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SMTA Issues SMTA International Call for Participation

(January 14, 2003) Minneapolis -- Industry professionals are invited to submit a paper to SMTA International, held in Chicago at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in conjunction with Assembly Tech Expo, September 21 through 25, 2003.

Standex Electronics Achieves Global Automotive Supplier Certification

(January 14, 2003) Salem, N.H. -- Standex International Corp.'s Standex Electronics subsidiary has achieved ISO/TS 16949:2002 Certification from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a worldwide consortium of automobile manufacturers and trade associations that has adopted a single international quality management system for parts suppliers.

Cobar Europe Brings Certificates of Compliance (COCs) Online

(January 13, 2003) Breda, Holland -- Cobar has brought Certificates of Compliance (COCs) online via the Cobar Web site, making them immediately available to customers.

IPC Provides Free Glimpse Into the Future

(January 13, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries will discuss segments of the 2002-2003 IPC National Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections on Tuesday, January 21, 2003, from 11 a.m. to noon, Central Standard Time, during a free webcast sponsored by Panasonic and General Electric.

Trippel Heads Henkel Loctite Electronics Group

(January 13, 2003) Industry, Calif. -- Patrick Trippel has joined Henkel Loctite Corp. as president and general manager of the company's worldwide electronics group, a specialized division committed exclusively to providing adhesives, sealants, solders and equipment for electronics packaging and assembly applications.

ViTechnology Names Gary Burroughs as President of the Americas

(January 13, 2003) Haverhill, Mass. -- Gary Burroughs has joined ViTechnology LLC as president of U.S. operations.

Mentor Graphics to Meet Fourth Quarter Expectations on Strong Book-to-Bill

(January 10, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. expects to meet fourth quarter 2002 First Call consensus earnings-before-goodwill of 27 cents, with revenues in-line with expectations.

Amkor Technology Names Greater China Executive

(January 10, 2003) Chandler, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. announces that Mike S. Lee has joined the company as Greater China president.

August Technology Enters Development Agreement with Leading Semiconductor Manufacturer

(January 10, 2003) Minneapolis -- August Technology has entered into a development agreement with one of the world's top 10 semiconductor manufacturers.

Semiconductor Circuits Names Allied Electronics as Authorized Distributor

(January 10, 2003) Windham, N.H. and Fort Worth, Texas -- Semiconductor Circuits Inc. named Allied Electronics to its list of authorized distributors throughout North America.

HID Announces Strategic Promotions in Sales and Business Development Teams

(January 9, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- HID has promoted Doug Wood to vice president of North American sales, and Brenton Scott to executive director of business development. Both report to Mark Scaparro, HID's executive vice president of sales and marketing.

EXFO Posts Sales Growth for Third Consecutive Quarter

(January 9, 2003) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has posted sales growth for a third consecutive quarter following the release of first-quarter results for fiscal 2003.

IPC IMS/PCB Presidents Management Meeting Provides Companies with Global Perspectives, Forecasts

(January 9, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the agenda for its Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/PCB Presidents Management Meeting, taking place March 24 through 25, 2003, in Long Beach, Calif., in conjunction with IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003.

Sanmina-SCI Signs Three-Year, Multi-Billion Dollar Strategic Outsourcing Agreement with IBM

(January 9, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI has expanded its relationship with IBM, signing an agreement that calls for Sanmina-SCI to provide a range of additional manufacturing services to IBM in North America and Europe.

Avnet Elects Five New Corporate Officers, Promotes Senior Executive

(January 8, 2003) Phoenix -- Avnet Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Roy Vallee announces the election of five new corporate officers: Vice Presidents Janice Miller, Robert Nail, David A. Rapier and Raymond Tsang, and assistant secretary Catherine R. Hardwick.

Benchmark Electronics Updates Guidance

(January 8, 2003) Angleton, Texas -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. expects to exceed previous revenue guidance for the fourth quarter of $425 to $440 million.

Legacy Electronics Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(January 8, 2003) San Clemente, Calif. -- Legacy Electronics has successfully completed and received the ISO 9001:2000 Certification registration.

RF Micro Devices Announces Production Shipments to Leading Japanese Handset Manufacturer

(January 8, 2003) Greensboro, N.C. -- RF Micro Devices Inc. has launched production shipments of the RF2498 tri-band, quad-mode front end receiver to a leading Japanese handset manufacturer for use in a new dual-band, tri-mode CDMA2000 1x handset.

KEMET to Begin Manufacturing in China

(January 7, 2003) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. plans to begin manufacturing operations in the People's Republic of China during calendar 2003.

March Plasma Systems Appoints Dennis McGee Global PCB Market Manager

(January 7, 2003) Concord, Calif. -- March Plasma Systems has named Dennis McGee as its global PCB market manager.

Former Maxtor CEO Michael Cannon Joins Solectron as President and CEO

(January 7, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. announces that Michael R. Cannon has been named president and chief executive officer, effective this Friday.

Two Major OEMs Added as New Subscribers to the IPC and CAT's PCQR2 Database

(January 7, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- Two major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the military/aerospace business segment, Honeywell International Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp., have recently subscribed to IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc.'s (CAT Inc.) joint Printed Board Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) Benchmark Database.

Ericsson Network Technologies Appointed Authorized Service Center in North America for 3SAE

(January 6, 2003) Stockholm, Sweden and Nashville, Tenn. -- Ericsson Network Technologies, AB has appointed 3SAE Technologies Inc. as the exclusive Authorized Service Center in North America.

Meikle Automation Opens New Division in Rochester, N.Y.

(January 6, 2003) Kitchener, Ontario -- Meikle Automation has completed the purchase of the building and assets of Alliance Automation in Rochester, N.Y.

NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo Converge in Silicon Valley

(January 6, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo, three co-located manufacturing tradeshows in Silicon Valley, mirrored an industry convergence between electronic manufacturing, final product assembly and fiberoptics.

Card Technologies & Services Hires New Vice President of Business Development

(January 6, 2003) New Haven, Conn. -- Christopher F. Sincock has joined Card Technologies & Services (CTS) as vice president of business development. He will report to Steven Wagner, president of CTS.

Cobar Europe Debuts New Logo Design

(January 3, 2003) Breda, Holland -- Cobar Europe has a new logo designed by Dutch graphic artist Rene Lepelaar, effective January 1, 2003.

Jon Goldman Associates Selects Grandway Technology as Its Representative in Taiwan and China

(January 3, 2003) Orange, Calif. -- Jon Goldman Associates Inc. has selected Grandway Technology Inc. (GTI) to represent them in Taiwan and China.

Trace Laboratories East's Laboratory Director Appointed as Chairman of the IPC Ionic Connectivity/Ion Chromatography Task Group

(January 3, 2003) Hunt Valley, Md. -- Trace Laboratories East announces that Laboratory Director Renee J. Michalkiewicz has been named chairman of the IPC Ionic Conductivity/Ion Chromatography Task Group.

Irvine Sensors Raises $1 Million in Equity Financing

(December 31, 2002) Costa Mesa, Calif. -- Irvine Sensors Corp. has secured approximately $1.05 million of net equity financing in a private placement to an institutional investor.

Semiconductor Circuits Appoints General Manager

(December 31, 2002) Windham, N.H. -- Semiconductor Circuits Inc. has appointed Gene Zenoni as general manager of their U.S.-based DC/DC business unit.

Teradyne to Announce Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2002 Earnings

(December 31, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. will release earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2002 on Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2003, following the close of markets, 6:30 p.m. EDT or later.

X-Rite Declares Fourth Quarter Cash Dividend

(December 31, 2002) Grandville, Mich. -- X-Rite Inc.'s Board of Directors has declared a fourth-quarter cash dividend of 2 1/2 cents per share on its common stock.

Chinese Authorities Approve Elcoteq's GKI Acquisition

(December 30, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- The Chinese authorities have given their approval to the arrangement announced on December 17, 2002 whereby Elcoteq Network Corp. will acquire IBM's 70 percent ownership in the Chinese joint-venture electronics manufacturing services companies Shenzhen GKI Electronics Co. Ltd. and Beijing GKI Electronics Co. Ltd.

Componex/electronicIndia to Take Place in January With Increased Participation

(December 30, 2002) Bangalore, India -- Componex/electronicIndia, the 8th International Conference and Exhibition for Electronic Components, Materials and Production Equipment, will be showing the future trends in electronics on the Indian subcontinent from January 21 through 24, 2003.

Macotron Supports Reference Design Assembly

(December 30, 2002) Fremont, Calif. -- Macotron has successfully completed a reference design for a Silicon Valley semiconductor company.

