Electronics Manufacturing in Emerging Markets Will See Five-Year Growth of $60 Billion by 2005, New Report Finds
(June 4, 2003) Washington and New York — A new study by the International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton found that electronics production activity in emerging markets will nearly double, from $65 billion in 2001 to $125 billion by 2005 — and will account for 43 percent of total worldwide manufacturing growth.
Asymtek and Industry Partners to Host 'Dispensing for Electronics Applications' Seminar
(June 3, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek, together with fluid suppliers Dow Corning, Humiseal, Henkel Loctite and Shin-Etsu, are holding an electronics applications dispensing seminar on June 25 and 26, in Westford, Mass.
Military/Aerospace Sector for Electronics Contract Manufacturing Offers Unique Hurdles, Timely Opportunities, Says TFI
(June 3, 2003) Alameda, Calif. — At the June 9 Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain event, Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) will release a study detailing special challenges experienced by military and aerospace electronics manufacturers, and how outsourcing manufacturing is presenting new advantages.
SMTA International to Feature 17 New Courses
(June 2, 2003) Minneapolis — SMTA is again co-locating its annual conference, SMTA International, with the Assembly Tech Expo (ATExpo) show this fall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., with the conference taking place September 21 through 25, and exhibits from September 23 through 25.
FEINFOCUS Partners with MySem
(May 30, 2003) Garbsen, Germany and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia — FEINFOCUS has formed a partnership with MySem (MIMOS Semiconductor), a division under MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia's premier research and development institution.
IPC Government Relations, Industry Score Another Victory
(May 30, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has hailed President Bush's signing of The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, which increases the first-year bonus depreciation deduction from 30 to 50 percent for investments acquired and placed in service after May 5, 2003, and before January 1, 2005.
Semtronics, Division of OK International, Sold to Desco Industries
(May 30, 2003) Chino and Menlo Park, Calif. — Desco Industries Inc. and OK International Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Corp., have finalized an agreement for the sale to Desco of all assets of Semtronics, OK International's ESD division.
Long-Term Prospects for Handset Components Strong, Says In-Stat
(May 29, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — The last 12 months has been a trying time for both handset component manufacturers and handset manufacturers alike, reports In-Stat/MDR.
Universal, Asymtek Form Technology Partnership in Suzhou
(May 28, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. and Carlsbad, Calif. — Universal Instruments and Asymtek have formed a partnership that will place an Asymtek Millennium 2020 dispenser in Universal's new Technology Excellence Center in Suzhou, China.
SMTA Announces Pan Pacific Call for Participation
(May 28, 2003) Minneapolis — The Ninth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium (February 10 through 12, 2004, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii) promotes international technical interchange and provides a premier forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals and business leaders throughout the Pacific Basin.
Component Orders Continue Flat Trend, Says ECA
(May 27, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Component orders remained flat in April, continuing a familiar trend over the last year, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).
ATS Reports Fourth Quarter Gain in Operating Profit
(May 23, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has reported increases in operating profitability, revenue and new automation order bookings for the three months ended March 31, 2003 as it continued to maximize the value of its industry leadership in challenging economic conditions.
Outokumpu Expands Alloy Offering for Connector Strip in Europe
(May 23, 2003) Buffalo, N.Y.; Zutphen, The Netherlands; and Venice — The Connectors Business line of Outokumpu Copper Products (OCP) is expanding its alloy offering through a licensing arrangement with ILNOR S.p.A. to produce the highest quality connector strip for the connector industry under the OCP label.
Enthone Expands ViaForm Sales and Support Services; Enters into Licensing and Joint Development Alliance with ATMI
(May 22, 2003) West Haven and Danbury, Conn. — Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics Co., will expand marketing and distribution of its ViaForm copper damascene electrochemical deposition processes through an exclusive licensing and joint-development agreement with ATMI Inc.
UWB Set to Make Commercial Debut, Says In-Stat
(May 22, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — With the absence of a currently available and standardized wireless technology that offers robust multimedia transport of multiple digital streams, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) promises to be the technology that delivers the bandwidth and QoS that many consumer electronics companies have been looking for, says In-Stat/MDR.
Sanmina-SCI'S Wilmington PCB Plant Achieves Military Qualification
(May 22, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Sanmina-SCI Corp.'s PCB plant in Wilmington, Mass. has completed certification and qualification assessment by the DSCC (Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio).
ISB Industrias Sola Basic Selects Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions as Key Component of Enterprise-wide Manufacturing Optimization Initiative
(May 22, 2003) Nashua, N.H. and Mexico — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that ISB Industrias Sola Basic SA de CV has purchased multiple licenses of eMPower for Electronics software from Tecnomatix Unicam Inc. for use in its key manufacturing plants across Mexico.
