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DEK Acquires Acumen Technology as Production Center for PumpPrint Stencils in the Americas

(February 13, 2003) Guadalajara, Mexico -- With the acquisition of Acumen Technology, DEK has placed its PumpPrint stencil production site in a strategic location to serve customers in North and South America.

IPC and JEDEC Hold Third Annual Lead-Free Conference, Send Out Call for Papers

(February 13, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and JEDEC have developed the 3rd Annual International Conference on Lead-Free Electronic Assemblies.

Suntron Corp. Forms Strategic Partnership with UMD Technology

(February 13, 2003) Phoenix and Portland, Ore. -- Suntron Corp. has formed a strategic partnership with UMD Technology to provide engineering services focused on RF/Wireless, medical and electronics commerce.

ASSA ABLOY ITG Promotes David Sullivan to Vice President of Business Development

(February 12, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- The ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG) has promoted David Sullivan to vice president of business development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

ATS Reports Strong Third Quarter Revenues

(February 12, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has reported its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2003, including a 24 percent increase in revenue driven by strong growth in automation systems, precision components and solar operations.

Polarfab, Silvaco Partner in Analog Design Kit Support

(February 12, 2003) Bloomington, Minn. and Santa Clara, Calif. -- PolarFab and Silvaco have formed an agreement to provide mutual customers with analog process design kits that result in higher design productivity.

Rickert Steps Down as President and CEO; Dangel Named Successor at Bosch Rexroth

(February 12, 2003) Hoffman Estates, Ill. -- The Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth AG, Lohr, Germany, announces that Bob Rickert will step down as president and chief executive officer of Bosch Rexroth Corp. and will be replaced by Wolfgang Dangel, currently an executive vice president and the chief financial officer.

Agilent's Kamran Firooz to Lead OSS Division

(February 11, 2003) Loveland, Colo. -- Kamran Firooz, vice president and long-time general manager of Agilent's Manufacturing Test Business Unit, has accepted the position of vice president and general manager of its Operations Support Systems Division (OSSD), effective March 3.

Ceremony to Honor 42 Exhibitors at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003

(February 11, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries will hold a special ceremony at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003 to recognize 42 companies that have exhibited at IPC Printed Circuits Expo since the show's inception in 1994.

SMTA Launches Mission to China

(February 11, 2003) Minneapolis -- Limited to just 20 SMTA members, SMTA's Mission to China, taking place April 7 through 8, will provide participants immediate access to a network of government and industry contacts to help establish relationships that are critical to succeeding in the global economy.


IRC Names New TRESCO General Manager

(February 11, 2003) Boone, N.C. -- TT electronics IRC Wire and Advanced Film Division has appointed Don Bolster as TRESCO general manager.

Asymtek Receives Factory Mutual Research Rating for Century Conformal Coating System

(February 10, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek has received the Factory Mutual Research Rating for their Century C-740 and C-741 selective conformal coating systems, assuring the highest safety standards for its customers and employees.

Photon Dynamics Appoints Jeffrey Hawthorne Senior Vice President

(February 10, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. has named Jeffrey A. Hawthorne as the company's new senior vice president to manage the Flat Panel Display business.

Rohm and Haas Co. Reports Fourth Quarter 2002 and Full Year Results

(February 10, 2003) Philadelphia -- Rohm and Haas Co. has reported fourth quarter sales of $1.4 billion, a 7 percent increase over the same period in 2001, reflecting solid improvement in the Coatings, Electronic Materials, Salt and Monomers businesses.

Teradyne, Marconi Selenia Communications Complete Digital Test Unit Integration for Military/Aerospace Programs

(February 10, 2003) Westford, Mass. and Italy -- Teradyne's Assembly Test Division has completed the integration of its M910 digital test instrument (DTI) into the Marconi Selenia Communications general purpose automatic test equipment (GPATE) platform.

IPC Document Reaches Four New Corners of the World

(February 7, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. --IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has expanded its reach into the global marketplace with the release of four new translations of IPC-A-610C, Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies.

NEMI to Premiere Latest Roadmap at APEX 2003

(February 7, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) will premiere its 2002 roadmap at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX conference in Anaheim, Calif. (March 31 through April 2).