Shipley and Therma-Wave Announce Advanced Nano-Metrology JDA

(December 30, 2002) Marlborough, Mass. and Fremont, Calif. -- Shipley Co. LLC has signed a joint development agreement with Therma-Wave Inc.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratio and PCB Business Report for November 2002

(December 27, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

August Technology Further Automates LED Inspection Process

(December 27, 2002) Bloomington, Minn. -- August Technology has received orders for automated wafer inspection systems from multiple leading manufacturers of light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Carl Chiang Appointed Business Director, North China

(December 27, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Carl Chiang has been promoted to business director, north China by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric Sign Joint Venture Agreement for Establishing Renesas Technology

(December 27, 2002) Tokyo -- Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has signed a joint venture agreement and proposed top management for Renesas Technology Corp., a new semiconductor company to be established on April 1, 2003, that will focus on system LSI operations.

Merix Reports Sales and Earnings for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2003

(December 26, 2002) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. has reported results for its second quarter ended November 23, 2002.

Adhesives Research Selects Union Chemical as Sales Agent/Distributor for Industrial and Electronics PSA Products in Taiwan

(December 26, 2002) Glen Rock, Pa. -- Adhesives Research Inc. has signed an agreement with Union Chemical Ind. serving as sales agent/distributor in Taiwan for the company's industrial and electronics pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) products.

DYCONEX Chooses Camtek's Orion for Optical Inspection of Its Advanced PCB Products

(December 26, 2002) Migdal Haemek, Israel and Switzerland -- Camtek Ltd. has received an order for its Orion 800 AOI system from Dyconex Ltd.

Dorner Manufacturing Launches New Interactive Program

(December 26, 2002) Hartland, Wis. -- Dorner Manufacturing Corp. has launched "News that Moves," an interactive two-minute monthly news movie.

Electronica 2002 Visitors Forecast Industry Turnaround

(December 23, 2002) Munich, Germany -- Electronica 2002, the world's largest electronics industry trade show, exceeded organizer's expectations by drawing more than 77,000 visitors, nearly half of whom forecast industry profits to improve in the future.

Keisuke Nishu Appointed Regional Business Development Manager, Enthone Inc.

(December 23, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Keisuke Nishu has been appointed regional business development manager, Plating and Metallization by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

SOLDERTEC Wins Prestigious Environmental Award

(December 23, 2002) UK -- SOLDERTEC has been awarded a Green Apple Award by the Green Organization in their annual national campaign to find Britain's greenest companies.

Accrometal Partnership Expands SMT Reel Line

(December 20, 2002) Brainerd, Minn. -- Acrometal has partnered with its sister company, AcroTech Southwest, to expand its product offering to the SMT market.

Flomerics, Harvard Thermal Announce Collaboration on Thermal Models of Electronic Components

(December 20, 2002) Southborough and Harvard, Mass. -- Flomerics Inc. and Harvard Thermal Inc. will work together to develop and enhance software tools and standards for thermal modeling of electronic components.

IMI Gains ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(December 20, 2002) Haverhill, Mass. -- IMI Inc. has received a certificate of registration to ISO 9001:2000 from Perry Johnson Registrars.

M-tron Appoints van den Heuvel as European Marketing Manager

(December 20, 2002) Yankton, S.D. -- M-tron Industries Inc. has appointed Cor van den Heuvel as European marketing manager, effective October 29.

GlobespanVirata to Exceed Revenue Estimates For the Fourth Quarter of 2002

(December 19, 2002) Red Bank, N.J. -- GlobespanVirata Inc. has updated its financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2002.

Lipinski Named Sales Manager for Henkel Loctite Electronics Group

(December 19, 2002) Industry, Calif. -- Henkel Loctite Corp. has named Thomas C. Lipinski as sales manager for the company's electronics business unit.

Samsung Electronics Receives Industry-Standard Security Certification for Smart Cards

(December 19, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s 64KB smart card with crypto functions, product code S3CC9PB, has received EAL4+ level Common Criteria (CC) certification.

Tin Technology Acquires The World Bureau of Metal Statistics

(December 19, 2002) UK -- Tin Technology Ltd. has acquired The World Bureau of Metal Statistics (WBMS). This follows a successful bid in conjunction with the existing management.

ElectronicChina Expands in Scope and Size

(December 18, 2002) Shanghai -- ElectronicChina, an international trade show for components, assemblies, electronics production and laser technology, will take place March 12 through 14, 2003 here.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Visits IPC CCA-Sponsored Event

(December 18, 2002) Garden Grove, Calif. -- Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) of the 46th Congressional District, spoke to several employees of TTM Technologies (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Pro-Tech (Fountain Valley, Calif.) during their vocational English as a Second Language class at TTM Technologies.

SOLDERTEC Announces Winners of Lead-free Solder Awards 2002

(December 18, 2002) UK -- SOLDERTEC announces that three lead-free solder award winners have been selected in 2002 from the nominations received from industry.

Venture Signs Deal with Tecnomatix to Speed New Product Introductions

(December 18, 2002) Singapore and Nashua, N.H. -- Venture Corp. Ltd. has signed an agreement valued at approximately US $850,000 to license and support the implementation of eMPower MPM software solutions from Tecnomatix Unicam at several locations, including their NPI (New Product Introduction) center in Fremont, Calif. and manufacturing facilities in Singapore and Malaysia.

Elcoteq to Re-open the Tallin 2 Plant in Estonia

(December 17, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp. will re-open its second plant in Tallinn, Estonia, at the beginning of 2003.

Oscar Khaselev Appointed Senior Material Scientist, Enthone Inc.

(December 17, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Oscar Khaselev, Ph.D. has been appointed senior material scientist by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

Flextronics Expands Design Capabilities in Asia

(December 17, 2002) Singapore -- Flextronics is expanding its design and development capabilities in Asia.

FastRamp Test Services Acquires Conexant Test Operations

(December 17, 2002) Singapore and Milpitas, Calif. -- FastRamp Test Services, a subsidiary of ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) has entered into an agreement with Conexant Systems Inc. to purchase Conexant's test operation in San Diego, Calif.

EKRA, Heraeus Sign Partnership Agreement

(December 16, 2002) Boennigheim and Hanau, Germany -- EKRA GmbH and the Circuit Material Division of W.C. Heraeus GmbH & Co. KG have signed a partnership agreement.

Igor Zavarine Appointed Senior Research Scientist, Enthone Inc.

(December 16, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Igor S. Zavarine, Ph.D. has been appointed senior research scientist by Enthone Inc. a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

IPC Releases Three Electronics Assembly Documents

(December 16, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released a conformal coating standard and two guideline handbooks that assist the industry in the application of conformal coatings and implementation of electronic assembly requirements.

NEMA Releases Standard on Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit

(December 16, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has released TC 14-2002, Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit (RTRC) and Fittings.

Express Manufacturing Launches New Web-Based Quality Reporting System

(December 13, 2002) Santa Ana, Calif. -- Express Manufacturing Inc. (EMI) has released a Web-based reporting capability that allows customers to access their quality reports and information in real time.

ElectronicAsia Comes to Successful Conclusion

(December 13, 2002) Hong Kong -- ElectronicAsia, International Trade Fair for Components, Assemblies, Electronics Production and Display Technologies took place in Hong Kong from October 11 to 14, 2002.

NEMI Welcomes Seven New Members

(December 13, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- Seven companies have recently joined the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's (NEMI) efforts to strengthen the North American supply chain.

Elcoteq Joins Symbian's Platinum Partner Program

(December 13, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp. has joined Symbian's Platinum Partner Program, which will assist the company to design mobile handsets based on the Symbian operating system.

Elcoteq Will Reach Its Previously Announces Sales and Profit Targets in 2002

(December 12, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq will at least reach its previously announced sales and profit targets during the current quarter.

Flextronics Opens New Technology Center in Mexico

(December 12, 2002) Singapore -- Flextronics announces the grand opening of its Technology Center in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Watts to Lead Pragmax into U.S. Market

(December 12, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Pragmax Software Corp. (PSC) has appointed Richard C. Watts as CEO.

Solectron Names O'Connor Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Corporate Officer

(December 12, 2002) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has appointed Kevin O'Connor as senior vice president, worldwide human resources and corporate officer.

Newport Opens New Precision Optics Manufacturing Facility

(December 11, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has opened a new 42,000 sq. ft optics manufacturing facility for the company's growing Newport Precision Optics (NPO) Business.

SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. Selects Asymtek Dispensers to Equip PCB Facilities

(December 11, 2002) Carlsbad, Calif. -- SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. recently purchased two Asymtek Millennium M-620 dispensing systems to equip their printed circuit board facility in Osaka, Japan.

AIM Acquires SMT Solder Paste Assets of OMG's Microbond Division

(December 11, 2002) Cranston, R.I. -- AIM has acquired the SMT solder paste assets of OMG's Microbond division.

Endevco Working With National Instruments to Lead Development of Open Standards with 'Plug and Play' Sensors Program

(December 11, 2002) San Juan Capistrano, Calif. -- Endevco has formed a collaboration initiative with National Instruments to promote widespread adoption of IEEE P1451.4.

Worldwide MEMS/MST Market to Cross $26 Billion by 2007, Says BCC Research

(December 10, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co Inc., RGB-270 MEMS Technology: Where To?, the worldwide market for MEMS/MST is currently estimated at $11 billion. By 2007, market revenues will exceed $26.4 billion, growing at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 19.1 percent.

Elcoteq Partnership With Wavecom Develops as Expected

(December 10, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Collaboration under the partnership agreement in Beijing, China between Elcoteq and Wavecom announced in the summer has started as expected.

IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003 Technical Conference and Educational Courses to Incorporate Design Issues

(December 10, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the technical conference sessions and tutorial and workshop schedule for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, which takes place March 22 through 27 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Tegal, STMicroelectronics Team to Develop New Etch Processes

(December 10, 2002) Petaluma, Calif. -- Tegal Corp. has completed the first phase of a joint development project with STMicroelectronics.

Richardson Electronics Named Authorized Distributor for Planar Systems

(December 9, 2002) LaFox, Ill. and Oregon -- Richardson Electronics has been named an authorized distributor for Planar Systems. The agreement encompasses distribution rights in North America and Europe.

Japanese Wafer Manufacturers Produce with SOI Wafer Production Bonding System from EFG

(December 9, 2002) Scharding, Austria -- EV Group (EVG) has shipped and installed several EVG850 automated SOI wafer bonding systems at key manufacturing companies in Japan, which wish to remain unnamed.

HID Corp. Appoints New President

(December 9, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Denis Hebert has been named president of HID Corp. He will report to Joe Grillo, president and CEO of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG).

Edward Kudrack Appointed Materials Laboratory Manager, Enthone

(December 9, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Edward Kudrak has been appointed materials laboratory manager by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

New DEK Manufacturing Facility in Asia Addresses Shortening Leadtime Requirements

(December 6, 2002) Singapore -- In response to the growing demand for adhesive printing stencils, DEK has implemented new manufacturing facilities here to improve delivery times to its growing Asian customer base.

DuPont Photomasks Announces Productivity Improvements, Cost Reduction Plans

(December 6, 2002) Round Rock, Texas -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. plans to reduce costs, improve productivity and enhance customer service.

Richardson Electronics Named Value-Added Distributor for NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display

(December 6, 2002) LaFox and Itasca, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics has signed a value added distribution agreement with NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America.

Sanmina-SCI Announces New Financing Transaction

(December 6, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp. intends to issue $450 million of senior secured notes with an expected seven-year maturity in a private placement to qualified investors, subject to market conditions.

Ericsson, National Semiconductor Sign Bluetooth Licensing Agreement

(December 5, 2002) Stockholm, Sweden -- Ericsson Technology Licensing has signed a licensing agreement to provide its latest Bluetooth radio core, the K-D1, to National Semiconductor, an analog company focused on the market for wireless handsets.

Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. Announces Dedicated RF/Microwave Division

(December 5, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has launched a new business division, Nu Horizons RF, created to provide better service and solutions to its customers using RF/microwave and wireless technologies.

Park Electrochemical Reports Accident at Its Nelco/Singapore Manufacturing Facility

(December 5, 2002) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. reports that, on November 27, 2002, an explosion occurred in one of the four treaters located at its Nelco/Singapore manufacturing facility, and the treater in question was essentially destroyed.

Universal, Nokia Staff Co-Author Award-Winning Paper

(December 5, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Anthony Primavera, Ph.D. and Michael Meilunas of Universal Instruments Corp. and Steven Dunford of Nokia Mobile Phones received the Best Technical Paper Award from IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries at the organization's Annual Meeting.

ATS Acquires Electrical Controls Firm to Increase European Capabilities, Growth Potential

(December 4, 2002) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. is acquiring an electrical controls company in Munich, Germany as part of its strategy to increase its capabilities in Europe and gain control over an important technology.

Demand for Encryption ICs Increasing While Uncertainty Continues, Says In-Stat

(December 4, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- With all that has happened in the last 18 months, the need for encryption chips is picking up steam, according to In-Stat/MDR.

IPC Offers Free Cyber Course for PCB Designers

(December 4, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has created a complementary online course for printed circuit board (PCB) designers, entitled "Reliable SMT Design -- All There is to Know."

NEMA Publishes Two New Annexes for its Control Circuit and Pilot Devices Standard

(December 4, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has released two new annexes to supersede annexes B and E in ICS 5-2000, "Industrial Control and Systems: Control Circuit and Pilot Devices."

Market Research Provision of Homeland Security Law Benefits Small High-tech Companies

(December 3, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- A provision contained in the legislation passed recently to create the Department of Homeland Security sets new government-wide procurement policy, which, according to AeA, will benefit small and minority-owned technology companies.

DEK Appoints New CIO

(December 3, 2002) UK -- In order to meet the increasing demands on and for data communications, DEK has appointed Pamal Sharma as chief information officer (CIO).

Tecnomatix Increases Market Share in Spain and Portugal through Solintec Reseller Partnership

(December 3, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that a reseller agreement signed earlier this year with Soluciones de Ingenieria y Tecnologia, SL (Solintec) has resulted in total sales of eMPower MPM software and services to end user customers of about US $500,000.

Electronics Industry's Outsourcing Strategy Shifts to Include Design, Says TFI

(December 3, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- As outsourcing in the electronics industry continues to develop as a key strategy, the types of companies to whom name-brand electronic-product companies outsource is shifting to include not only contract manufacturers who build products to the customer company's design but also to original design manufacturers (ODMs) who design the products as well as manufacture them.

Cobar Wave Soldering Flux Becomes Automotive Industry's 'Preferred' Choice

(December 2, 2002) Breda, Holland -- Two years after its market introduction by Cobar Europe BV, the company's premier VOC-free wave solder flux, 396-QM9, has become the preferred wave soldering flux of the world's largest automotive electronics manufacturers.

EMS Program Managers Now Certified

(December 2, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that 18 electronics manufacturing services (EMS) program managers have recently gained certification through IPC's first-ever EMS Program Manager Training and Certification Program.

Newport to Present Details on New Fiber Optic Assembly Technology at NEPCON West

(December 2, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Randy Heyler, vice president, Business Development, Advanced Packaging and Automation Systems Division at Newport Corp. will be presenting a technical paper on the latest advancements in fiber optic assembly using fluxless laser soldering at Fiber Optic Automation Expo, NEPCON West, at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, Calif.

VPI Strengthens Regional Sales Force

(December 2, 2002) Sheboygan, Wis. -- VPI Floor Products Division has appointed Gene P. Eichenseer as regional sales manager for the south central United States.

SMTA Boston Flip Chip and BGA Workshop Issues Call for Presentations

(November 27, 2002) Minneapolis -- Under the direction of SMTA Vice President of Technical Programs Ken Gilleo, Ph.D., Cookson Performance Solutions, and Conference Chairman Paul T. Vianco, Ph.D., Sandia National Labs, the SMTA is organizing a Flip Chip and BGA Packaging Technologies Workshop as a part of the SMTA Boston 2003 Conference, taking place June 9 through 11, 2003, at the Bayside Convention Center in Boston.

IPC Elects New Board Members

(November 27, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- The membership of IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries elected new directors at IPC's 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, which took place November 3 through 7 in New Orleans, La.

Duraswitch MagnaMouse to be Highlighted at Electrical Automation Trade Show

(November 27, 2002) Phoenix -- Two Duraswitch licensees will exhibit at the upcoming SPS/IPC/Drives 2002 show to promote Duraswitch technologies and highlight its unique cursor control, the MagnaMouse, as well as their other electronic switch technologies.

NEMA Members Elect Cooper Industries' Ralph Jackson Chairman of the Board

(November 27, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- Ralph Jackson, chief operating officer of Cooper Industries, was named chairman of the board of governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) at its 76th annual meeting and leadership conference, held November 11 through 12 in Chicago, Ill.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratio and PCB Business Report for October 2002

(November 26, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

Dave Penman Appointed Vice President of Operations, Enthone

(November 26, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Dave Penman has been appointed vice president of operations by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

Electronic News and Electronic Business Change Formats, Frequency

(November 26, 2002) New York -- Electronic News and Electronic Business are changing formats and frequency.

Rogers Corp. Completes Sales of Moldable Composites Business

(November 26, 2002) Rogers, Conn. -- Rogers Corp. has completed the previously announced divestiture of its Moldable Composites Division (MCD), located in Manchester, Conn.