SMTA International Includes Free Workshops on Reflow Soldering Profiles and Flex Circuits and Packaging
(May 20, 2003) Minneapolis — For industry professionals involved in either reflow soldering using convection ovens, or implementing flex circuits and flex-based packages, two half-day workshops on Thursday during SMTA International (September 21 through 25 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) will be of special interest.
Victory for U.S. PCB Industry Officially Decreed
(May 19, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that its triumph over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) effluent guidelines became official on May 13, 2003,
ITT Industries, Cannon Hosts 17th Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association
(May 19, 2003) Las Vegas — ITT Industries, Cannon has hosted its 17th annual charitable golf tournament on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), making this one of the largest and longest running links events in the world on behalf of the charity.
Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics Sign Manufacturing Services Agreement
(May 16, 2003) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. — Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics have formed a multi-year, multi-million dollar manufacturing services agreement for Xanoptix's XTM Series of optical transceiver products.
IPC Updates Two Test Documents
(May 15, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of two newly revised standards on solderability, IPC/EIA/JEDEC J-STD-002B, Solderability Tests for Component Leads, Terminations, Lugs, Terminals and Wires, and IPC/EIA J-STD-003A, Solderability Tests for Printed Boards.
NEMI's Test Strategy Project Releases Cost Model that Allows PCA Manufacturers to Compare Costs of Alternate Test Strategies
(May 15, 2003) Herndon, Va. — The Test Strategy Project of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has released a manufacturing test strategy cost model designed to help printed circuit assembly (PCA) manufacturers determine the financial impact of selecting a particular test strategy.
Parlex Reports Third Quarter Results
(May 15, 2003) Methuen, Mass — Parlex Corp. reported revenues of $19.4 million in the quarter ended March 30, 2003 versus $21.3 million for the same period in the previous fiscal year, a 9 percent decrease.
IPC Continues Strong Support of North American Electronics Industry
(May 14, 2003) Northbrook, Ill — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that nearly 300 companies have already contracted space at the co-located IPC Printed Circuits Expo and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX exhibition and conference, taking place February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Texas Prototypes, 3SAE Technologies Partner
(May 14, 2003) Richardson, Texas and Nashville, Tenn. — Texas Prototypes Inc. (TXP) is partnering with 3SAE Technologies Inc. (3SAE) to supply advanced optical manufacturing equipment for its new photonics lab located in Richardson, Texas.
SMTA Announces SMTA International Conference Special Events
(May 13, 2003) Minneapolis — Featuring SMT, flip chip, MEMS, chip scale, BGA, automotive, lead-free, process control and more, SMTA International
(September 21 through 25, Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) is dedicated to surface mount, advanced packaging and related technologies.
Applied Materials Dielectric Systems and Modules Win Supplier Excellence Award from Texas Instruments
(May 12, 2003) Santa Clara, Calif. — Applied Materials Inc. dielectric systems and modules received the prestigious Supplier Excellence Award from Texas Instruments (TI), an honor that is given annually to less than 1 percent of TI's suppliers.
Global Market for Industrial Gases to Reach $52 Billion by 2008, Says BCC Research
(May 12, 2003) Nowalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RC-237 World Industrial Gas Business, the global market for industrial gases is currently estimated at $36 billion. The market is expected to reach nearly $52 billion by 2008, thereby growing at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 7.5 percent through the forecast period.
Applications for Ultrasonic Technology Continue to Emerge, Says BCC Research
(May 9, 2003) Nowalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., the ultrasonics market currently stands at $3.6 billion. This market is projected to grow at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 8.5 percent to reach $5.35 billion by 2008.
ISSYS Awarded New Fabrication Patents for Micro-Tubes
(May 9, 2003) Ypsilanti, Mich. — Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS) announces that the U.S Patent Office has granted a new design and fabrication patent entitled "Micromachined Fluidic Apparatus" (US Patent No. 6,477,901), which covers the manufacturing of stationary and free-standing micro-tubes as small as one-tenth of the thickness of a human hair.
NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo Postponed Indefinitely
(May 8, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. — NEPCON West, Assembly West 2003 and Fiberoptic Automation Expo, scheduled for October 28 through 29, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, in San Jose, Calif., have been postponed indefinitely.
Router Solutions and PCB CAM Solutions Form New Marketing and Support Partnership
(May 8, 2003) Newport Beach, Calif. and Winborne, Dorset, England — Router Solutions Inc. (RSI) and PCB CAM Solutions Ltd. (PCS) have formed a new partnership agreement.
