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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.

Seminar and Poster Display at NEPCON West 2002 Will Explore Emerging Interconnection Technologies

(September 23, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- NEPCON West, which will take place December 4 through 6, 2002 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., will feature "Emerging Interconnection Technologies," a groundbreaking symposium on the innovative solutions that will serve and stimulate the electronics industry.

PTC Sponsors Technology Forecasters' Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain

(September 23, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) announces that PTC was a corporate sponsor of the September 20, 2002, Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain program, a membership organization taking issues affecting the electronics manufacturing industry, assessing and discussing them in quarterly meetings, and on the Internet.

EKRA, Fuji Machine Mfg. Form OEM Agreement

(September 23, 2002) Bonnigheim, Germany and Chiryu, Japan -- EKRA GmbH and Fuji Machine Manufacturing Co. Ltd have entered into an OEM agreement where Fuji will integrate the complete range of EKRA printers into its SMT production lines. The agreement also includes a mutual exchange of technology.

Speaking of this Week -- September 20, 2002

Show news remains at the forefront this week, followed by that of progress and personnel. The results of several studies that looked at the past, present and future of the industry were revealed as well. One noticeable absence was significant news of partnerships, mergers and alliances.

WHMA Lends Support to Assembly Technology Expo

(September 20, 2002) Arlington Heights, Ill. -- The Wiring Harness Manufacturers Association (WHMA) will again support and participate in Assembly Technology Expo 2002, September 24 through 26, 2002, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Fiberspace CTO Brad Mells Will Speak at ElectroniCast's OADM & Advanced Photonic Communication Networks Conference

(September 20, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast will feature Fiberspace Inc.'s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Brad Mells on November 13 at the Fourth Annual Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (OADM) and Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference at the Villa Hotel here.


2002 IPC Annual Meeting Offers Programs for Managers From Four Industry Segments

(September 20, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the schedule for its four management meetings, taking place Monday, November 4, 2002, as part of the IPC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La.

Ask and Answer -- September 18, 2002

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New AeA Report Shows Not All California Cities Lost Tech Jobs in 2001

(September 19, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- AeA has released "California Cybercities 2002: A Metropolitan Overview of California's High-Technology Industry," a new economic report on California's high-tech industry.

KIC Opens First European Office

(September 19, 2002) San Diego, Calif. -- KIC's first European office opened on September 2, 2002, increasing their presence in Europe, and further enhancing the support available to customers, partners and distributors of their equipment utilization tools and solutions for the thermal process.

TMS GmbH Places $250,000 Order for Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solutions

(September 19, 2002) Nashua, N.H. and Linz, Austria -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that TMS Produktionssysteme GmbH -- one of the world's leading automotive line builders -- has purchased licenses for Tecnomatix empower solutions valued at approximately US $250,000.

Jim Griffin Appointed Director of Marketing, Polyclad Laminates

(September 18, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Jim Griffin has been appointed director of marketing, Polyclad Laminates Inc. by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

Electronics Industry in Mexico Set for Decade of Growth

(September 18, 2002) Guadalajara, Mexico -- According to CANIETI, the government chamber for electronics, telecom and information industries, the electronics industry is alive and well in Mexico.

SMTA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

(September 18, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA announces its election results for the Board of Directors for the term that begins at SMTA International (September 22 through 26, 2002).

USVibra Reorganization Complete

(September 17, 2002) Tucson, Ariz. and Tustin, Calif. -- USVibra Inc. has emerged from its July 2001 Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing.

Applied Systems Intelligence Receives $500,000 Investment

(September 17, 2002) Roswell, Ga. -- Applied Systems Intelligence Inc. investor William J. Hudson, Jr. has provided $500,000 in investment to help support company operations, and has joined the Board of Directors of the company.


ElectroniCast Announces Involvement of OMM's Senior VP of Sales & Marketing at OADM & Advance Photonic Conference

(September 17, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast will feature Optical Micro-Machines (OMM) Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Conrad Burke on November 13 at the Fourth Annual OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference at the Villa Hotel here.

O.C. White Announces Annual Sales Awards Recipients

(September 17, 2002) Three Rivers, Mass. -- The O.C. White Co. announces the winners of its annual sales awards to representatives and distributors at its recent National Sales Meeting.

July 10-Question Quiz and Crossword Puzzle -- The Answers

Stumped on a crossword answer? Want to make sure you're right? Here are the answers to July SMT Board Games.

Cogiscan Names James Weik as Asia Regional Sales Manager

(September 16, 2002) Quebec -- Cogiscan has appointed James Weik as Asia regional manager for their complete line of material and process control systems.

U.S. Market for Biosensors and Bioelectronics to Cross $1.81 Billion by 2006

(September 16, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released study from Business Communications Co. Inc., "RB-159 Biosensors and Bioelectronics," the total U.S. market for biosensors and bioelectronics reached $1.32 billion in 2001.

IPC Studies Executive Compensation Packages of PCB and EMS Companies for Its Members

(September 16, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC --Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has issued a call for participation in its confidential survey of executive compensation practices for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers and printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers.