SMTA Launches New Online Presentations

(February 7, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA is launching all-new Online Presentations featuring individual instructors who, for approximately 90 minutes each, will speak on a timely and specific topic.

Universal Instruments Adds Shopping Cart Functionality to Web Site

(February 7, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- On January 28, 2003, Universal Instruments enhanced the functionality of its Web site by adding a shopping cart feature that enables users to easily order spare parts and services in a secure Web environment.

Vitronics Soltec to Launch 18-City Advanced Technology Tour

(February 6, 2003) Stratham, N.H. -- Vitronics Soltec's Technology Group will host a series of instructional seminars throughout North America this year.


Carbon Nanotubes Are Materials of the Future, Says BCC

(February 6, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-245R Nanotubes: Directions and Technologies, estimates of the total volume of research based on nanotubes (both single wall and specialty multiwall nanotubes) that have been produced worldwide to date, range from 10 to 20 kg, with a value of approximately $5 to $10 million.

GPD Global Receives Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting

(February 6, 2003) Grand Junction, Colo. -- GPD Global Inc. has been awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting.

Solectron Signs Manufacturing and Supply Agreement with HP

(February 6, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has reached a manufacturing and supply agreement with HP. At anticipated production levels, the contract would generate about $1.4 billion in sales for Solectron over five years.

Global Market for Optical Thin Film Coatings to Reach $7.33 Billion by 2007, Says BCC

(February 5, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-187R Future for Optical Coatings, the global market for optical thin film coatings is estimated at $5.95 billion in 2002. Expected to grow at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 4.3 percent, this market is likely to reach $7.33 billion by 2007.

Vitronics Soltec Building New Facility

(February 5, 2003) Oosterhout, The Netherlands -- Construction of a state-of-the-art facility for Vitronics Soltec has begun in Oosterhout, the Netherlands, not far from the company's present location.

Assembleon Appoints Kaisertech to Extend Market Coverage to the UK

(February 5, 2003) Eindhoven, The Netherlands -- Assembleon has appointed Kaisertech Ltd. as its UK agent.

ATS Acquires Precision Plastic Injection Molding Business

(February 5, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has acquired a leading micro-precision plastic injection molding company to add to the capabilities of its Precision Components Group.

ElectroniCast Founder to Speak at International Compound Semiconductor Outlook Conference

(February 4, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast Corp. Founder and Chairman Jeff D. Montgomery will present "Terabit in a Thimble: Optoelectronics Evolution" at Gorham's 8th International Semiconductor Outlook Conference: Compound Semiconductor Outlook 2003-USA in San Diego on February 28.

Siemens Dematic Receives Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award

(February 4, 2003) Munich, Germany -- For the second time, Siemens Dematic Electronics Assembly Systems has been honored with the Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award.

SMTA Offers Certification Programs in Anaheim

(February 4, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has launched two certification programs, one for SMT Processes and one for SMT Systems that are intended for engineers with at least one year of SMT experience and competence in engineering math.


Universal to Open New World-Class Manufacturing Facility in Guangdong Province at End of February

(February 4, 2003) Shekou, Guangdong Provence, China -- On February 28, Universal Instruments Corp, will be hosting a customer and press event to celebrate and discuss the opening of the company's brand new world-class manufacturing facility here.

Ansoft's Founder, Chairman and CTO Zoltan Cendes Elected IEEE Fellow

(February 3, 2003) Pittsburgh -- Zoltan Cendes, Ph.D., Ansoft Corp.'s founder, chairman, and chief technology officer, was recently elected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow for his outstanding contributions to the application of finite-element modeling to microwave guides, structures, and circuits.

Arbell Forms Distribution Agreement with ASG/HIOS

(February 3, 2003) Burlington, Canada -- Arbell International Corp. has been appointed as a fully authorized national stocking distributor for ASG, Division of Jergens Inc.

IPC Meeting to Equip EMS Executive with Tools for Success

(February 3, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries will address many of the vital issues at the heart of the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry at its EMS Management Council Meeting.

