Jenny Popp Is Promoted to Senior Associate Editor of Both Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Magazines
(April 29, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Jenny Popp, a senior editorial staff member of SMT Magazine, has been promoted to Senior Associate Editor of Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) magazines.
Guide for U.S. High-Tech Companies Describes Far-Reaching Strategic Impact of European Environmental Laws
(April 29, 2003) Washington, D.C. -- A new guide published today reveals that the U.S. high-tech industry has less than two years to comply with two environmental laws that were adopted by the European Union (EU) Council of Ministers on February 13, 2003.
Advanced Ceramic and Nanoceramic Powders to Grow Over Next Four Years, Says BCC Research
(April 29, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc. (BCC), RGB-102U Advanced Ceramic Powders and Nano Ceramic Powders, the total U.S. market for advanced ceramic powders in 2002, including nano-sized powders, is estimated to be 918 million pounds worth $1.6 billion.
Newport to Present on Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Flip Chip Devices at Electro 2003
(April 29, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Daniel F. Crowley, director of sales at Newport/MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, will present a technical paper entitled "Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Flip Chip Devices" at the technical conference of Electro 2003, at the Bayside Exposition Center, Boston, Mass., June 10 through 11, 2003.
Park Electrochemical Realigns North American FR-4 Business Operations
(April 28, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. has realigned its North American FR-4 business operations located in Newburgh, N.Y. and Fullerton, Calif. and the establishment of a new business unit called "Nelco/North America."
IPC's Spring TMRC Conference: The Must See (or Not See) Event of 2003
(April 25, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released the agenda for the 2003 Spring Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place Tuesday, May 6.
Ken Cavallaro Launches Riverview Partners
(April 25, 2003) West Newbury, Mass. -- Ken Cavallaro, former president of Camelot Systems Inc, has launched Riverview Partners Inc., a strategic business development consulting company.
U.S. Demand for EMI/RFI Shielding Options to Exceed $600 Million by 2008, Says BCC Research
(April 24, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co Inc., RGB-066Y EMI: Materials and Technologies, the U.S. demand for EMI/RFI shielding options was estimated at $523 million in 2002 and is expected to approach $630 million by 2008.
Andreas Moebius, Ph.D. Appointed Enthone R&D Fellow
(April 24, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- Professor Andreas Moebius, Ph.D. has been appointed R&D fellow by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
Senko Announces Wiring Systems Distribution Agreement with Sumitomo
(April 24, 2003) Erlanger, Ky. -- Effective February 1, 2003, SENKO America Corp. became the first non-exclusive North American distributor of the Sumitomo Wiring System (SWS) line of connector products.
Tastitalia to Promote Switch Solutions Using Duraswitch Technologies at Fortronic
(April 23, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee Tastitalia S.p.A. plans its next promotion of Duraswitch's state of the art technologies at Fortronic-Electronics Forum 2003, held May 7 through 9 in Padova, Italy (Pavilion 5, booth #C18/C19).
John Yim Appointed to Vice President Sales, Asia by Enthone
(April 23, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- John Yim has been appointed vice president sales, Asia by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
IPC Honors Best Papers at APEX 2003
(April 23, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries recognized the winners of this year's Best U.S. and International Papers at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 29 through April 2, in Anaheim, Calif.
U.S. Pressure Switch Market Stands the Test of Time, According to VDC
(April 23, 2003) Natick, Mass. -- Despite growing competition from pressure transducers and transmitters, pressure switches will continue to find use in a variety of applications.
MEMS Continues Its Advance into Optical Networking
(April 22, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Despite the continued downturn in expenditures for telecom components, 2002 was surprisingly strong for suppliers of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems)-based solutions to the optical networking market, reports In-Stat/MDR.
IPC Honors Best Paper at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003
(April 22, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries recognized the winner of this year's Best Paper in Conference award, as well as 32 individuals for their contribution to IPC and the electronics industry, at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, held March 23 through 27, in Long Beach, Calif.
SMTA Offers Sneak Preview of SMTA International
(April 22, 2003) Minneapolis -- SMTA is again co-locating its annual conference, SMTA International, with the Assembly Tech Expo (ATExpo) show this fall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
Sanmina-SCI Facility to Implement Datasweep Performance Management Solutions to Collaborate with OEM Customers
(April 21, 2003) Montreal and San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp.'s Montreal facility will implement Datasweep Inc,'s Advantage suite to enable collaboration with certain participating customers.
Shipley Announces Distribution Agreement with Unichem Industries
(April 21, 2003) San Clemente, Calif. and Marlboro, Mass. -- Unichem Industries Inc. will operate as the exclusive distributor for Shipley Co. LLC's North American processing equipment used in the manufacture of printed wiring boards (PWBs).
IPC Honors 66 Members at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003
(April 18, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries honored 66 individuals at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 29 through April 2, in Anaheim, Calif., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics industry.
LASER World of Photonics Focuses on Research and Applications
(April 18, 2003) Munich, Germany -- Photonics research, trends, financing and applications will be the focus of industry events held in conjunction with LASER. World of Photonics, the world's largest trade show for optical technology.
IPC Seeking Volunteers for 2003 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference
(April 17, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces a call for participation in its 2003 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, taking place September 28 through October 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
AeA Teams up with B2Gsource and Federal Sources to Connect Members to Government Business Opportunies
(April 16, 2003) Washington, D.C. -- Recognizing a much-needed revenue source, AeA is teaming up with two companies -- B2Gsource Inc and Federal Sources Inc (FSI) --- to connect its members with government business opportunities.
Advanced Interconnect Technologies Consolidates, Expands Assembly and Test Operations in Indonesia
(April 15, 2003) Pleasanton, Calif. -- Advanced Interconnect Technologies (AIT) will consolidate and expand its assembly and test operations in its factory in Batam, Indonesia.
Matheson Tri-Gas, Matheson Gas Products Korea Announce Completion of High Purity Ammonia Facility
(April 15, 2003) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.and its subsidiary in Korea, Matheson Gas Products Korea have completed a new high purity ammonia facility located in Chonan, Korea.
Global Robotics to Nearly Double to $16 Billion Industry by 2007, Says BCC Research
(April 14, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RG-270 Robots/Automation Devices, the current global robotics market, which is composed of both whole robots and robot parts, is estimated at more than $8 billion. It is estimated to reach $16 billion by 2007 as it grows at an average annual growth rate of 14.7 percent through the forecast period.
Brady and ZESTRON Update Compatibility Testing
(April 14, 2003) Ashburn, Va. -- After many years of successful collaboration, Brady Corp., a world leader in identification solutions and ZESTRON have successfully completed an extensive update of their compatibility testing.
IPC Releases Attendance Numbers for APEX 2003
(April 11, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries reports that 3,600 attendees gathered in Anaheim, Calif., for IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 31 through April 2.
Norplex Acquires the Micarta Product Group in Hampton, S.C.
(April 11, 2003) Postville, Iowa -- The Industrial Laminates/Norplex Inc. (ILN), Division of Industrial Dielectrics Inc., acquired the assets of Nevamar's industrial laminates production, located in Hampton, S.C.
IPC Releases Attendance Numbers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003
(April 10, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries reports that more than 3,000 visitors gathered in Long Beach, Calif., for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, held March 23 through 27.
ITT Industries, Cannon Promotes Olivier Duperray to Chief Operating Officer
(April 10, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. -- ITT Industries Inc. has promoted Olivier Duperray to senior vice president & chief operating officer -- worldwide for its Electronic Components (Cannon) segment, which includes its connector and switch businesses.
V.J. ElectroniX Buys Teradyne's Manual X-Ray and Rework Systems Business Units
(April 10, 2003) Bohemia, N.Y. -- V.J. ElectroniX, a division of V.J. Technologies Inc., has acquired Teradyne's manual X-ray inspection systems business, part of the former NIS business, and the SRT rework systems business.
Palomar Forms The One Alliance
(April 9, 2003) Vista, Calif. -- Palomar Technologies has established The One Allaince with its alliance companies, Axys Technologies, Creative Automation and ILX Lightwave, to become the first in photonic assembly to integrate multiple machines and processes in a complete assembly line.
Viscom Appoints Salewski to Support Expansion in US Market
(April 9, 2003) Norcross, Ga. -- As part of its 2003 initiative to expand in the U.S. market, Viscom AG has appointed Carsten Salewski to support the Hanover, Germany-based company's branch offices, including the company's U.S. headquarters, and to fortify the company's presence in the U.S.
2002 NEMI Roadmap Points to Areas of Opportunity for Industry
(April 8, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- Although the downturn in the electronics industry has delayed deployment of many technologies, there are still areas that promise potential growth, according to the 2002 roadmap of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI).
UDC Lead Scientist Elected to National Academy of Engineering
(April 7, 2003) Ewing, N.J. -- Stephen R. Forrest, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University and the lead scientist from Princeton University in its partnership with Universal Display Corp. (UDC) was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
2003 IRPS Kicks Off 41st Annual Event
(April 7, 2003) Dallas -- The 41st Annual IEEE 2003 International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) opened Sunday, March 30, at the Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas, to robust attendance and a record number of papers and presentations, more than 140 in total.
SMTA Recognizes Pan Pacific Symposium Speaker
(April 4, 2003) Minneapolis -- To reward exceptional achievement recently at the SMTA Pan Pacific Symposium (February 18 through 20 at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii), Dave Gagnon, 3M Co., was named winner of the Best of Conference Award.
Elcoteq Sponsors Technology Forecasters' Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain
(April 4, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) announces that Elecoteq Network Corp. is a corporate sponsor of the September 20, 2003, Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain program.
Richardson Electronics Announces Representation Agreement with iTerra Communciations
(April 2, 2003) LaFox, Ill. and Fremont, Calif. -- Richardson Electronics has signed a distribution agreement with iTerra Communications, LLC.
Elcoteq Announces the Decisions of Its Annual Meeting
(April 1, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp.'s Annual General Meeting took place in Helsinki, Finland, on March 26, 2003.
FKI Logistex Alvey Systems Appoints New Joint Marketing Manager for FKI Logistek Alvey and White Systems
(April 1, 2003) St. Louis -- Alvey Systems, an FKI Logistex member company has appointed Kevin Kozuszek as manager of marketing communications for FKI Logistex Alvey Systems and White Systems, key members of the FKI Logistex Manufacturers Team.
HID Creates New Technical Training Position to Support iCLASS Contactless Smart Card Technology
(April 1, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Bill Richardson has been hired as HID's technical training manager to educate customers about iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology, as well as all current and new HID products.
Asyst Technologies, Solectron Begin Volume Production of Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment in Singapore
(March 31, 2003) Singapore -- Asyst Technologies Inc. and Solectron Corp. have unveiled a new, state-of-the-art clean room that represents the largest commitment ever to the production of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in Singapore.
Datcom Institutes Job Cuts, Streamlining in Radfeld and Singapore
(March 31, 2003) Radfeld, Austria -- In the coming weeks, Datacon Technology AG will implement measures that will lead to a tighter and more efficient organization and reduced costs.
YESTech Launches at APEX 2003 with Advanced X-Ray and AOI Inspection Systems
(March 31, 2003) Anaheim, Calif. -- YESTech has made its official launch with the introduction of two advanced new products at APEX 2003, North America's largest exhibition and conference on electronics manufacturing and testing.
IMS Rated 100 Percent/A+ by Interpoint
(March 28, 2003) Portsmouth, R.I. -- International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has been rated 100 percent or A+ by its customer Interpoint, a Crane Co. company, in a recent Vendor Performance Report.
Industry Pioneer Harold H. Powell Dies
(March 28, 2003) Philadelphia -- Harold H. Powell, founder and Chairman of the Board of Powell Electronics Inc., died Friday, March 21, in Miami, Fla.
ASAT Holdings Ltd to Present at Credit Suisse First Boston Asian Investment Conference
(March 27, 2003) Hong Kong and Fremont, Calif. -- ASAT Holdings Ltd. will present at the Credit Suisse First Boston Asian Investment Conference on Thursday, March 27 at 3:15 p.m. Hong Kong time (2:15 a.m. Eastern Time).
KEMET Names Graves President and Chief Executive Officer
(March 27, 2003) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. announces that Jeffrey Graves, Ph.D. has been named president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Asymtek Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award
(March 26, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek, a Nordson company, was named a recipient of Intel Corp.'s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success.
Supply Chain Requirements Now Include Environmental Hurdles, Says Technology Forecasters
(March 26, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Customers' supply-chain requirements include more than price, specification, and availability today, according to the study "Creating Business Value through Strategic Supply-Chain Partnerships" from Technology Forecasters Inc.
Construction Completed on Omron's Keihanna Technology Innovation Center
(March 26, 2003) Tokyo -- As part of its celebration marking 70 years since its establishment, construction of Omron's new Keihanna Technology Innovation Center in Kansai Science City (region in western Japan encompassing parts of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara) was completed on Monday.
EV Group Supports Waseda University on Nanotechnology Research
(March 25, 2003) Scharding, Austria -- EV Group (EVG) has shipped and installed a complete product line for nanoimprinting, hot embossing, spray coating and wafer alignment at Waseda University Japan.
Indigo Systems Awarded F-35 JSF Contract by Northrop Grumman to Deliver Infrared Sensors
(March 25, 2003) Goleta, Calif. -- Indigo Systems was awarded a major contract by Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems to deliver infrared (IR) Integrated Detective Assemblies (IDAs) for the 21st century F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) program.
NEMI Plans Optoelectronics 'Gap Analysis' Meeting, Discusses Findings of 2002 NEMI Roadmap at Upcoming Conferences
(March 25, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) will present findings from the optoelectronics chapter of its 2002 roadmap and discuss the consortium's optoelectronics initiatives at two industry venues this spring.
IPC Says Shows Must Go On
(March 24, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced that plans for its two upcoming exhibitions and conferences, IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003 and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, remain intact, despite the latest developments in the Middle East and around the world.
Solectron Improves Cash Flow, Reduces Expense in Meeting Second Quarter Guidance
(March 24, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has reported fiscal second-quarter sales of $2.8 billion, in line with the company's guidance for sales of $2.8 to $3 billion.
ATS Photowatt Subsidiary Wins Major Order for Solar Modules
(March 20, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.'s Photowatt subsidiary has been awarded a major contract for the supply of photovoltaic solar modules over the next 12 months with an estimated value of $31.1 million.
ATS Receives Automation Orders From Two Repeat Automotive Customers Totaling $9 Million
(March 19, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has been awarded two separate contracts valued at $9 million for the design, manufacture and supply of automated manufacturing systems from two major multinational tier one automotive customers.
Amy Tsang Promoted to Director of Marketing -- Performance Coatings, Asia by Enthone
(March 19, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- Amy Tsang has been promoted to director of marketing -- Performance Coatings, Asia by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
IPC, HKPCA to Co-Create International Exhibition for PCB and Assembly Industries
(March 19, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA) will co-produce the International Printed Circuit and Electronics Assembly Fair on September 17 through 19, 2003, at the Guangzhou International Convention Center in Guangzhou, China.
Universal Instruments Opens Facility in Shekou
(March 18, 2003) Shekou, Guangdong Province, China -- Universal Instruments Corp. (UIC) has opened its US $5 million manufacturing facility here, previously announced on February 4.
Teradyne Wins Competitive Microcontroller Design-In at Haier
(March 17, 2003) Shanghai -- The Haier IC Co. of Shanghai, a division of the Haier Group, selected Teradyne Inc. to assist in the design verification of a microcontroller for use in numerous home appliances such as refrigerators, washers, air-conditioning units and dishwashers.
Improved Production Yields, Cost Boost Electronic Assemblers' Demand for Inspection Equipment, Says Frost & Sullivan
(March 17, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Inspection Equipment Market, reveals that the industry generated revenues totaling $403 million in 2002. Total market revenues could reach $1.1 billion in 2009.
U.S. Spectroscopy Market to Reach $4.3 Billion by 2007, Says BCC Research
(March 14, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-168R Spectroscopy: An Enduring Market, the U.S. spectroscopy market in 2002 was $2.8 billion. It is expected to rise at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 9.1 percent and reach $4.3 billion by 2007.
Tastitalia to Promote Duraswitch Technologies at INTERTRONIC
(March 14, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee of the year for Europe in 2002, Tastitalia S.p.A., plans for a major promotion of Duraswitch's state of the art technologies at INTERTRONIC 2003, held March 25 through 28 (Hall 7-2 of Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles).
NEPCON East/Electro to Feature Five Free Educational Sessions
(March 13, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- NEPCON East/Electro 2003, the Northeast's leading source for electronics manufacturing solutions, will provide OEMs and CMs direct access to innovative solutions for every stage of the manufacturing process -- from design, packaging and components to assembly and test.
IMS Appoints Chalman Technologies Rep for U.S. Southwest
(March 12, 2003) Portsmouth, R.I. and Anaheim, Calif. -- International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has appointed Chalman Technologies Inc. as their sales engineering representatives in the Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico territories.
SMTA Releases New Industry-Wide Testability Guidelines
(March 11, 2003) Minneapolis -- Led by SMTA Testability Committee chair Louis Ungar, A.T.E. Solutions, the SMTA Testability Guidelines TP-101C were developed to present information to comprehensively test and accurately diagnose the complex circuitry produced in modern electronics manufacturing.
Assembly East Moves to Boston to Join NEPCON East/Electro
(March 11, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly East, the leading Northeast trade event dedicated exclusively to final product assembly, is moving north.
JNJ's Service Manager Temporarily Finds New Role in Operating Enduring Freedom
(March 11, 2003) Franklin, Mass. -- JNJ Industries' Service Manager Tim McFadden has joined the War on Terror as part of the U.S. Army's Special Forces, serving in Afghanistan and neighboring theaters of conflict as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
New EMS, Lightspeed Manufacturing, Opens for Business
(March 10, 2003) Methuen, Mass. -- Electronics manufacturing industry veteran and BGA specialist Rich Breault, whose previous enterprise NETCO Automation was known for its expertise in BGA services and prototype development, has founded a new EMS company, Lightspeed Manufacturing Inc.
Teradyne Demonstrates Test Solutions for Emerging Technologies at SEMICON China
(March 10, 2003) Shanghai -- Teradyne Inc. will participate in the semiconductor industry tradeshow SEMICON China (Booth 2455) in Shanghai March 12-14, demonstrating test solutions for Wireless, BBAC, PC Audio and a DVD device "made in China" on two industry leading test systems.
Global Rare Earth Market Forecast to Reach Nearly $2 Billion By 2007, Says BCC Research
(March 7, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-118U Rare Earths: Worldwide Markets, Applications, Technology, the global rare earth market was estimated at 78,205 metric tons in 2002, valued at $1.6 billion.
Elcoteq Issues Invitation to Annual General Meeting
(March 6, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp. shareholders are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2003.
JPSA Laser Announces Growth, Expansion
(March 5, 2003) Hollis, N.H. -- JPSA Laser announces plans for the company's growth-driven expansion, the result of increasing demands for its products and contract services.
IPC, SOLDERTEC Conference to Address Hot Lead Free Topics
(March 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced plans to join SOLDERTEC, a division of Tin Technology, to sponsor the International Conference on Lead-Free Electronics on June 10 through 13, 2003, in Brussels, Belgium.
Yun Zhang, Ph.D. Appointed Research Director, Enthone
(March 3, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- Yun Zhang, Ph.D. has been appointed research director by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
IPC Develops Virtual and Actual 2003 Spring TMRC Conference
(March 3, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has developed two ways to participate in the 2003 Spring Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place on Tuesday, May 6.
ZESTRON Global Headquarters Relocates to the U.S.
(February 28, 2003) Ashburn, Va. -- The headquarters of all ZESTRON Corp.'s operations, including its European and southeast Asian operations, have been relocated to Ashburn, Va.
Roadmap Provided to Address Supply and Demand Chain Management Challenges
(February 27, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Investments by electronics manufacturing companies of millions of dollars in software products to manage and automate supply and demand quantification (within and among partners required to design, make, sell, deliver and support products) have not prevented margins of error from 50 to 100 percent, which have created rifts between suppliers and customers, cost business partners millions of dollars, and delayed product launches.
Phoenix International, MSL Embrace IPC EMS Program Manager Certification Program
(February 26, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- Two electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies have expressed their support for IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries' EMS Program Manager Certification Program, which trains all levels of program managers within the EMS industry in operations, project management, finance, contract management and leadership skills.
Agile Systems' Latest Series of Distributed Motion Products Meant 80 Percent Increase in Sales
(February 25, 2003) Waterloo, Canada -- With the introduction of the Max 3000 series, a range of compact distributed motion controllers and multiple axis amplifiers leading the way, Agile Systems Inc. was able to post an 80 percent increase in 2002 product shipments over the previous 12 months.
Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials Announces Price Increase Effective March 3
(February 24, 2003) Jersey City, N.J. -- Effective March 3, 2003, Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials will increase prices for its products by an average of 3 percent.
EPA Signs Final MP&M Rule, Signifies Key Victory for U.S. PCB Industry
(February 24, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently signed a final rule on Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) effluent limit guidelines.
Fujitsu, NEC and Toshiba Agree on Common Specifications for Burst Mode Pseudo SRAM User Interface
(February 21, 2003) Tokyo -- Fujitsu Ltd., NEC Electronics Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have reached an agreement on common specifications for Pseudo Static Random Access Memory (PSRAM*1) devices that feature burst mode function enabling fast access operation.
Free Offerings In Abundance at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003
(February 20, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has planned several complimentary events at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, which takes place March 23 through 27 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
Newport's Randy Heyler Appointed PMAC Steering Committee Chair
(February 20, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Randy Heyler, vice president of business development, Newport Corp., has been appointed 2003 Steering Committee chairman for the Photonics Manufacturing Association Council (PMAC).
Raytheon Keynote to Share Design for Six Sigma Successes
(February 19, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- Gregory S. Shelton, vice president of engineering and technology of the Raytheon Co., will present his insights into Design for Six Sigma with attendees at noon on Tuesday, June 10 at NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East 2003.
FlexLink to Host Forum at APEX 2003
(February 18, 2003) Bethlehem, Pa. -- FlexLink Systems Inc. will host a Forum in the technical symposium and conference at the APEX 2003 Exhibition and Conference, in Anaheim, Calif., on Wednesday, April 2, 2003, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Solectron Replaces Expiring 364-Day Credit Facility
(February 18, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has executed a secured 364-day, $200 million credit facility to replace its existing 364-day, $250 million facility that expired on February 13.
TESCO Invests US $600,000 in Tecnomatix eMPower Enterprise Solution
(February 14, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- TESCO has purchased additional licenses and consulting services valued at more than US $600,000 for an eMPower Enterprise Solution that includes eM-Planner, eM-Workplace, eM-SPOT and eM-OLP from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.
PXI Systems Alliance Names New Officers
(February 14, 2003) San Diego -- The PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA), a global non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting PXI technology, has named Teradyne Marketing Manager Bob Stasonis as its president and Geotest President Loofie Gutterman as its new director of marketing.
ATS Reports Strong Third Quarter Revenues
(February 12, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has reported its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2003, including a 24 percent increase in revenue driven by strong growth in automation systems, precision components and solar operations.
Polarfab, Silvaco Partner in Analog Design Kit Support
(February 12, 2003) Bloomington, Minn. and Santa Clara, Calif. -- PolarFab and Silvaco have formed an agreement to provide mutual customers with analog process design kits that result in higher design productivity.
Rickert Steps Down as President and CEO; Dangel Named Successor at Bosch Rexroth
(February 12, 2003) Hoffman Estates, Ill. -- The Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth AG, Lohr, Germany, announces that Bob Rickert will step down as president and chief executive officer of Bosch Rexroth Corp. and will be replaced by Wolfgang Dangel, currently an executive vice president and the chief financial officer.
Agilent's Kamran Firooz to Lead OSS Division
(February 11, 2003) Loveland, Colo. -- Kamran Firooz, vice president and long-time general manager of Agilent's Manufacturing Test Business Unit, has accepted the position of vice president and general manager of its Operations Support Systems Division (OSSD), effective March 3.
SMTA Launches Mission to China
(February 11, 2003) Minneapolis -- Limited to just 20 SMTA members, SMTA's Mission to China, taking place April 7 through 8, will provide participants immediate access to a network of government and industry contacts to help establish relationships that are critical to succeeding in the global economy.
Asymtek Receives Factory Mutual Research Rating for Century Conformal Coating System
(February 10, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek has received the Factory Mutual Research Rating for their Century C-740 and C-741 selective conformal coating systems, assuring the highest safety standards for its customers and employees.
Rohm and Haas Co. Reports Fourth Quarter 2002 and Full Year Results
(February 10, 2003) Philadelphia -- Rohm and Haas Co. has reported fourth quarter sales of $1.4 billion, a 7 percent increase over the same period in 2001, reflecting solid improvement in the Coatings, Electronic Materials, Salt and Monomers businesses.
Teradyne, Marconi Selenia Communications Complete Digital Test Unit Integration for Military/Aerospace Programs
(February 10, 2003) Westford, Mass. and Italy -- Teradyne's Assembly Test Division has completed the integration of its M910 digital test instrument (DTI) into the Marconi Selenia Communications general purpose automatic test equipment (GPATE) platform.