Speaking of this Week -- September 13, 2002

It seems everyone's putting on a show, conference or seminar lately. Indeed, there's lots of interesting electronics assembly-related events just around the corner. Progress is booming, and alliances and mergers are, too. We've got an important piece of personnel news this week, too.

3SAE Technologies Reaches Agreement With Linsang Manufacturing

(September 13, 2002) Woburn, Mass. and Beltsville, Md. -- 3SAE Technologies Inc. has reached an agreement with Linsang Manufacturing Inc. (LMI).

Interplex to Double Presence in China

(September 13, 2002) Flushing, N.Y. -- Inteplex Industries Inc. plans to double the size of its manufacturing facility in Hangzhou and construct additional plants in Northern China.

Bandwidth 9 Co-Founder Will Speak at ElectroniCast's OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference

(September 13, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. --- ElectroniCast will feature Bandwidth9 Co-Founder and Vice President of Research and Development Wupen Yuen, Ph.D., on November 13 at the Fourth Annual Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (OADM) & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference at the Villa Hotel here.


Universal Instruments, SatCon Technology Join Up to Integrate Automated Assembly System for Future Generations of Products

(September 12, 2002) Cambridge, Mass. and Binghamton, N.Y. -- SatCon Technology Corp. worked with Universal Instruments Corp. to complete the integration of a new automated assembly system for future generations of its products.

ASSA ABLOY's Identification Technology Group (ITG) Achieves ISO 9001 and 2000 Certification

(September 12, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Three of ASSA ABLOY's ITG business units, HID Corp., Card Technologies and Services (CTS), and the Research and Development Center, have attained ISO 9001 2000 certification.

Coreco Imaging Named One of Canada's Top Companies

(September 12, 2002) Montreal, Quebec -- Coreco Imaging has been named one of Canada's top technology companies by two leading business publications.

Pan Tech USA to Complete Wafer Bumping Services Facility by November

(September 12, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- Pac Tech USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pac Tech GmbH, has begun construction of its new 2,000 sq ft wafer bumping and solder stencil printing production facility.

Ask and Answer -- September 11, 2002

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AVX Names Garrett Electronics New Design Support Distributor

(September 11, 2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Santa Monica, Calif. -- AVX Corp. has selected Garrett Electronics Corp. as specialty design support distributor, handling the company's line of passive components and connectors.

Infineon VP of Marketing to Present at ElectroniCast's OADM and Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference

(September 11, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast will feature Infineon Technologies North America Corp. Vice President of Marketing Jack Basi on November 13 at the Fourth Annual OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference at the Villa Hotel here.

PSI Announces DFx Seminar

(September 11, 2002) Austin, Texas -- Process Sciences Inc. (PSI) announces a three-day course entitled "DFx Methods and Practices," to be held October 16 through 18, 2002, at the Red Lion Hotel here.

Tecnomatix Launches Series of Manufacturing Process Management Forums and Conferences Worldwide

(September 10, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. is launching a series of public forums, conferences and user group meetings taking place around the world over the next two months that will discuss the present and future state of MPM and the manufacturing industry.

Assembleon Partnerships Succeed In Competitive Asian Market

(September 10, 2002) Eindhoven, The Netherlands -- The opening on August 23, 2002, of a new showroom-cum-demonstration/ repair/training center in Suzhou by American Tec represents an important step in the development of a three-way partnership between pick-and-place machinery supplier Assembleon, process equipment supplier Cookson Electronics Equipment and Autron Corp. Ltd.


EXFO to Acquire Assets of Gnubi Communications

(September 10, 2002) Quebec City, Canada and Dallas -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase substantially all the assets of gnubi communications, L.P., including its technology, expertise, customer base and inventories, in a stock-and-cash deal that ranges between US $4.3 million and US $7.2 million.

2002 IPC Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Signals for Increased Corporate Synergy

(September 10, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that Jerry Markbreit, former trade and barter manager of 3M Co. and retired National Football League (NFL) referee, will deliver the keynote presentation at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, being held November 3 through 7 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, La.

X-Tek Relocates to Tyngsboro, Mass.

(September 9, 2002) Tyngsboro, Mass. -- X-Tek Inc. has opened its new US Head Office here.

Real-Time Dynamic Image Processing Extends the Functionality of X-ray Inspection

(September 9, 2002) As electronics packages become smaller and more complex and production lines become faster, inspection modalities must evolve to meet these new demands. Not only must test systems inspect packages adequately, they must also provide quick results and be user-friendly.

Advanced Interconnections Receives Federal Recognition for Exporting Successes

(September 9, 2002) West Warwick, R.I. -- Advanced Interconnections Corp. was presented with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Achievement Certificate on August 20, 2002.

Samurai Spirits Joins Asymtek's Distributor Network in Taiwan

(September 9, 2002) Carlsbad, Calif. and Taipei, Taiwan -- Asymtek joined a new team of sales representatives, Samurai Spirits Inc. (SSI), to market their automated fluid dispensing systems in Taiwan.