SpecialChem Appoints New VP for its Adhesives and Sealants Platform

(February 3, 2003) Paris -- SpecialChem has appointed Francois Bauduin as vice president in charge of its Adhesives and Sealants division.

Fairchild Semiconductor Achieves Occupational Health & Safety Certification for Cebu, Philippines Facility

(January 31, 2003) South Portland, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor's Cebu, Philippines assembly and test facility has received the internationally recognized Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certification.

IPC Restructures Exhibition, Creates Venue to Serve Entire Electronics Industry

(January 31, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries will collocate IPC SMEMA Council's APEX and IPC Printed Circuits Expo on February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Photon Dynamics Reports First Quarter 2003 Results, Announces Departure from PCBA Inspection Market

(January 31, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. has reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2003, ending December 31, 2002.

Edward J. Kelley Appointed OEM Marketing Manager, Polyclad Laminates

(January 31, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. -- Edward J. Kelley has been appointed OEM marketing manager, Polyclad Laminates Inc. by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

DEK Adds Stencil Design and Manufacturing Capability to Memphis Hub

(January 30, 2003) Memphis -- DEK has added stencil design and manufacturing capabilities to its new logistics hub here to enhance support for North American customers of its Process Support Products Division.


ESI Names Clive McGovern as European Sales Manager

(January 30, 2003) Portland, Ore. -- Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) has named Clive McGovern European regional manager.

KEMET Reports Financial Results for the December 2002 Quarter

(January 30, 2003) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. has reported financial results for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2002.

Tyco Electronics Signs Memorandum of Understanding with China Putain Corp.

(January 30, 2003) Dallas -- Tyco Electronics Power Systems and China Putian Corp. signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Strategic Cooperation in Wuhan, China on January 8, 2003.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and Business Report for December 2003

(January 29, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

EXFO to Address Institutional Investors in February

(January 29, 2003) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. will hold investor relations events for the month of February.

Machine Vision Products Issued U.S. Patent for CIMCIS

(January 29, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Machine Vision Products Inc. (MVP) has been granted a U.S. Patent for its computer integrated manufacturing control and information system (CIMCIS).

MEMS Driving Innovation in Automotive Sector, Says In-Stat/MDR

(January 29, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Despite the considerable opportunity that the automotive sector offers for many different uses of MEMS technology, In-Stat/MDR reports that only a few devices have, to date, been integrated in high volume in a small number of applications.

PCB Designers' Skills, Visibility and Value Improved at IPC Designers Council Summit

(January 29, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its Designers Council have released the program schedules for the Interactive Hands-On Workshops and Off-Site Applied Training segments of its 2003 IPC Designers Council Summit.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and IMS/PCB Business Report for December 2002

(January 28, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

Dow Corning to Acquire Raychem Power Materials Business Unit of Tyco Electronics

(January 28, 2003) Midland, Mich. -- In a move to expand its share of the fabricated thermal interface materials market, Dow Corning Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Raychem Power Materials Business Unit of Tyco Electronics.


AVX Announces Third Quarter Results

(January 28, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $282.6 million in the third quarter ended December 31, 2002, and that the net loss for the quarter was $0.7 million, or 0 cents per diluted share.

Elcoteq Releases Preliminary 2002 Results

(January 28, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq's net sales in 2002 totaled MEUR 1,840 (net sales in 2001: MEUR 1,862). The operating profit was approximately MEUR 25 (MEUR -18.4), and profit before taxes and minority interests was approximately MEUR 18 (MEUR -30.7).

Distinguished Triad to Address Attendees at APEX 2003

(January 27, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the three keynote speakers for IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, taking place March 31 through April 2, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Duraswitch, UTEK Form Strategic Alliance Agreement for Technology Transfer

(January 27, 2003) Phoenix and Plant City, Fla. -- Duraswitch Industries Inc. and UTEK Corp. have signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

Orbotech Announces New President

(January 27, 2003) Billerica, Mass. -- Orbotech Inc. has appointed Barry Cohen as president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2003.

Jim Bernhard Joins Ovation Products

(January 27, 2003) Bethlehem, Pa. -- Jim Bernhard has joined Ovation Products as vice president of sales and market development in order to expand the company's market presence for the company's line of Grid-Lok compliant tooling products.