Universal Instruments Adds Shopping Cart Functionality to Web Site
(February 7, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- On January 28, 2003, Universal Instruments enhanced the functionality of its Web site by adding a shopping cart feature that enables users to easily order spare parts and services in a secure Web environment.
Carbon Nanotubes Are Materials of the Future, Says BCC
(February 6, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-245R Nanotubes: Directions and Technologies, estimates of the total volume of research based on nanotubes (both single wall and specialty multiwall nanotubes) that have been produced worldwide to date, range from 10 to 20 kg, with a value of approximately $5 to $10 million.
Global Market for Optical Thin Film Coatings to Reach $7.33 Billion by 2007, Says BCC
(February 5, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-187R Future for Optical Coatings, the global market for optical thin film coatings is estimated at $5.95 billion in 2002. Expected to grow at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 4.3 percent, this market is likely to reach $7.33 billion by 2007.
Vitronics Soltec Building New Facility
(February 5, 2003) Oosterhout, The Netherlands -- Construction of a state-of-the-art facility for Vitronics Soltec has begun in Oosterhout, the Netherlands, not far from the company's present location.
Universal to Open New World-Class Manufacturing Facility in Guangdong Province at End of February
(February 4, 2003) Shekou, Guangdong Provence, China -- On February 28, Universal Instruments Corp, will be hosting a customer and press event to celebrate and discuss the opening of the company's brand new world-class manufacturing facility here.
Ansoft's Founder, Chairman and CTO Zoltan Cendes Elected IEEE Fellow
(February 3, 2003) Pittsburgh -- Zoltan Cendes, Ph.D., Ansoft Corp.'s founder, chairman, and chief technology officer, was recently elected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow for his outstanding contributions to the application of finite-element modeling to microwave guides, structures, and circuits.
Fairchild Semiconductor Achieves Occupational Health & Safety Certification for Cebu, Philippines Facility
(January 31, 2003) South Portland, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor's Cebu, Philippines assembly and test facility has received the internationally recognized Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certification.
IPC Restructures Exhibition, Creates Venue to Serve Entire Electronics Industry
(January 31, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries will collocate IPC SMEMA Council's APEX and IPC Printed Circuits Expo on February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Photon Dynamics Reports First Quarter 2003 Results, Announces Departure from PCBA Inspection Market
(January 31, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. has reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2003, ending December 31, 2002.
Edward J. Kelley Appointed OEM Marketing Manager, Polyclad Laminates
(January 31, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. -- Edward J. Kelley has been appointed OEM marketing manager, Polyclad Laminates Inc. by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.
MEMS Driving Innovation in Automotive Sector, Says In-Stat/MDR
(January 29, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Despite the considerable opportunity that the automotive sector offers for many different uses of MEMS technology, In-Stat/MDR reports that only a few devices have, to date, been integrated in high volume in a small number of applications.
PCB Designers' Skills, Visibility and Value Improved at IPC Designers Council Summit
(January 29, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its Designers Council have released the program schedules for the Interactive Hands-On Workshops and Off-Site Applied Training segments of its 2003 IPC Designers Council Summit.
Dow Corning to Acquire Raychem Power Materials Business Unit of Tyco Electronics
(January 28, 2003) Midland, Mich. -- In a move to expand its share of the fabricated thermal interface materials market, Dow Corning Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Raychem Power Materials Business Unit of Tyco Electronics.
AVX Announces Third Quarter Results
(January 28, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $282.6 million in the third quarter ended December 31, 2002, and that the net loss for the quarter was $0.7 million, or 0 cents per diluted share.
Elcoteq Releases Preliminary 2002 Results
(January 28, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq's net sales in 2002 totaled MEUR 1,840 (net sales in 2001: MEUR 1,862). The operating profit was approximately MEUR 25 (MEUR -18.4), and profit before taxes and minority interests was approximately MEUR 18 (MEUR -30.7).
Distinguished Triad to Address Attendees at APEX 2003
(January 27, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the three keynote speakers for IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, taking place March 31 through April 2, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Universal Display Wins Army SBIR Contract to Focus on the Use of Metal Foil for Flexible Displays
(January 24, 2003) Ewing, N.J. -- Universal Display Corp. has been awarded a $69,850 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the U.S. Department of the Army to demonstrate the feasibility of building active-matrix, organic light-emitting device (AMOLED) displays on durable metal foil for use in military applications where size, weight and ruggedness are critical.