Independent IP Providers to Reap Benefits as They Revolutionize the Semiconductor Industry, Says In-Stat/MDR
(May 7, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — The need for independent Intellectual Property (IP) providers is more important today than ever before, according to In-Stat/MDR.
Newport Receives Patent Award for Load Port Latch Key Design on Automatic Door Opener
(May 7, 2003) Irvine, Calif. — Newport Corp. has been awarded U.S. patent no. 6,501,070 B1 for its 300 mm Front-Opening Unified Pod (FOUP) Load Port Latch Key design.
AOS Thermal Compounds Receives Thermal Grease Patent
(May 6, 2003) Eatontown, N.J. — AOS Thermal Compounds LLC was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,475,962 on November 5, 2002.
FeinFocus, Palomar Technologies Collaborate to Advance Process Development, Prototyping Services
(May 6, 2003) Garbsen, Germany and Vista, Calif. — FeinFocus USA and Palomar Technologies have teamed up to address the manufacturing challenges of the optoelectronics, MEMS/MOEMS and RF components markets.
Manufacturing, Healthcare Dominate Bluetooth Vertical Markets, Says In-Stat/MDR
(May 5, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — Vertical markets such as healthcare, government, services, transportation/communications/utilities, manufacturing and mining, and retail will offer a myriad of opportunities for the deployment of Bluetooth, according to In-Stat/MDR.
AVX Corp. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
(May 2, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $261.2 million in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2003 and $11 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003.
ITT Industries, Cannon Names Bruce Mendoza Director of Human Resources for Key Connector Sites
(May 2, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. — ITT Industries, Cannon has appointed Bruce R. Mendoza as director of human resources for its connector operations here and in Nogales, Mexico.
IPC PCQR2 Test Laboratory Established in Hong Kong
(May 1, 2003) Albuquerque and Northbrook, Ill. -- Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.) and IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries have created the first test laboratory outside of the U.S. equipped to test the IPC Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) test panels.
Speakers from Europe, The Americas and Japan at International Conference on Lead-free Electronics
(May 1, 2003) Brussels, Belgium -- An International Conference on Lead-free Electronics, jointly sponsored by IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and SOLDERTEC, will be held at the Conrad Hotel here from June 10 through 12, 2003.
ITT Industries, Cannon Licenses Stratos Lightwave as Value-added Reseller of Optical Connectivity Solutions
(May 1, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. -- ITT Industries, Cannon has appointed Stratos Lightwave Inc. as a value-added reseller of its PHD multi-channel optical interconnects system.
Jenny Popp Is Promoted to Senior Associate Editor of Both Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Magazines
(April 29, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Jenny Popp, a senior editorial staff member of SMT Magazine, has been promoted to Senior Associate Editor of Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) magazines.
Guide for U.S. High-Tech Companies Describes Far-Reaching Strategic Impact of European Environmental Laws
(April 29, 2003) Washington, D.C. -- A new guide published today reveals that the U.S. high-tech industry has less than two years to comply with two environmental laws that were adopted by the European Union (EU) Council of Ministers on February 13, 2003.
Advanced Ceramic and Nanoceramic Powders to Grow Over Next Four Years, Says BCC Research
(April 29, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc. (BCC), RGB-102U Advanced Ceramic Powders and Nano Ceramic Powders, the total U.S. market for advanced ceramic powders in 2002, including nano-sized powders, is estimated to be 918 million pounds worth $1.6 billion.
Newport to Present on Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Flip Chip Devices at Electro 2003
(April 29, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Daniel F. Crowley, director of sales at Newport/MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, will present a technical paper entitled "Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Flip Chip Devices" at the technical conference of Electro 2003, at the Bayside Exposition Center, Boston, Mass., June 10 through 11, 2003.
Park Electrochemical Realigns North American FR-4 Business Operations
(April 28, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. has realigned its North American FR-4 business operations located in Newburgh, N.Y. and Fullerton, Calif. and the establishment of a new business unit called "Nelco/North America."
IPC's Spring TMRC Conference: The Must See (or Not See) Event of 2003
(April 25, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released the agenda for the 2003 Spring Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place Tuesday, May 6.
Ken Cavallaro Launches Riverview Partners
(April 25, 2003) West Newbury, Mass. -- Ken Cavallaro, former president of Camelot Systems Inc, has launched Riverview Partners Inc., a strategic business development consulting company.
U.S. Demand for EMI/RFI Shielding Options to Exceed $600 Million by 2008, Says BCC Research
(April 24, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co Inc., RGB-066Y EMI: Materials and Technologies, the U.S. demand for EMI/RFI shielding options was estimated at $523 million in 2002 and is expected to approach $630 million by 2008.
Andreas Moebius, Ph.D. Appointed Enthone R&D Fellow
(April 24, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- