Techdyne Announces Strategic Acquisition
(July 17, 2003) Hialeah, Fla. — Techdyne Inc. has acquired AG Technologies Inc., an international, value-added provider of comprehensive electronic manufacturing services (EMS), with facilities in the United States and Matamoros, Mexico, as well as extensive manufacturing and design relationships in Asia.
BOC Acquires Precision Cleaning from ATS
(July 15, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has sold the intellectual property and key operating assets of its Eco-Snow Systems Inc. division to The BOC Group for US $6.4 million as part of a new strategic alliance between the two companies.
Start of Embedded in Munich Postponed Until November 2004
(July 15, 2003) Munich — Messe München GmbH and CMP Media have decided to postpone the start of the Embedded in Munich with Embedded Systems Conference Munich, originally scheduled for November 11 through 14, 2003, until 2004.
IPC Quells Flames of Halogen-free Issue
(July 14, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces its strong support for the use of today's halogen flame retardants in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and assemblies in its recently released IPC-WP/TR-584, IPC White Paper and Technical Report on Halogen-Free Materials Used for Printed Circuit Boards and Assemblies.
Biomedical Display Devices to Grow an Average of 35 Percent per Year Through 2007, Says BCC Research
(July 14, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RB-162 Biomedical Applications of Nanoscale Devices, the worldwide market for nanoscale devices and molecular modeling is expected to rise at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 27.5 percent from $406 million in 2002 to $1.37 billion in 2007.
ITT Industries Names Reichelderfer President of ITT Industries, Cannon
(July 14, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. — ITT Industries Inc. has named Brenda L. Reichelderfer, senior vice president of the corporation, to president of ITT Cannon.
EKRA, Speedline Technologies Form Technology Cross-Licensing Agreement
(July 14, 2003) Bonnigheim, Germany — EKRA and Speedline Technologies Inc., also known as Cookson Electronics Equipment (CEE), have formed an agreement between the two companies to cross-license patented technologies relating to screen and stencil printing technology.
June Keeps Electronic Component Orders in Slumber, Says ECA
(July 11, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Summer has arrived and brought familiar news to the electronic components industry: flat orders in June, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).
Research Shows Terminology, Product Complexity Impacting Adoption of New Technologies Worldwide
(July 11, 2003) Sunnyvale, Calif. — A new study from the AMD Global Consumer Advisory Board (GCAB), released during its biannual meeting this year in Stockholm, Sweden, reveals
ATS Wins Multiple Automation Systems Contracts from Major Automotive Customer
(July 10, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. announces that a major multinational automotive component manufacturer has placed numerous orders for turn-key automation systems valued at a total of US $13.2 million that will be employed at several of the customer's worldwide facilities.
Digitaltest Sells MTS500 Condor XL to The Test Connection
(July 10, 2003) Concord, Calif. and Reisterstown, Md. — US Digitaltest Inc., a subsidiary of Digitaltest GmbH of Blankenloch, Germany, announces that The Test Connection Inc. (TTCI) has purchased the MTS 500 Condor XL, the most advanced member of Digitaltest's MTS family of test systems.
Lead-free Solders, Embedded Passives Headline Professional Development Schedule at 2003 IPC Annual Meeting
(July 7, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC —Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released its schedule of professional development courses for the 2003 IPC Annual Meeting, taking place September 28 through October 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Nu Horizons Reports Sales and Earnings Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2003
(July 3, 2003) Melville, N.Y. — Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2004, reflecting the period ended May 31, 2003.
ElectroniCast Specialty Optical Fiber Global Market Forecast Released
(July 2, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. — The worldwide consumption value of a selected group of specialty optical fiber is expected to increase 28 percent this year, from $155 million to $199 million, according to study results just released by ElectroniCast Corp.
JPSA Laser Announces Enhanced Contract Laser Micro-machining Services, Capabilities
(July 1, 2003) Hollis, N.H. — JPSA Laser announces new capabilities and enhancements to its expanding contract UV laser micromachining services for a variety of applications ranging from semiconductor processing to biomedical and blue LED wafer scribing and beyond.
Optical MEMS Finding Greater Opportunities in Non-Telecom Products, Says In-Stat
(July 1, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — High-tech market research firm In-Stat/MDR reports that optical MEMS are extremely well suited to products that demand high-quality imaging and/or use lasers, and where their small form factor can open the door to new market opportunities. As a result, sales of optical MEMS, into segments other than telecommunications, are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 15.8 percent over the next five years.