Murrietta Circuits Moves to Larger Facility

(January 24, 2003) Anaheim, Calif. -- Murrietta Circuits has moved to the 47,500 sq ft Catellus Corporate Center here.

Universal Display Wins Army SBIR Contract to Focus on the Use of Metal Foil for Flexible Displays

(January 24, 2003) Ewing, N.J. -- Universal Display Corp. has been awarded a $69,850 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the U.S. Department of the Army to demonstrate the feasibility of building active-matrix, organic light-emitting device (AMOLED) displays on durable metal foil for use in military applications where size, weight and ruggedness are critical.

ElectroniCast's Optical Modulator Market Forecast Published

(January 24, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s new market study, North America led global consumption of optical modulators in 2002, with a 40 percent relative market share.

IPC Photonics Manufacturing Association Council Continues its Evolution

(January 24, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries' Photonics Manufacturing Association Council (PMAC) has recently assembled a Steering Committee to oversee the Council's steady development of a body responsible for organizing and coordinating standardization, roadmapping, legislative, market research and education efforts within the photonics industry.


ESI Opens New Office in Hsinchu, Taiwan

(January 23, 2003) Portland, Ore. -- Electro Scientific Industries Inc. has opened an expanded office in Jubei City, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Newport to Report Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results on January 29

(January 23, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. announces that on Wednesday, January 29, 2003, the company will release results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2002.

Berufsakademie Baden Wurttemberg Integrates Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solutions into Curriculum

(January 23, 2003) Germany and Nashua, N.H. -- Berufsakademie Baden Wurttemberg, Germany's University of Cooperative Education, will begin training all industry partners and new engineering students on Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower MPM solutions

Chinese Language Pages Available from Universal Web Site

(January 23, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. has expanded its Web site to enhance access to native language information for Chinese-speaking customers.

GSPK Circuits Invests in Chinese Venture

(January 22, 2003) Knaresborough, UK -- GSPK Circuits Ltd. is investing in a new Chinese venture to provide a complete supply solution.

IPC Releases APEX 2003 Technical Conference Schedule

(January 22, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the technical conference sessions to be presented at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, being held March 31 through April 2, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Global PCB Price Erosion Slowing, Says Purcon-iPro

(January 22, 2003) UK -- Price erosion of printed circuit boards, which reached as much as 10 percent per quarter in the second half of 2001, has now slowed to less than 5 percent per quarter, according to the latest report from UK electronics industry specialists, Purcon-iPro.

Framework for International Lead-free Soldering Roadmap Agreed Upon

(January 22, 2003) UK -- An International Framework recommending timescales and actions for achieving coordinated introduction of lead-free soldering processes has been agreed upon.

Agilent Technologies Collaborates with China Integrated Design Center to Establish China's First SOC Engineering Testing Center

(January 21, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. and Beijing -- Agilent Technologies Inc. is collaborating with China Integrated Circuit Design Center (CIDC) to establish Beijing's first SOC (system-on-a-chip) Engineering Testing Center.

Tom Ryan Joins Accent to Head X-ray Diffraction Business

(January 21, 2003) Bend, Ore. -- Accent Optical Technologies has appointed Tom Ryan, Ph.D. to director of business development, X-ray Diffraction.


Solectron Expands Customer Relationship Management Services in Europe

(January 21, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. and Milan, Italy -- Solectron Corp. has acquired Ce.Mar Srl., the leading call center and technical support service provider in Italy, strengthening Solectron's customer relationship management (CRM) offerings in Europe.

Teradyne Signs Molex as Second-Source Producer of GbX High-Speed, High-Density Connector

(January 21, 2003) Nashua, N.H. and Lisle, Ill. -- Teradyne Inc. Connection Systems Division (TCS) and Molex Inc. have signed a second-source licensing agreement that grants Molex the right to manufacture, market and sell the GbX connector.

Solectron Executive Vice President to Lead Global Services Unit

(January 20, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has named George Moore, an executive vice president of the company, to head its Global Services business unit.

ESI Names Bob Chamberlain Vice President, Customer Operations

(January 20, 2003) Portland, Ore. -- Electro Scientific Industries Inc. has named Bob Chamberlain vice president, customer operations.