Duraswitch, Three-Five Systems Sign Marketing and Technology Agreement

(November 25, 2002) Phoenix and Tempe, Ariz. -- Duraswitch and Three-Five Systems Inc. have signed a marketing and technology agreement that joins Duraswitch's innovative electronic switch technologies with Three-Five's Integrated Systems Business.

Elecsys Expands DCI Sales Representative Coverage

(November 25, 2002) Lenexa, Kan. -- Elecsys Corp. has appointed four new independent sales representative organizations to represent its DCI subsidiary's electronic design display and manufacturing business across the United States.

Fairchild Semiconductor Qualifies for Korean Occupational Safety and Health Certification at Bucheon Site

(November 25, 2002) Bucheon, South Korea -- Fairchild Semiconductor's manufacturing facility here has passed the Korean Occupational Safety & Health Agency (KOSHA) 2000 follow-up audit for 2002.

Teradyne Expands Support for STIL Format, Strengthening Design-to-Test Linkage

(November 25, 2002) Boston and Israel -- Teradyne Inc.'s Wave Wizard, its standard tool for test program generation provided by partner Test Insight, will support the Standard Test Interface Language (STIL -- IEEE 1450) for Teradyne tester platforms.

Elcoteq, LGP Sign Manufacturing Agreement

(November 22, 2002) Helsinki, Finland and Sweden -- Elcoteq and LGP Telecom AB have signed an agreement concerning manufacturing of base station products for LGP in Elcoteq's plants in Tallinn, Estonia and Dongguan, China.

Matheson Tri-Gas and ATMI Expand Sub-Atmospheric Gas Delivery Product Line

(November 22, 2002) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. and ATMI Inc. have added three new specialty gases to ATMI's sub-atmospheric safe delivery sources (SDS) -- Phosphorus Trifluoride (PF3), Arsenic Pentafluoride (AsF5) and Hydrogen Selenide (H2Se).

Gedas Iberia to Implement Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solutions in Automotive Manufacturing Operations

(November 22, 2002) Nashua, N.H., Spain and Portugal -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces a series of agreements with gedas Iberia -- valued at approximately US $350,000 -- that will benefit automobile production at SEAT, VW-Navarra and Autoeuropa.

BitBlitz Communications Selects Agilent Technologies 93000 SOC Series to Test Its New High-Speed Devices

(November 22, 2002) Fremont and Palo Alto, Calif. -- BitBlitz Communications has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 93000 SOC Series test system to test several new high-speed devices.

EKRA GmbH, Speedline File Patent Infringement Lawsuits

(November 21, 2002) Bonnigheim, Germany, Franklin, Mass., and Marlboro, Mass. -- EKRA GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Speedline Technologies in the district court in Bonnigheim, Germany, while Speedline Technologies (the legal entity name of Cookson Electronics Equipment) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against EKRA America Inc. in the Federal District Court in Boston, Mass.

NEMA Announces New CEO Governance in Lighting and Motor Industries

(November 21, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) motor and generator and lighting sections have changed their governance structures to directly engage participation by the top-level decision makers of those companies.

Duraswitch Achieves Success With PushGate in Another Gas Pump Application

(November 21, 2002) Phoenix and Los Angeles -- Duraswitch has another entry into the gas pump control market.

JSR Micro Group Completes Construction of Belgian Facility

(November 21, 2002) Leuven, Belgium -- SR Micro NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based JSR Corp., announced today that construction of its newest semiconductor materials manufacturing facility here has been completed.

IPC Releases APEX 2003 Professional Development Schedule, Creates 19 Unprecedented Courses

(November 20, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries will showcase 19 new tutorials and workshops at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2002, taking place March 31 through April 2, 2003, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

EXFO Delivers In Excess of 10,000 Modular Test Platforms

(November 20, 2002) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has shipped well in excess of 10,000 modular test platforms.

Radstone Approves Use of Osprey Materials' Controlled Expansion Alloy Guide Bars

(November 20, 2002) UK -- Controlled expansion aluminum silicon PCB guide bars produced by Osprey Metals Ltd. have been approved and are now in regular use at Radstone Technology.

Spanish Language Web Pages Added to Universal Site

(November 20, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. has expanded its Web site to include several pages translated into Spanish.

Matsushita, Nokia to Collaborate on Seamless Interoperability of Mobile Terminals, Home Electronic Devices

(November 19, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic) and Nokia have formed an agreement of cooperation for exchanging data and content between mobile terminals and home electronics devices.

TMP Worldwide Executive Search Releases Study on 2003 Hiring Outlook for Technology Sector

(November 19, 2002) New York -- TMP Worldwide Inc. has released the findings of a recent study polling senior U.S.-based human resources executives in the technology industry.

NPL Launches Ultra Fine Pitch Printing Report

(November 19, 2002) Teddington, UK -- The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has released a new report, "Design Guidelines for Ultra Fine Pitch Printing," written by Martin Wickham, Ling Zou, Milos Dusek and Chris Hunt, Ph.D.

Rogers Appoints Vice President of Supply Chain Management

(November 19, 2002) Rogers, Conn. -- Rogers Corp. has appointed Ty McFarland to the position of vice president of supply chain management.

IEC-IEEE Agreement Enhances Development of Global Electrotechnical Standards

(November 18, 2002) Geneva and Piscataway, N.J. -- A new cooperation agreement between the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) seeks to enhance the creation of global technical standards.

NRC Wins Prestigious Tyco Award

(November 18, 2002) Boca Raton, Fla. -- NRC Electronics was awarded the "Quality Recognition Award" for 2002 from TYCO/ Safety Products Division (formerly Sensormatic Corp.) in Aquadilla, Puerto Rico.

Photon Dynamics to Present at NEPCON West

(November 18, 2002) Aliso Viejo, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. will present at NEPCON West. The forum will address advanced yield management techniques for integrated automatic optical and X-ray inspection (AOXI) solutions.

Chen Xu, Ph.D. Appointed Senior Scientist, Enthone Inc.

(November 18, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Chen Xu, Ph.D. has been appointed senior scientist by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

CTS Awarded Third Major Belt Tension Sensor Program for Advanced Occupant Restraint System

(November 15, 2002) Elkhart, Ind. -- CTS Corp. announces that a major international vehicle manufacturer has selected CTS Automotive Products to supply additional seat belt tension sensors (BTS) for use in passenger vehicles.

IPC Honors Best Technical Paper at 2002 IPC Annual Meeting

(November 15, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the winner of the Best Technical Paper Award at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, which took place November 3 through 7 in New Orleans, La.

New European Entity for PAL

(November 15, 2002) UK -- PAL -- Process Automation International -- has established a new subsidiary, Process Automation (Europe) Ltd. -- PAL Europe, responsible for sales and marketing throughout the whole of Europe.

Tecnomatix Signs CARDS Engineering as Benelux Region Reseller

(November 15, 2002) Nashua, N.H. and Belgium -- To meet the needs of its growing Benelux customer base, Tecnomatix Technologies has formed a new reseller agreement with CARDS Engineering.

MEMS in Consumer Electronics Moving Forward, Says In-Stat

(November 14, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- As far as the consumer electronics market is concerned, MEMS is slowly heading in the right direction, according to In-Stat/MDR.

MicroScreen Appoints Sales Organization in the Pacific Northwest

(November 14, 2002) South Bend, Ind. and Bellevue, Wash. -- MicroScreen LLC has appointed Havtech Inc. as an exclusive agent for the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the province of British Columbia in Canada.

SMTA Certification Program Launches

(November 14, 2002) Minneapolis -- After much development, the SMTA recently launched two certification programs, one for SMT Processes and one for SMT Systems.

Members Honored at IPC Annual Meeting

(November 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) honored 66 members at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, held November 3 through 7 in New Orleans, La., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics interconnect industry.

AVX Announces First Annual Representative Star of the Year Award

(November 13, 2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Minneapolis -- AVX Corp. has awarded Comstrand Inc. the first Representative Star of the Year Award.

Adept Technology Expands Adept Peripheral Partner Cooperative Marketing Program

(November 13, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Adept Technology Inc. has expanded and renamed its original MVP co-marketing program.

Nominations Open for Joseph F. Keithley Award

(November 13, 2002) Cleveland -- Keithley Instruments Inc. announces that the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has opened nominations for the IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement.

Orbotech Announces Third Quarter 2002 Results

(November 13, 2002) Yavne, Israel -- Orbotech Ltd. announced its consolidated financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2002.

EOS/ESD Symposium Presents Best Paper & Presentation Awards

(November 12, 2002) Charlotte, N.C. -- The EOS/ESD Symposium presented its Best Paper, Best Student Paper and Best Presentation awards from the 2001 Symposium last month during the annual awards breakfast at the 2002 Symposium here.

Past IPC Chairman Awarded 2002 Hall of Fame Award

(November 12, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) recently honored Ron Underwood with its 2002 IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La.

Prostat Forms Joint Relationship with Carmel Olefins

(November 12, 2002) Bensenville, Ill. and Haifa, Israel -- Prostat Corp. and Carmel Olefins have formed a joint relationship to blend technology, R&D and manufacturing capabilities.

Semtech Expands Distribution Agreement with Richardson Electronics to Include International Coverage

(November 12, 2002) Camarillo, Calif. and LaFox, Ill. -- Semtech Corp. has expanded its distribution agreement with Richardson Electronics.

IPC Presents Keys to Becoming a Highly Effective Trade Show Exhibitor

(November 11, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has created two workshops specifically designed for its IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) exhibitors.

Marinelli Named Director of Applications Engineering for Henkel Loctite Electronics Group

(November 11, 2002) Industry, Calif. -- Henkel Loctite Corp. has named Chris Marinelli as director of applications engineering for the company's electronics business unit.

Oracle Names Ray Bingham, Cadence Design Systems CEO, to Board of Directors

(November 11, 2002) Redwood Shores and San Jose, Calif. -- Oracle Corp. has added H. Raymond Bingham, president and chief executive officer of Cadence Design Systems Inc., to Oracle's Board of Directors.

Polyclad Laminates to Expand Elk Grove, Calif. Operation

(November 11, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, will invest more than $6 million to expand and advance laminate and prepreg manufacturing at the company's Elk Grove, Calif. facility.

Thomas Smith Appointed Vice President of Finance, Enthone

(November 8, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Thomas Smith has been appointed vice president of finance by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

Datacon Expands Sales and Support Team in North America with Manufacturers Representatives

(November 8, 2002) Trevose, Pa. -- Datacon North America Inc., a member of the Datacon Technology Group, has completed agreements with four manufacturers representatives to expand its sales and support efforts to customers in North America.

Schurter to Showcase Expanded Options With Duraswitch Technologies at electronica in Munich

(November 8, 2002) Phoenix and Lucerne, Switzerland -- At electronica 2002, Duraswitch licensee Schurter GmbH of Germany will be showcasing how its design and manufacturing capabilities, coupled with Duraswitch's unique switch technology, provide customers with new switch solutions.

Cookson Electronics Equipment, Sigmaprint Technologies Form European Field Service and Technical Support Agreement

(November 7, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment and SigmaPrint Technologies have entered into a service and support agreement for the European market, which covers several MPM stencil printers and all platforms acquired by Cookson Electronics Equipment from SMTech Ltd. in 1998.

IPC Online Store's Virtual Shelves Packed with Thousands of Downloadable Products

(November 7, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has added thousands of high-quality photographic images to its Online Store.

Photon Dynamics Appoints New Director of North American Sales and Support

(November 7, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. has appointed Troy Johnson as director of North American sales and support.

Schneider Electric Places US $720,000 Follow-On Order for Tecnomatix MPM Solutions

(November 7, 2002) France and Nashua, N.H. -- Schneider Electric has purchased more than US $720,000 worth of products and services from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. as a follow-on to the company's original $1 million order of less than two years ago.

Jennie Hwang, Ph.D., Inducted Into Ohio Women's Hall of Fame

(November 6, 2002) Columbus, Ohio -- Jennie S. Hwang, Ph.D., SMT Editorial Advisory Board member and long-tenured columnist, was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame last month.

MagnaMouse Construction to Be Revealed at Electronica Trade Show

(November 6, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch's MagnaMouse multi-directional switch technology will be on display under a metal overlay for the first time at electronica 2002 in Munich, Germany, November 12 through 14.

Endicott Interconnect Completes Purchase of IBM Facility, Operations

(November 6, 2002) Endicott, N.Y. -- Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. has completed the acquisition of IBM's Endicott facility and the Microelectronic manufacturing operations located there.

Chonglun Fan Appointed Senior Scientist, Enthone Inc.

(November 6, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, has appointed Chonglun Fan, Ph.D., senior scientist.

Coreco Reports Third Quarter Results

(November 5, 2002) Montreal -- Coreco Inc. has reported its interim results for the period ended September 30, 2002.

ElectronicaUSA to Be Produced with Embedded Systems Conference San Francisco

(November 5, 2002) Munich, Germany -- Messe Muenchen GmbH has formed a strategic alliance to produce electronicaUSA with the Embedded Systems Conference San Francisco.

Esterline Receives $10.9 Million Defense Contract for New Switch Technology

(November 5, 2002) Bellevue, Wash. -- Esterline Technologies has secured a 12-month, $10.9 million contract to produce state-of-the-art master vehicle blackout switches for one of the largest suppliers of weapons parts to the United States military, the Defense Supply Center Columbus, a branch of the Defense Logistics Agency.

Newark Electronics Opens Its First Local, Mexico-Dedicated Warehouse

(November 5, 2002) Guadalajara, Mexico -- Newark Electronics has opened its first Mexico-dedicated warehouse.

IPC Receives Award from Bush Administration Official to Encourage Export Promotion

(November 4, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- Linda Conlin, assistant secretary of commerce for trade development, today presented a $400,000 financial assistance award to IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r).

PEMSTAR Reports Fiscal 2003 Second-Quarter Results

(November 4, 2002) Rochester, Minn. -- PEMSTAR Inc. has reported financial results for its fiscal 2003 second quarter.

Sanmina-SCI Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

(November 4, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp. reported financial results for its fourth quarter and 12 months ended September 28, 2002.

Leading European Automotive Engineering Consultant Extends Its MPM Implementation for Car Design, Engineering and Manufacture

(November 4, 2002) Nashua, N.H. and UK -- Tecnomatix Technologie, Ltd. has broadened its relationship with TWR, the leading European automotive design, engineering and manufacturing consultancy.

IPC, JEDEC Team Up for Lead-Free Conference Sequel

(November 1, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and JEDEC, the solid state technology association, have developed the Second International Conference on Lead-Free Electronic Components and Assemblies.

CyberOptics Reports Third Quarter Operating Results, Announces Stock Repurchase Plan

(November 1, 2002) Minneapolis -- CyberOptics Corp. has reported operating results for the third quarter of 2002 ended September 30.

GE Fanuc Automation to Acquire Intellution from Emerson

(November 1, 2002) Charlottesville, Va. and Foxboro, Mass. -- GE Fanuc Automation North America Inc., an affiliate of the General Electric Co., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intellution Inc., a division of Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business.

AIM Appoints Altus Group as UK Distributor

(November 1, 2002) UK -- AIM has appointed Altus Group as distributor for AIM's complete line of solders and related assembly materials for the United Kingdom.

Duraswitch Licensee Tastitalia Plans Major Promotion for Electronica 2002

(October 31, 2002) Italy and Phoenix -- Tastitalia S.p.A., a licensee of Duraswitch, will promoted Duraswitch's unique technologies at the upcoming electronica 2002 trade show (Hall C1 - Stand C1.141).

Elecsys Corp. Appoints Chief Financial Officer

(October 31, 2002) Lenexa, Kan. -- Elecsys Corp. has appointed Todd A. Daniels as vice president and chief financial officer.

Hitachi High-Technologies to Acquire Shares of Subsidiaries of Sanyo Electric

(October 31, 2002) Tokyo and Osaka, Japan -- Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. will acquire all the shares of subsidiaries of SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. to build an integrated system that includes development, manufacturing, sales and services.

Europe Agrees Lead Ban in Electrical and Electronic Equipment to Occur July 2006

(October 31, 2002) UK -- Agreement on European Directives directly affecting the electronics assembly industry has confirmed that a long-expected ban on lead will come into effect on July 1, 2006, nearly two years earlier than the date proposed in the original draft of the legislation.

electronica 2002 Explores the Booming Field of MEMS

(October 30, 2002) Chicago -- Electronica 2002, the world's largest electronics trade show taking place November 12 through 15 in Munich, Germany, will feature a special forum for visitors to learn about the latest MEMS products and trends.

First IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certification Training Program to Be Established

(October 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. and Madison, Ala. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that Soldering Technology International Inc. (STI) has been contracted to develop a training and certification program for IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Harness Assemblies.

Universal Instruments Selects Business Development Manager for Mid-Range Product

(October 30, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments has promoted Aaron Saxton to the position of business development manager, mid-range product.

KEMET Reports Sales and Earnings for September 2002 Quarter

(October 30, 2002) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. reported sales and earnings for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2002.

Flextronics Announces Second Quarter Results

(October 29, 2002) Singapore -- Flextronics has announced results for its second quarter and six months ended September 30, 2002.

Duraswitch Technology Displayed at Electronica 2002

(October 29, 2002) Phoenix -- Three of Duraswitch's licensees will attend electronica 2002, held in Munich, Germany, November 12 through 15.

Richardson Electronics Opens Beijing, China Branch Office

(October 29, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics has opened a new branch office in Beijing, China, continuing its effort to address the needs of its customers and the expanding Chinese market.

Rohm and Haas Announces New Leadership Roles

(October 29, 2002) Philadelphia -- Rohm and Haas Co. has announced new leadership roles for several of its business units.

Polyclad Laminates Malaysia Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(October 28, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, received certification to the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System (QMS) for its operation located in Kuching, Malaysia.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill and PCB Business Report for September 2002

(October 28, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

First Meeting of CONNECT Sets Proposals for Next Stage of European Funding for Framework 6

(October 28, 2002) Brussels, Belgium -- The first meeting of CONNECT, the European Electronics Interconnection Network, took place on Wednesday, October 16, here.

Tecnomatix Announces Third Quarter 2002 Results

(October 28, 2002) Herzlia, Israel -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has announced its financial results for the third quarter, ended September 30, 2002.

AVX Corp. Announces Second Quarter Results

(October 25, 2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $295.4 million in the second quarter ended September 30, 2002, and that the net income for the quarter was $1 million, or 1 cent per diluted share.

IPC Surface Mount Placement Standard Released

(October 25, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has released IPC-9850, Surface Mount Placement Equipment Characterization.

Permali Approves Smart Sonic for Durostone Pallet Cleaning

(October 25, 2002) Maxeville, France and Canoga Park, Calif. -- Permali Composites S.A., manufacturer of Durostone pallet materials has approved Smart Sonic ultrasonic stencil cleaners and 440-R SMT detergent for cleaning flux residues from reflow and wave solder pallets.

Lista to Acquire Assets of Arbell

(October 25, 2002) Holliston, Mass. and Canada -- Lista U.S. Holding, the parent company of Lista International Corp., has agreed to purchase the assets of Arbell Inc., effective November 1, 2002.

PC Boards Wins Preferred Supplier Award from Tektronix

(October 24, 2002) Chanute, Kan. -- PC Boards Inc. achieved Preferred Supplier status as a printed circuit boards supplier from Tektronix Inc. for year 2002.

Test Professionals to Converge at New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location

(October 24, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo co-located trade event, taking place December 4 through 6, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center here, will feature a comprehensive focus on testing.

Solectron, Lucent Technologies to Unwind Optical Systems Transaction

(October 24, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. and North Andover, Mass. -- Solectron Corp. has agreed with Lucent Technologies to unwind their outsourcing and asset-purchase transaction involving Lucent's North Andover, Mass. optical networking systems.

Utah EMS Provider Tops 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

(October 24, 2002) Orem, Utah -- The Mountain West Venture Group gave the top honors to Wolf Electronix as Utah's fastest growing company.

A.P.E. Team Achieves IPC Instructor Certification

(October 23, 2002) Key Largo, Fla. -- A.P. E. South's entire sales and management team has completed IPC-A-610 Class A instructor certification on Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.

Surface Mount Technologies Announces Strategic Relocation, Partnership With Nortek Automation

(October 23, 2002) Huntingdon Beach, Calif. -- Surface Mount Techniques has strategically relocated from its Laguna Hills, Calif. facility to a larger facility in nearby Huntington Beach.

SMTA Establishes Corporate Advisory Council

(October 23, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has established a Corporate Advisory Council made up of leaders representing each sector of the electronics manufacturing industry, including OEMs, contract manufacturers, suppliers, designers and academia.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Selects Tecnomatix MPM for Its Powertrain Division

(October 23, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- PSA Peugeot Citroen has chosen eMPower Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) solutions from Tecnomatix Technologies to complete the implementation of its digital factory project, the third and last phase of its Ingenum Program, for its powertrain division.

Challenges of Optoelectronic Assembly Subject of SMTA Boston Chapter Presentation

(October 22, 2002) Boxboro, Mass. -- Optoelectronics holds much promise for the electronics industry, but presents challenges along the way, according to Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., P.E. who spoke at the SMTA Boston Chapter meeting here last week.

Frost & Sullivan Releases Analysis of the World Market for LAN/WAN Test Equipment

(October 22, 2002) London -- As companies in a range of businesses demand higher bandwidth and faster connectivity for e-commerce, videoconferencing, multimedia and other applications, the need for equipment that can test and monitor the local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) will rise.

IPC Issues Call for Papers for 'Flex and Chips' Conference

(October 22, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces a call for papers for its International Symposium on Flexible Circuits and Chip Scale Packaging (CSP), which takes place February 10 through 12, 2003, at the Fiesta Inn in Tempe, Ariz.

Amkor, Fujitsu End Talks on Factory Outsourcing Venture

(October 22, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. have ended discussions relating to Amkor's proposed equity purchase of Fujitsu's semiconductor assembly and test operation located in Kagoshima, Japan.

ElectroniCast Forecasts 10 Gbps Datacom Transceiver Use to Reach $3.26 Billion in 2006

(October 22, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to the new ElectroniCast Corp. market study, the global consumption (use) of 10 Gbps data communication transceivers will rise from $68.7 million in the recessionary baseline year 2001 to $3.26 billion in 2006.

Nam Tai Electronics Completes New Factory Premises

(October 21, 2002) Vancouver, British Columbia -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc. has completed construction work of its new factory premises.

Rick Gunn Joins Nextek as Director of Engineering

(October 21, 2002) Madison, Ala. -- Richard B. "Rick" Gunn has joined Nextek as director of engineering for the corporation.

Teradyne, Tecnomatix Expand Alliance

(October 21, 2002) Boston and Nashua, N.H. -- Teradyne's Assembly Test Division (ATD) and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announce that Tecnomatix Unicam Inc. will acquire Teradyne's CIMBridge CAD/CAM optimization software product line.

Tin Technology Leads Project on Halogen-free, Flame-Retardant Systems in PCBs, Electronic Components

(October 21, 2002) UK -- Tin Technology will be leading a project to develop halogen-free, flame-retardant systems in printed circuit boards (PCBs) and encapsulated electronic components.

Xanoptix, Tyco Electronics Sign Strategic Marketing and Sales Agreement

(October 18, 2002) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. -- Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics have formed a multi-year, multi-million dollar joint strategic business agreement to promote Xanoptix's XTM Series of optical transceiver products.

Amphenol Reports Third Quarter 2002 Results

(October 18, 2002) Wallingford, Conn. -- Amphenol Corp. reported today that third quarter 2002 diluted earnings per share increased 23 percent to 48 cents compared to 39 cents per share for the 2001 period.

Cognex Corp. Announces Third Quarter Results

(October 18, 2002) Natick, Mass. -- Cognex Corp. announced revenue for the third quarter ended September 29, 2002, of $31.8 million, compared to $33.9 million reported for the third quarter of 2001.

Matheson Tri-Gas Launches New Web Site

(October 18, 2002) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. has released its new Web site.

Bluetooth to Ramp Up In Markets Outside of Mobile Handsets, Says Allied Business Intelligence

(October 17, 2002) Oyster Bay, N.Y. -- While mobile handsets are expected to account for approximately two-thirds of the Bluetooth devices that will ship in 2002, and cordless headsets will also be a growing category, Allied Business Intelligence's (ABI) new Bluetooth report notes that there are significant opportunities for Bluetooth semiconductor vendors in other markets, especially computing.

Cadence Reports Third Quarter Results

(October 17, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has announced third quarter pro forma diluted earnings per share of 15 cents, down 30 percent from the third quarter of 2001, on revenue of $327 million.

In-Stat/MDR Reports New Components, Form Factors and Pricing to Jump-Start Lagging PDA Market

(October 17, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- While growth in the PDA market has been less than stellar this year, In-Stat/MDR expects conditions to improve in coming years as demand for PDAs moves beyond the early adopter and mobile professional market into the mainstream consumer and corporate markets.

OK International Refocuses Businesses to Concentrate on Electronics and Growth Industries

(October 17, 2002) Menlo Park, Calif. -- OK International will focus on future business activities that strengthen their position in the electronics and PCB assembly industries, as well as explore opportunities in other growth markets.

ESEC Intensifies Focus on Core Business

(October 16, 2002) Cham, Switzerland -- ESEC is intensifying measures introduced last year towards focusing the company's efforts on its two core business segments, die attach and wire bonding.

Juki Automation Systems Announces New President

(October 16, 2002) Morrisville, N.C. -- Juki Automation Systems Inc. and the Board of Directors have appointed Kaz Nomoto as president of the organization.