SMTA Establishes MSD Council
(July 1, 2003) Minneapolis — The SMTA has established a Moisture Sensitivity Devices (MSD) Council, which had its preliminary meeting on March 31, 2003, at the Anaheim Marriott Suites Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
EKRA Provides Its Own Financing Model
(June 30, 2003) Boennigheim, Germany — In response to the increasing demand for investment aid in the electronics assembly sector in Germany, especially among small and medium-sized companies, EKRA GmbH has created their own financing service for the acquisition of its products, which has now been extended to the whole of Europe.
Park Electrochemical Reports First Quarter Results
(June 30, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. reported sales of $50 million for the first quarter ended June 1, 2003, compared to $56.5 million for the first quarter of last fiscal year.
IPC/Soldertec Conference on Lead-Free Electronics is an International Success
(June 27, 2003) Brussels, Belgium — About 200 attendees from around the world greatly enjoyed the recent "Conference on Lead-free Electronics Towards Implementation of the RoHS Directive," held here from June 10 through 12, jointly sponsored by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries (USA) and Soldertec at Tin Technology Ltd (UK).
IPC Annual Meeting Keynote Focus to be 'Avoiding Commoditization in a Competitive Landscape'
(June 26, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that Jim Gilmore, co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, will be the keynote speaker at the 2003 IPC Annual Meeting, taking place September 28 through October 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Universal Instruments Creates Industry Segment Account Manager Position
(June 26, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — In response to expanding business, Universal Instruments has introduced the position of industry segment account manager, in order to focus on growing markets within specific industries.
Tecnomatix Selected to Outfit Leading German Automotive Engineering Firm with MPM Tools Enterprise-Wide
(June 26, 2003) Herzlia, Israel and Ravensburg, Germany — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Engineering Bausch und Ziege GmbH (EBZ) has signed a US $500,000 contract with Tecnomatix for use of eMPower solutions, which will serve as the cornerstone of EBZ's MPM environment.
Milara Appoints Reality Technology as New Representative
(June 25, 2003) Medfield, Mass. — Milara Inc. has appointed Jennifer Peters and Gail Fekes of Reality Technology as a manufacturer's representative serving Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Rohm and Haas Issues Outlook for Second Quarter
(June 25, 2003) Philadelphia — Rohm and Haas announces that sales for the second quarter are expected to be 8 to 10 percent higher than the same period in 2002, driven by the favorable impact of currencies, acquisitions made in 2002 and selling price increases, while volume is expected to be flat, at best.
Mentor Graphics Adds Online Database to Customer Support Offerings
(June 24, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. announces the SupportNet KnowledgeBase, a support database that gives customers instant online access to the most up-to-date information on Mentor's products and solutions to commonly encountered design problems.
Industry Recession Deepened for Electronics Contract Manufacturing, Says TFI
(June 24, 2003) Alameda, Calif. — Whereas the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry grew at an average of more than 20 percent per year from 1993 until 2001, the industry came to a screeching halt, declining 4.7 percent in 2001 and 9 percent in 2002, according to a new study from Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI).
U.S. Technology Exports Down 26 Percent Since 2002, Says AeA
(June 23, 2003) Washington, D.C. — U.S. high-tech goods exports fell 26 percent from $223 billion in 2000 to $166 billion in 2002, according to a study released by AeA.
Solectron Appoints GE Executive Marc Onetto to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations
(June 20, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Marc Onetto, a senior GE executive with an extensive background in manufacturing, supply-chain management, information technology and quality, will join Solectron Corp. as executive vice president of worldwide operations.
Indigo Advanced Systems Moves to Niceville, Fla.
(June 19, 2003) Goleta, Calif. — Indigo Advanced Systems (IAS), an engineering group recently acquired by Indigo Systems Corp. has completed its move to Niceville, Fla.
Parlex Completes Sale/Leaseback and Bank Financing Transactions
(June 19, 2003) Methuen, Mass. — Parlex Corp. has completed the sale and leaseback of its facilities here and in Cranston, R.I. for $12 million, which consists of $2.65 million on a three-year interest-bearing term loan, a potential earn out of $1 million over five years and $8.35 million paid at closing.
Vishay Electro-Films Completes Installation of New Dicing and Laser Systems in Warwick Plant
(June 18, 2003) Malvern, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has completed installation of new dicing, laser trimming and laser scribing and drilling systems in its Electro-Films Inc. facility in Warwick, R.I.
Amphenol Files Shelf Registration Statement
(June 17, 2003) Wallingford, Conn. — Amphenol Corp. has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission registering 8.0 million shares of its common stock, 7.2 million owned by affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and 800,000 shares owned by management.
Milara Appoints CEME as New Representative
(June 17, 2003) Medfield, Mass. and Orange County, Calif. — Milara Inc. has appointed Competitive Edge Manufacturing Equipment (CEME) as a manufacturer's representative serving southern California, southern Nevada and Baja Mexico.
Productronica 2003 Highlights Key Growth Sectors in the International Electronics Production Market
(June 17, 2003) Munich, Germany — Productronica, the world's largest trade show for electronics production, will take place November 11 through 14, 2003, here.
Jaco Electronics Adds Important Suppliers with Completion of Reptron Distribution Acquisition
(June 16, 2003) Hauppauge, N.Y. — Jaco Electronics Inc. has completed its acquisition of certain assets of the electronics distribution operations of Reptron Distribution, formerly a division of Reptron Electronics Inc.
SMTA Announces SMTA International Special Symposiums and Emerging Technologies Summit
(June 16, 2003) Minneapolis — Organized by the SMTA, four SMTA International events are specifically planned for industry professionals who have an interest in emerging technologies, contract manufacturing, manufacturing migrations to China, or lead-free soldering technology.
Dow Corning Introduces Online 'Live Help' as New Option for Technical Support
(June 13, 2003) Midland, Mich. — Dow Corning Corp. has introduced a "Live Help" function that enables Web site visitors to get answers to product and technical questions and technical advice, using a live Web chat function.
Electronic Component Orders Remain Flat in May, Says ECA
(June 13, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Electronic component orders remained flat in May, continuing a long-term trend, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).
LTCC Market on the Rise, Says IMS Research
(June 12, 2003) Wellingborough, England — Merchant hybrid manufacturers are starting to seize the opportunities for low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), according to a new report by IMS Research on the European hybrid circuit and MCM market.
Robert Bosch Extends Use of Tecnomatix eMPower Solution for Production Optimization
(June 12, 2003) Nashua, N.H. — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.announces that Robert Bosch GmbHis extending its use of eM-RealNC software from Tecnomatix to production plants in Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic, the U.S. and Japan.
Adhesive and Sealant Council to Present Adhesives Forum at Assembly Technology Expo
(June 11, 2003) Bethesda, Md. — The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will sponsor a new "Adhesives Forum" on Wednesday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Assembly Technology Expo 2003.
IPC Solder Products Value Council, Solectron, Flextronics and U.S. NAVSEA Begin Reliability Test Program on Lead-free Solder
(June 11, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries' Solder Products Value Council (SPVC) has begun a comprehensive study of the three leading lead-free alloys (tin-silver-copper) in an effort to analyze the properties of the leading candidates for lead-free assembly.
SMTEK International Appoints Two New Board Members to Fill Vacancies
(June 11, 2003) Moorpark, Calif. — SMTEK International Inc. has appointed Edward Smith and Robert Howard to the Board of Directors of SMTEK to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of board members Oscar "Bud" Marx and Clay Biddinger, who resigned to pursue other interests.
Erik J. Bergum Appointed Vice President Sales, Polyclad Europe
(June 10, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. — Erik J. Bergum has been appointed vice president sales — Polyclad Europe, by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.
Asymtek/Nordson B.V. and Industry Partners to Host Conformal Coating & Dispensing Technology Seminar
(June 10, 2003) Maastricht, The Netherlands — Asymtek/Nordson B.V., together with fluid suppliers Dow Corning, Henkel Loctite, Emerson & Cuming, Heraeus, Lackwerke Peters, Schenectady, and Humiseal are holding an electronics applications dispensing seminar on June 18 and 19.
Ultrathin Dielectric Materials to Be 3M Topic at IPC Embedded Passives Conference
(June 9, 2003) Austin, Texas — A paper on the electrical performance and reliability advantages of using ultrathin (less than 25 µm) power-ground cores for distributed embedded capacitance will be presented at the IPC International Conference on Embedded Passives by Joel Peiffer, engineering specialist, 3M Organic Materials Technology Center.
Enthone España Receives OHSAS 18001 Certification
(June 9, 2003) West Haven, Conn. — Enthone, Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, received certification (N° 03.05.270256 PR) to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 specification for its Enthone España operation located in Barcelona, Spain.
Tin Whisker Joint Meeting in Tokyo to Discuss Key Issues to Develop Tin Whisker Test Method
(June 9, 2003) Tokyo — A Tin Whisker Joint Meeting, attended by the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative Inc. (NEMI) in the U.S., SOLDERTEC of Tin Technology Ltd. in Europe, and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) in Japan was held on May 15, 2003, here.
FKI Logistex Alvey Systems Promotes Two
(June 6, 2003) St Louis — FKI Logistex Alvey Systems, an FKI Logistex member company and leading integrator of automated material flow solutions, has appoitned Tony DiNello as director of Midwest regional operations and Jeff Cortez as operations manager, Midwest region.
IPC, HKPCA Reschedule International Exhibition for PCB and Assembly Industries
(June 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA) have rescheduled the International Printed Circuit and Electronics Assembly Fair due to the worldwide outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Milara Appoints Kirby and Demarest as New Representative
(June 4, 2003) Medfield, Mass. — Milara Inc. has appointed Kirby and Demarest as a manufacturer's representative serving Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and the Province of British Columbia.
Electronics Manufacturing in Emerging Markets Will See Five-Year Growth of $60 Billion by 2005, New Report Finds
(June 4, 2003) Washington and New York — A new study by the International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton found that electronics production activity in emerging markets will nearly double, from $65 billion in 2001 to $125 billion by 2005 — and will account for 43 percent of total worldwide manufacturing growth.
Asymtek and Industry Partners to Host 'Dispensing for Electronics Applications' Seminar
(June 3, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek, together with fluid suppliers Dow Corning, Humiseal, Henkel Loctite and Shin-Etsu, are holding an electronics applications dispensing seminar on June 25 and 26, in Westford, Mass.
Military/Aerospace Sector for Electronics Contract Manufacturing Offers Unique Hurdles, Timely Opportunities, Says TFI
(June 3, 2003) Alameda, Calif. — At the June 9 Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain event, Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) will release a study detailing special challenges experienced by military and aerospace electronics manufacturers, and how outsourcing manufacturing is presenting new advantages.
SMTA International to Feature 17 New Courses
(June 2, 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., with the conference taking place September 21 through 25, and exhibits from September 23 through 25.
FEINFOCUS Partners with MySem
(May 30, 2003) Garbsen, Germany and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia — FEINFOCUS has formed a partnership with MySem (MIMOS Semiconductor), a division under MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia's premier research and development institution.
IPC Government Relations, Industry Score Another Victory
(May 30, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has hailed President Bush's signing of The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, which increases the first-year bonus depreciation deduction from 30 to 50 percent for investments acquired and placed in service after May 5, 2003, and before January 1, 2005.
Semtronics, Division of OK International, Sold to Desco Industries
(May 30, 2003) Chino and Menlo Park, Calif. — Desco Industries Inc. and OK International Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Corp., have finalized an agreement for the sale to Desco of all assets of Semtronics, OK International's ESD division.
Long-Term Prospects for Handset Components Strong, Says In-Stat
(May 29, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — The last 12 months has been a trying time for both handset component manufacturers and handset manufacturers alike, reports In-Stat/MDR.
Universal, Asymtek Form Technology Partnership in Suzhou
(May 28, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. and Carlsbad, Calif. — Universal Instruments and Asymtek have formed a partnership that will place an Asymtek Millennium 2020 dispenser in Universal's new Technology Excellence Center in Suzhou, China.
SMTA Announces Pan Pacific Call for Participation
(May 28, 2003) Minneapolis — The Ninth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium (February 10 through 12, 2004, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii) promotes international technical interchange and provides a premier forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals and business leaders throughout the Pacific Basin.
Component Orders Continue Flat Trend, Says ECA
(May 27, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Component orders remained flat in April, continuing a familiar trend over the last year, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).
ATS Reports Fourth Quarter Gain in Operating Profit
(May 23, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has reported increases in operating profitability, revenue and new automation order bookings for the three months ended March 31, 2003 as it continued to maximize the value of its industry leadership in challenging economic conditions.