Cookson Electronics Prospects Rise

(September 9, 2002) Foxborough, Mass. -- Success of the recent equity issue by Cookson Electronics parent company Cookson Group plc, which saw the company raise $400 million, bodes favorably for its $1.5 billion electronics division.

IMAPS Symposium: Slump Still Underway, but Developments Continue

(September 6, 2002) Denver -- The booth traffic was sluggish, but there was still plenty of interesting technology and business to see at the 35th annual IMAPS microelectronics symposium here.

High-Tech Exports Down $20 Billion in First Six Months of 2002

(September 6, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- New trade data from AeA show that high-tech exports are down 20 percent, or $20 billion, for the first six months of the year, compared to the same period in 2001.

SMTA Programs for NEPCON West and Fiberoptic Expo Announced

(September 5, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA announces the preliminary technical programs for NEPCON West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo (December 3 through 6 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.).


Fluke Acquires IR Thermometry Company Raytek

(September 6, 2002) Everett, Wash. and Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Fluke Corp. has acquired Raytek Corp. through its parent corporation, Danaher.

IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) Opens Doors to PCB Designers

(September 6, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and its Designers Council have created the 2003 IPC Designers Summit.

Amkor Extends Business Alliance With Agilent Technologies

(September 5, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. -- Building on the business alliance established at the beginning of this year, Amkor Technology Inc. has formed a technology development alliance and manufacturing services agreement with Agilent Technologies Inc.

NEMI Sponsors Workshop on Product Take-Back and Recycling

(September 5, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) is sponsoring a workshop to address the business implications of product take-back and recycling, October 10 through 11 in Colorado.

Richardson Electronics Forms Distribution Agreement with Honeywell's VCSEL Optical Products

(September 5, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics has signed an agreement with Honeywell's Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) product division to distribute their line of high quality laser products.

Ask and Answer - September 4, 2002

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Kenneth Ng Appointed Vice President of Sales, Polyclad Laminates -- Asia

(September 4, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. - Kenneth Ng has been appointed vice president of sales, Polyclad Laminates -- Asia by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

Peter Barnwell Assumes IMAPS Presidency

(September 4, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- Peter Barnwell, Ph.D., previously president-elect of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) Executive Council, has assumed his role as IMAPS president, effective immediately, and in time for IMAPS 2002, The 35th International Symposium on Microelectronics, sponsored by the IMAPS and scheduled for September 4 through 6, 2002, at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver.

Petroferm Contract Services Division Receives ISO 9001:2000 Registration

(September 3, 2002) Franklin, Ky. -- Petroferm Inc.'s Contract Services Division was recommended for ISO 9001: 2000 registration on August 27, 2002 by National Quality Assurance USA, an accredited ANSI/RAB registrar.

IPC's Fall TMRC Meeting Examines Tomorrow's Electronic Interconnect Industries

(September 3, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the schedule for its fall Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place November 5 through 6, 2002, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La., in conjunction with the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting.


Newport Corp. Appoints Vincent Chin Applications Engineer in Asia-Pacific Region

(September 3, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has appointed Vincent Chin to the position of applications engineer for its MRSI Advanced Packaging products in the Asia-Pacific region.

Speaking of this Week -- August 30, 2002

The bellwether IPC Book-to-Bill hit the street this week, revealing more flatness in the industry's growth. What hasn't been flat is the amount of news I'm receiving, which has gone from zero to 60 in a week's time. We've got the requisite partnership announcements and progress, with some financial news, some big personnel news and predictions thrown in.

Nashua, Parlex in Talks on Circuit Technology Development

(August 30, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Nashua Corp. announces that Peter J. Murphy has resigned from the company's Board of Directors, effective August 19, 2002.

Paxton Products Celebrates 45 Years of Engineering Experience

(August 30, 2002) Camarillo, Calif. -- Paxton Products Corp. is celebrating 45 years in business this September.

Siemens Dematic EAS Americas Appoints New President

(August 30, 2002) Norcross, Ga. -- Siemens Dematic Electronic Assembly Systems Inc. (EAS) has appointed Guenter Lauber as the new president of its Americas Division.

'Building an Efficient Soldering Process' for Profitability Kicks Off Vitronics Soltec's European Advanced Technology Tour

(August 29, 2002) Oosterhout, The Netherlands -- Vitronics Soltec is launching the 2nd European Advanced PCB Assembly Technology Tour, this year's theme "Building an Efficient Process."

ElectroniCast Forecasts SAN and RSAN Consumption Will Reach $1.32 Billion in 2006

(August 29, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast's Storage Area Network (SAN) Fiber Optic Interconnect study, global consumption of fiber optic components in SANs and remote storage area networks (RSAN), with transfer capability of 100 Gbps and higher, reached $142 million in 2001 (down from $181 million in 2000) and will expand at an average 53 percent per year reaching $1.32 billion by 2006.

US Defense Agency Extends Contract With EXFO Burleigh Products

(August 29, 2002) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has received notification that its contract has been extended with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

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

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

Tecnomatix Climbs Higher on MSI Magazine '2002 Top 200 Software Vendors' List

(August 28, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has been named one of the world's Top 100 Software Vendors by MSI Magazine.


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