Nextek Announces New Vice President of Sales

(October 16, 2002) Madison, Ala. -- Mark S. Edwards has accepted the position of vice president of sales for Nextek Inc.

European Industry Leaders Gather to Discuss How to Build a Profitable Digital Factory Strategy

(October 16, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- As manufacturers worldwide look to grow business, keep costs in check and improve quality in an increasingly competitive environment, European industry leaders will meet in Germany October 20 through 22 to exchange ideas on building and enhancing the digital factory.

SMTA Establishes Student Chapters

(October 15, 2002) Minneapolis -- In an effort to strengthen ties between academia and industry and to enrich post-secondary students' education in electronics assembly, surface mount technology, microelectronics, electronics packaging or related curricula, the SMTA has established student chapters.

Global Market for Diamond, Diamond-like and CBN Films and Coated Products to Reach $725 Million by 2006, Says BCC Study

(October 15, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released study from Business Communications Co. Inc., "RGB-173U Diamond, Diamond-like and CBN Films and Coated Products: Market Analysis," the North American market is expected to reach $290 million by 2006, with an AAGR (annual average growth rate) of 18.3 percent per year from 2001 through 2006.

Fall Semester to Begin Soon at IPC Cyber University

(October 15, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the fall curriculum schedule for its Cyber University, which offers 14 hours of courses in the School of Business and International Relations and the School of Technology to technical and marketing professionals in the printed circuit board (PCB) and electronics assemblies industries.

Assembly Technology 2002 Shows a Positive Sign for the Manufacturing Industry

(October 15, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly Technology Expo held its 23rd annual exhibition and conference September 24 through 26, 2002, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Market for Magnetic Materials In China to Cross $5.2 Billion in 2007, Says BCC Research

(October 14, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-268 Magnetic Materials Market in China and its Position in the World Market, sales of Chinese magnetic materials are estimated a nearly $3 billion in 2002. Rising at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 12.1 percent, sales will reach $5.3 billion in 2007.

IPC Training Certification Programs Now in DVD Format

(October 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has released three new Training Certification programs on DVD, with such user-friendly features as random access/chapter selection, optional navigation and higher resolution for improved detail.

Nextek Awarded the Administrator's Award for Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration

(October 14, 2002) Madison, Ala. -- Nextek Inc., nominated for the Regional Business Subcontractor of the Year by a major government contractor, has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration "Administrator's Award for Excellence for 2001."

Parlex Receives Outstanding Supplier Award from Samsung Electronics

(October 14, 2002) Methuen, Mass. -- Parlex Corp.'s Flexible Printed Circuit operation located in Shanghai was recently awarded "Outstanding Supplier" status from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Teradyne Awarded 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year by Magis

(October 11, 2002) San Diego and Boston -- Magis Networks Inc. has named Teradyne Inc. as its 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year.

ElectroniCast Releases OADM Systems and Fiber Optic Components Rapid Reaction Report

(October 11, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's "Optical Add/ Drop Mutiplexer (OADM) Systems and Fiber Optic Component Rapid Reaction Report" provides years 2000/2001 analysis and five-year reality-driven forecast of market, application, technology and competitive trends of OADM systems, modulators and supporting fiber optics components.

QPL Ltd. Extends Manufacturing Capabilities With New Factory In China

(October 11, 2002) Fremont, Calif. -- QPL has opened a new 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility located in Guangdong, China.

Memtron Designs Duraswitch Technology Into Fire Alarm Controls

(October 11, 2002) Phoenix and Frankenmuth, Mich. -- Duraswitch licensee Memtron is using Duraswitch's PushGate switch technology in fire alarm controls it is producing for two customers.

Teradyne Awarded 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year by Magis

(October 11, 2002) San Diego and Boston -- Magis Networks Inc. has named Teradyne Inc. as its 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year.

Elcoteq Appoints Harri Ollila President, Elcoteq Europe

(October 10, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Harri Ollila, MSc (Eng.) MBA, has been appointed president, Europe of Elcoteq beginning January 1, 2003.

Kyocera Wireless Corp. Names Fredrik Torstensson Vice President of International Sales & Business Development

(October 10, 2002) San Diego -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. has named Fredrik Torstensson its vice president of international sales and business development.

Newport to Present on Advanced Packaging, Automated Assembly at IMAPS Workshop

(October 10, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Daniel F. Crowley, director of sales at Newport/MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, is scheduled to make a presentation on advanced packaging and automated assembly at the Topical Workshop on Optoelectronics Packaging and Micro-Optoelectromechanical Systems (MOEMS), taking place October 8 through 11, 2002.

Nu Horizons Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2003

(October 10, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has reported financial and operating results for the second quarter and six months ended August 31, 2002.

EXFO Completes Acquisition of Gnubi Communications

(October 9, 2002) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of the assets of gnubi communications, L.P., a leading supplier of multi-channel telecom and datacom testing solutions for system manufacturers.

'Glass Pipeline' Is Core Message From Outsourcing OEMs, Says Quarterly Forum Participants

(October 9, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- According to mid-tier and large-tier outsourcing OEM companies at the Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain on September 20, 2002, in San Jose, having a "glass pipeline" is core to successful supply chain management.

Elcoteq Third-Quarter Net Sales and Operating Profit Better than Expected

(October 9, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp.'s net sales and especially its operating profit for the third quarter ended in September will exceed the company's previous predictions.

Conference Program Complements New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location

(October 9, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo 2002 Conference will feature state-of-the-art education developed specifically for manufacturing professionals by several of their most respected industry associations including the SMTA and the SME.

Montgomery Brings More than 30 Years of Forecasting Knowledge to OADM and Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference

(October 8, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast Corp. Founder and Chairman Jeff D. Montgomery will be featured at the Fourth Annual OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference on November 12 through 13 at the Villa Hotel here.

ASSA ABLOY ITG Establishes Business Unit in Latin America

(October 8, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG) has formed a new operational business unit called ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group, Latin America.

Mentron Delivers Duraswitch to Medical Industry

(October 8, 2002) Phoenix and Frankenmuth, Mich. -- Duraswitch licensee Memtron Technologies has rapidly advanced the proliferation of Duraswitch's advanced switch technology into the medical industry.

IPC Exclusive Report Examines New Connector Applications' Effect on Industry

(October 8, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) introduces "The Impact of Emerging Connector Designs on Printed Circuit Design and Fabrication," a recently commissioned report from Prismark Partners LLC, a leading electronics industry consulting firm.

Standex International Purchases CIN-TRAN Inc.

(October 8, 2002) Salem, N.H. and Cincinnati -- Standex International Corp. has purchased substantially all of the assets of CIN-TRAN Inc.

Amphenol Completes Acquisition of K&K Stamping's RADSOK Business Unit

(October 7, 2002) Sidney, N.Y. and Detroit -- Amphenol Corp.'s Industrial Operations Division has completed the acquisition of the RADSOK Business Unit of K&K Stamping.

JNJ Industries Appoints Cameron & Barkley New Distributor

(October 7, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- JNJ Industries Inc. has appointed Cameron & Barkley (CamBar) as a stocking distributor of its consumable products, including its GlobalTech line of environmentally friendly cleaning products, under stencil wiping rolls, squeegee blades, wipes and chemistry products.

Lamina Ceramics Opens New Facility to Increase Production of LTCC-M Technology

(October 7, 2002) Westampton, N.J. -- Lamina Ceramics has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility here to increase production of components, modules, circuit boards and packages using Lamina's proprietary Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic on Metal (LTCC-M) technology.

Siemens Dematic Enters Into Sales Partnership with ACD Technologies

(October 7, 2002) Nuremberg, Germany and Italy -- At the European Printed Circuit Board Convention (EPC 2002) in Cologne, Siemens Dematic AG and ACD Technologies will announce their intention to work together in the future in the field of substrate technology in a sales cooperation.

SMTA Annual Meeting Keynote Touches On Military Electronics

(October 4, 2002) Chicago -- The unique requirements of military applications drive special testing and handling of electronics in this area, according to the keynote speaker at the SMTA Annual Meeting here on Tuesday, September 24.

Engineers Moving Toward Ethernet, Linux and High Resolution, Says New Survey

(October 4, 2002) Cleveland -- A survey of engineers responsible for electronics measurement reports that new communications protocols such as Ethernet, long touted as a likely successor to the widely used GPIB and serial interfaces, are finally seeing widespread adoption.

NEMA Web Site Wins Web Marketing Association's 2002 Outstanding Web Site Award

Free Special Events Highlight New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location

(October 4, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo co-located trade event, taking place December 4 through 6, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., will feature special events free to all attendees.