Outokumpu Expands Alloy Offering for Connector Strip in Europe
(May 23, 2003) Buffalo, N.Y.; Zutphen, The Netherlands; and Venice — The Connectors Business line of Outokumpu Copper Products (OCP) is expanding its alloy offering through a licensing arrangement with ILNOR S.p.A. to produce the highest quality connector strip for the connector industry under the OCP label.
Enthone Expands ViaForm Sales and Support Services; Enters into Licensing and Joint Development Alliance with ATMI
(May 22, 2003) West Haven and Danbury, Conn. — Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics Co., will expand marketing and distribution of its ViaForm copper damascene electrochemical deposition processes through an exclusive licensing and joint-development agreement with ATMI Inc.
UWB Set to Make Commercial Debut, Says In-Stat
(May 22, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — With the absence of a currently available and standardized wireless technology that offers robust multimedia transport of multiple digital streams, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) promises to be the technology that delivers the bandwidth and QoS that many consumer electronics companies have been looking for, says In-Stat/MDR.
Sanmina-SCI'S Wilmington PCB Plant Achieves Military Qualification
(May 22, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Sanmina-SCI Corp.'s PCB plant in Wilmington, Mass. has completed certification and qualification assessment by the DSCC (Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio).
ISB Industrias Sola Basic Selects Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions as Key Component of Enterprise-wide Manufacturing Optimization Initiative
(May 22, 2003) Nashua, N.H. and Mexico — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that ISB Industrias Sola Basic SA de CV has purchased multiple licenses of eMPower for Electronics software from Tecnomatix Unicam Inc. for use in its key manufacturing plants across Mexico.
SMTA International Includes Free Workshops on Reflow Soldering Profiles and Flex Circuits and Packaging
(May 20, 2003) Minneapolis — For industry professionals involved in either reflow soldering using convection ovens, or implementing flex circuits and flex-based packages, two half-day workshops on Thursday during SMTA International (September 21 through 25 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) will be of special interest.
Victory for U.S. PCB Industry Officially Decreed
(May 19, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that its triumph over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) effluent guidelines became official on May 13, 2003,
ITT Industries, Cannon Hosts 17th Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association
(May 19, 2003) Las Vegas — ITT Industries, Cannon has hosted its 17th annual charitable golf tournament on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), making this one of the largest and longest running links events in the world on behalf of the charity.
Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics Sign Manufacturing Services Agreement
(May 16, 2003) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. — Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics have formed a multi-year, multi-million dollar manufacturing services agreement for Xanoptix's XTM Series of optical transceiver products.
IPC Updates Two Test Documents
(May 15, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of two newly revised standards on solderability, IPC/EIA/JEDEC J-STD-002B, Solderability Tests for Component Leads, Terminations, Lugs, Terminals and Wires, and IPC/EIA J-STD-003A, Solderability Tests for Printed Boards.
NEMI's Test Strategy Project Releases Cost Model that Allows PCA Manufacturers to Compare Costs of Alternate Test Strategies
(May 15, 2003) Herndon, Va. — The Test Strategy Project of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has released a manufacturing test strategy cost model designed to help printed circuit assembly (PCA) manufacturers determine the financial impact of selecting a particular test strategy.
Parlex Reports Third Quarter Results
(May 15, 2003) Methuen, Mass — Parlex Corp. reported revenues of $19.4 million in the quarter ended March 30, 2003 versus $21.3 million for the same period in the previous fiscal year, a 9 percent decrease.
IPC Continues Strong Support of North American Electronics Industry
(May 14, 2003) Northbrook, Ill — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that nearly 300 companies have already contracted space at the co-located IPC Printed Circuits Expo and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX exhibition and conference, taking place February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Texas Prototypes, 3SAE Technologies Partner
(May 14, 2003) Richardson, Texas and Nashville, Tenn. — Texas Prototypes Inc. (TXP) is partnering with 3SAE Technologies Inc. (3SAE) to supply advanced optical manufacturing equipment for its new photonics lab located in Richardson, Texas.
SMTA Announces SMTA International Conference Special Events
(May 13, 2003) Minneapolis — Featuring SMT, flip chip, MEMS, chip scale, BGA, automotive, lead-free, process control and more, SMTA International
(September 21 through 25, Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) is dedicated to surface mount, advanced packaging and related technologies.
Applied Materials Dielectric Systems and Modules Win Supplier Excellence Award from Texas Instruments
(May 12, 2003) Santa Clara, Calif. — Applied Materials Inc. dielectric systems and modules received the prestigious Supplier Excellence Award from Texas Instruments (TI), an honor that is given annually to less than 1 percent of TI's suppliers.
Global Market for Industrial Gases to Reach $52 Billion by 2008, Says BCC Research
(May 12, 2003) Nowalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RC-237 World Industrial Gas Business, the global market for industrial gases is currently estimated at $36 billion. The market is expected to reach nearly $52 billion by 2008, thereby growing at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 7.5 percent through the forecast period.
Applications for Ultrasonic Technology Continue to Emerge, Says BCC Research
(May 9, 2003) Nowalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., the ultrasonics market currently stands at $3.6 billion. This market is projected to grow at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 8.5 percent to reach $5.35 billion by 2008.
ISSYS Awarded New Fabrication Patents for Micro-Tubes
(May 9, 2003) Ypsilanti, Mich. — Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS) announces that the U.S Patent Office has granted a new design and fabrication patent entitled "Micromachined Fluidic Apparatus" (US Patent No. 6,477,901), which covers the manufacturing of stationary and free-standing micro-tubes as small as one-tenth of the thickness of a human hair.
NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo Postponed Indefinitely
(May 8, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. — NEPCON West, Assembly West 2003 and Fiberoptic Automation Expo, scheduled for October 28 through 29, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, in San Jose, Calif., have been postponed indefinitely.
Router Solutions and PCB CAM Solutions Form New Marketing and Support Partnership
(May 8, 2003) Newport Beach, Calif. and Winborne, Dorset, England — Router Solutions Inc. (RSI) and PCB CAM Solutions Ltd. (PCS) have formed a new partnership agreement.
Independent IP Providers to Reap Benefits as They Revolutionize the Semiconductor Industry, Says In-Stat/MDR
(May 7, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — The need for independent Intellectual Property (IP) providers is more important today than ever before, according to In-Stat/MDR.
Newport Receives Patent Award for Load Port Latch Key Design on Automatic Door Opener
(May 7, 2003) Irvine, Calif. — Newport Corp. has been awarded U.S. patent no. 6,501,070 B1 for its 300 mm Front-Opening Unified Pod (FOUP) Load Port Latch Key design.
AOS Thermal Compounds Receives Thermal Grease Patent
(May 6, 2003) Eatontown, N.J. — AOS Thermal Compounds LLC was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,475,962 on November 5, 2002.
FeinFocus, Palomar Technologies Collaborate to Advance Process Development, Prototyping Services
(May 6, 2003) Garbsen, Germany and Vista, Calif. — FeinFocus USA and Palomar Technologies have teamed up to address the manufacturing challenges of the optoelectronics, MEMS/MOEMS and RF components markets.
Manufacturing, Healthcare Dominate Bluetooth Vertical Markets, Says In-Stat/MDR
(May 5, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — Vertical markets such as healthcare, government, services, transportation/communications/utilities, manufacturing and mining, and retail will offer a myriad of opportunities for the deployment of Bluetooth, according to In-Stat/MDR.
AVX Corp. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
(May 2, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $261.2 million in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2003 and $11 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003.
ITT Industries, Cannon Names Bruce Mendoza Director of Human Resources for Key Connector Sites
(May 2, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. — ITT Industries, Cannon has appointed Bruce R. Mendoza as director of human resources for its connector operations here and in Nogales, Mexico.
IPC PCQR2 Test Laboratory Established in Hong Kong
(May 1, 2003) Albuquerque and Northbrook, Ill. -- Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.) and IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries have created the first test laboratory outside of the U.S. equipped to test the IPC Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) test panels.
Speakers from Europe, The Americas and Japan at International Conference on Lead-free Electronics
(May 1, 2003) Brussels, Belgium -- An International Conference on Lead-free Electronics, jointly sponsored by IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and SOLDERTEC, will be held at the Conrad Hotel here from June 10 through 12, 2003.
ITT Industries, Cannon Licenses Stratos Lightwave as Value-added Reseller of Optical Connectivity Solutions
(May 1, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. -- ITT Industries, Cannon has appointed Stratos Lightwave Inc. as a value-added reseller of its PHD multi-channel optical interconnects system.
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.