ElectroniCast's Optical Modulator Market Forecast Published
(January 24, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s new market study, North America led global consumption of optical modulators in 2002, with a 40 percent relative market share.
IPC Photonics Manufacturing Association Council Continues its Evolution
(January 24, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries' Photonics Manufacturing Association Council (PMAC) has recently assembled a Steering Committee to oversee the Council's steady development of a body responsible for organizing and coordinating standardization, roadmapping, legislative, market research and education efforts within the photonics industry.
ESI Opens New Office in Hsinchu, Taiwan
(January 23, 2003) Portland, Ore. -- Electro Scientific Industries Inc. has opened an expanded office in Jubei City, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Newport to Report Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results on January 29
(January 23, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. announces that on Wednesday, January 29, 2003, the company will release results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2002.
Berufsakademie Baden Wurttemberg Integrates Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solutions into Curriculum
(January 23, 2003) Germany and Nashua, N.H. -- Berufsakademie Baden Wurttemberg, Germany's University of Cooperative Education, will begin training all industry partners and new engineering students on Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower MPM solutions
IPC Releases APEX 2003 Technical Conference Schedule
(January 22, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the technical conference sessions to be presented at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, being held March 31 through April 2, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Global PCB Price Erosion Slowing, Says Purcon-iPro
(January 22, 2003) UK -- Price erosion of printed circuit boards, which reached as much as 10 percent per quarter in the second half of 2001, has now slowed to less than 5 percent per quarter, according to the latest report from UK electronics industry specialists, Purcon-iPro.
Tom Ryan Joins Accent to Head X-ray Diffraction Business
(January 21, 2003) Bend, Ore. -- Accent Optical Technologies has appointed Tom Ryan, Ph.D. to director of business development, X-ray Diffraction.
Solectron Expands Customer Relationship Management Services in Europe
(January 21, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. and Milan, Italy -- Solectron Corp. has acquired Ce.Mar Srl., the leading call center and technical support service provider in Italy, strengthening Solectron's customer relationship management (CRM) offerings in Europe.
Teradyne Signs Molex as Second-Source Producer of GbX High-Speed, High-Density Connector
(January 21, 2003) Nashua, N.H. and Lisle, Ill. -- Teradyne Inc. Connection Systems Division (TCS) and Molex Inc. have signed a second-source licensing agreement that grants Molex the right to manufacture, market and sell the GbX connector.
Solectron Executive Vice President to Lead Global Services Unit
(January 20, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has named George Moore, an executive vice president of the company, to head its Global Services business unit.
IPC Assists in Preparation of Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Electronics Industry
(January 20, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has created the IPC Electronics Assembly Scholarship Fund, an endowment the association established to support the electronics program of Curie Metropolitan High School, Chicago, Ill.
Original Design Manufacturers to Discuss Intellectual Property Protection
(January 17, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- On March 6, 2003, executives from original design manufacturers (ODMs) will speak on a panel entitled, "Intellectual Property Protection and Comparisons with Electronic Manufacturing Services Companies" to address name-brand electronic equipment makers' increasing yet cautious use of companies that provide not only manufacturing services but also their own line of product designs.
Aries Cuts Delivery Time to Two Weeks for Standard RF Test Sockets
(January 17, 2003) Frenchtown, N.J. -- Aries Electronics offers expedited delivery of two weeks, versus six weeks, for the company's standard lines of Microstrip and Spring Probe RF test sockets.
AVX to Convert Commercial SMT Tantalum Capacitors to Lead-Free Technology
(January 16, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- In response to the increasing demand for environmentally friendly components, AVX Corp. will convert is commercial line of surface mount tantalum capacitors to lead-free technology during the first six months of 2003.
Embedded FPGA Market to Evade Effects of Current Economic Downturn, Says In-Stat/MDR
(January 15, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- While current economic conditions will affect all aspects of the semiconductor industry, the impact on the embedded FPGA (field-programmable gate arrays) market should be minimal, according to In-Stat/MDR.
ElectroniCast Forecasts Optical Fiber Amplifier Gain Block Consumption to Reach $2.54 Billion by 2006
(January 14, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's "Optical Fiber Amplifier, Gain Block & Components Global Market Forecast Report" presents a detailed 10-year forecast and analysis of the consumption of optical fiber amplifiers (OFAs).