Richardson Electronics Forms Distribution Agreement with Lightel Technologies

(October 4, 2002) LaFox, Ill. and Seattle -- Richardson Electronics has signed an agreement with Lightel Technologies to distribute their ultrasonic SCC-3100 connector cleaner.

In-Stat/MDR Reports Surveys Say Consumers Interested in Bluetooth Benefits

(October 3, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Little headway has been made over the last year to increase the knowledge, or familiarity, of Bluetooth amongst the U.S. general public, according to In-Stat/MDR.

Gordon Tindle Appointed Executive General Manager, Enthone Ltd.

(October 3, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Gordon Tindle has been appointed executive general manager of Enthone Ltd., United Kingdom, by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

MPM Forum 2002 Japan to Chart the Future of Product Lifecycle Management

(October 3, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Attendees at MPM Forum 2002 (Japan), which takes place in Tokyo on October 3 and 4, will hear Daratech CEO and founder Charles Foundyller give the keynote address on the next frontier of product lifecycle management (PLM): Manufacturing Process Management (MPM).

Viasystems Group Inc. Obtains Support for Plan of Reorganization

(October 3, 2002) St. Louis -- Viasystems Group Inc. has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to achieve final approval for the company's recapitalization.

IMAPS Announces Award Winners for Exceptional Papers at IMAPS 2002

(October 2, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces the award winners among the exceptional papers presented at the recent IMAPS 2002 annual symposium in Denver, Colo.

Newport and EM4 Establish Strategic Relationship

(October 2, 2002) Irvine, Calif. and Burlington, Mass. -- Newport Corp. and EM4 Photonics have signed a letter of intent regarding a strategic agreement to jointly develop and refine photonics device manufacturing equipment and process solutions, as well as establish an equipment supplier relationship between the two parties.

German Automotive Line Builder Selects Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solution for Audi Car Project

(October 2, 2002) Germany and Nashua, N.H. -- Marxer Anlagen und Maschinenbau GmbH has placed an order of approximately US $225,000 for eMPower MPM products and services from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.

X-Tek Systems Appoints Global Marketing Head

(October 2, 2002) Tyngsboro, Mass. -- X-Tek Systems has appointed Paul Ramsay to the newly created position of sales and marketing manager with global responsibilities.

Lynxs to Present at ElectroniCast OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference

(October 1, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- Lynx Photonic Networks president and co-founder Michael Leigh will be a featured speaker at the Fourth Annual OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference on November 13 at the Villa Hotel here.

Market for Sputtering Targets to Reach Nearly $1.8 Billion by 2006, BCC Survey Says

(October 1, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated study from Business Communications Co. Inc., "RGB-232R Sputtering Targets and Sputtered Films: Technology and Markets," $871.5 million worth of sputtering targets were consumed in 2001 to sputter-deposit 486.1 million sq. m of thin films for flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage devices, wavelength-selective coatings on glass, and semiconductor chips.

Duraswitch Licensee Dewhurst Earns European Lift Industry Award for 'Best Product of the Year 2002'

(October 1, 2002) Phoenix and UK -- Duraswitch licensee Dewhurst plc was awarded the British Lift Industry Awards' (BLIA) "Best Product of the Year, 2002" award in the under 500 pound category for its Compact 2 Micro, which incorporates Duraswitch's PushGate pushbutton technology.

ElectronicAsia 2002 Completely Booked

(October 1, 2002) Hong Kong -- On October 11, electronicAsia opens its gates here. The regional key fair for electronics and electronics production organized by the Messe Muenchen GmbH was booked up long before its registration deadline three months ago.

Chase EMS, Photronic Devices Form Partnership

(September 30, 2002) West Bridgewater, Mass. -- Chase EMS Group Chase EMS' Sunburst Division has formed a strategic manufacturing partnership with Photronic Devices for the manufacture of their LCON4 series optical gain amplifier controllers.

ElectroniCast President to Head Optical Modulators Executive Briefing October 9

(September 30, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast will be hosting the "Optical Modulators Market Trends Executive Forum" on October 9, 2002, at the Villa Hotel here, sponsored by Fiber Systems International and PR@vantage.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratio and PCB Business Report for August 2002

(September 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

NEMI Honors Outstanding Leadership

(September 30, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has recognized a project team and two individuals for their service to NEMI and to the electronics manufacturing industry.

Rockwell Collins Wins Contract With China Eastern Airlines

(September 26, 2002) Pomona, Calif. -- Rockwell Collins has signed an agreement with China Eastern Airlines, which will allow for installation of the PAVES inflight entertainment system on 20 Airbus A320 aircraft.

Adept Technology Revises Guidance, Announces Strategic Actions

(September 27, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Adept Technology Inc. announces that first quarter revenue is anticipated to be below the company's previous expectations. Additionally, the company has engaged the investment bank, Broadview International, to explore strategic alternatives for Adept.

EXFO Records Sales Growth for Second Consecutive Quarter

(September 27, 2002) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has recorded sales growth for a second consecutive quarter following the release of fourth quarter and fiscal 2002 financial results.

'Top 10 Developments' in Ceramic Interconnect Technology' Announced at IMAPS 2002

(September 27, 2002) Washington, DC -- The latest advances and challenges -- "The Top Ten Developments in Ceramic Interconnect Technology" -- were recognized at a recent press event hosted by the Ceramic Interconnect Initiative (CII) at IMAPS 2002, The 35th International Symposium on Microelectronics in Denver, Colo.

Industry Leaders Gather at North America MPM Forum 2002 to Discuss Status and Future of Manufacturing Process Management

(September 27, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- At the MPM Forum 2002 conference, held September 11 through 12 in Northville, Mich., the current state and future of Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) was discussed by executives and managers from EDS, Ford, General Motors and other major manufacturers, as well as senior executives from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., the sponsor of the MPM Forum series.

Bliss Industries Announces Previously Owned Cart Program

(September 26, 2002) Fremont, Calif. -- Bliss Industries Inc. has launched a "Previously Owned Carts" program.

Second Annual Optical Communication Component Conference Set for Tokyo

(September 26, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's Second Annual Optical Communication Component Conference will be held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on October 30, 2002.

Parlex Nominates Russell D. Wright for the Board of Directors

(September 26, 2002) Methuen, Mass. -- Parlex Corp. has nominated Russell D. Wright to be a member of the Board of Directors, subject to shareholder approval at its Annual Meeting on November 26, 2002.

Accomplishments Within Electronics Assembly Industry to be Recognized at APEX(r) 2003

(September 25, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that several awards will be presented at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2003, taking place March 31 through April 2, 2003, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

SOLDERTEC to Present, Lead Discussion Group at COG Meeting

(September 24, 2002) Stanmore and Hertfordshire, UK -- The next Component Obsolescence Group (COG) meeting will be held September 25 and 26, 2002. The first day will focus on mechanical obsolescence and will be held at BAE Systems. The second day will cover COG activities and electronic obsolescence and will be held at the Node Conference Centre at Codicote.

Faraday Selects Agilent Technologies 93000 to Test USB 2.0 IP Cores

(September 25, 2002) Hsinchu, Taiwan and Palo Alto, Calif. -- Faraday Technology Corp. has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 93000 SOC Series test system to test Faraday's new USB 2.0 interconnect standard IP cores.

RF Micro Devices Adds New Member to Board of Directors

(September 25, 2002) Greensboro, N.C. -- RF Micro Devices Inc. has named Frederick J. Leonberger, Ph.D., a member of the Board of Directors.

Ask and Answer -- September 25, 2002

Ask and Answer is a forum where SMT professionals with questions can meet up with those with the answers.

V.J. Electronix Forms Strategic Alliance With American Competitiveness Institute

(September 23, 2002) Bohemia, N.Y. -- V.J. Electronix has formed a strategic alliance with the American Competitiveness Institute (ACI) to facilitate ACI's primary goal of aiding the advancement and integration of leading edge technologies in electronics manufacturing and related engineering applications.

Endevco Signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Sandia National Laboratories

(September 24, 2002) San Juan Capistrano, Calif. -- Endevco Corp has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Sandia National Laboratories.

IMAPS Announces 'Ceramic Interconnect Technology: The Next Generation' 2003 Conference

(September 24, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) and the Ceramic Interconnect Initiative (CII) will bring enabling ceramic interconnect technology to the forefront with the "Ceramic Interconnect Technology: The Next Generation" conference, scheduled for April 8 through 9, 2003, at the Westin Hotel in Denver, Colo.

SigmaTel Selects Teradyne Integra J750 Test System for Testing of PC Audio Codecs

(September 24, 2002) Taipei, Taiwan and Boston -- SigmaTel has selected Teradyne's Integra J750 test system.

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