IPC Assists in Preparation of Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Electronics Industry

(January 20, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has created the IPC Electronics Assembly Scholarship Fund, an endowment the association established to support the electronics program of Curie Metropolitan High School, Chicago, Ill.

Matheson Tri-Gas Expands ULTIMA Ammonia Plant

(January 20, 2003) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.'s Electronics and Specialty Gas Group has completed the expansion of a new facility in LaPorte, Texas to produce ultra-high purity ammonia.

Indala Expands Its Domestic and International Sales Teams

(January 17, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Indala has expanded its sales teams in the U.S., Asia-Pacific and European territories.

Original Design Manufacturers to Discuss Intellectual Property Protection

(January 17, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- On March 6, 2003, executives from original design manufacturers (ODMs) will speak on a panel entitled, "Intellectual Property Protection and Comparisons with Electronic Manufacturing Services Companies" to address name-brand electronic equipment makers' increasing yet cautious use of companies that provide not only manufacturing services but also their own line of product designs.

Amphenol Reports 2002 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

(January 17, 2003) Wallingford, Conn. -- Amphenol Corp. reports that fourth quarter 2002 diluted earnings per share increased 41 percent to 52 cents compared to 37 cents per share for the 2001 period.

Aries Cuts Delivery Time to Two Weeks for Standard RF Test Sockets

(January 17, 2003) Frenchtown, N.J. -- Aries Electronics offers expedited delivery of two weeks, versus six weeks, for the company's standard lines of Microstrip and Spring Probe RF test sockets.


MicroScreen Announces New Rep in Eastern Michigan

(January 16, 2003) South Bend, Ind. -- MicroScreen has appointed Horizon Sales of Howell, Mich. as its exclusive agent for the eastern portion of Michigan.

ASAT Appoints Charles F. L. Ward Senior Vice President and General Manager

(January 16, 2003) Hong Kong and Fremont, Calif. -- ASAT Holdings Ltd. and ASAT Inc. announce the appointment of Charles F. L. Ward as senior vice president and general manager of ASAT Inc.

AVX to Convert Commercial SMT Tantalum Capacitors to Lead-Free Technology

(January 16, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- In response to the increasing demand for environmentally friendly components, AVX Corp. will convert is commercial line of surface mount tantalum capacitors to lead-free technology during the first six months of 2003.

Duraswitch Continues Global Expansion With New Licensee

(January 16, 2003) Phoenix and Sweden -- Duraswitch has executed a non-exclusive license agreement with Danielson Group.

Duraswitch Licensee ECI Screenprint Manufacturers Controls With Large Key Pushgate Technology

(January 15, 2003) Phoenix and Thomaston, Conn. -- Duraswitch licensee ECI Screenprint has designed and manufactured control panels for a hydrogen generator application using Duraswitch's large-key PushGate switch construction.

Digital Innovations Selects Endicott Interconnect

(January 15, 2003) Endicott, N.Y. -- Consumer electronics manufacturer Digital Innovations has chosen Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. (EI) as its partner in the launch of the Neuros MP3 Digital Audio Computer.

Embedded FPGA Market to Evade Effects of Current Economic Downturn, Says In-Stat/MDR

(January 15, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- While current economic conditions will affect all aspects of the semiconductor industry, the impact on the embedded FPGA (field-programmable gate arrays) market should be minimal, according to In-Stat/MDR.

Dave Selestak Joins March Plasma Systems As Eastern Regional Sales Manager

(January 15, 2003) Concord, Calif. -- March Plasma Systems recently appointed Dave Selestak their eastern U.S. regional sales manager.

AEGIS Announces New Director of Sales

(January 14, 2003) Philadelphia -- AEGIS Industrial Software Corp. welcomes Carl Brytz as the company's director of sales.

ElectroniCast Forecasts Optical Fiber Amplifier Gain Block Consumption to Reach $2.54 Billion by 2006

(January 14, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's "Optical Fiber Amplifier, Gain Block & Components Global Market Forecast Report" presents a detailed 10-year forecast and analysis of the consumption of optical fiber amplifiers (OFAs).


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.


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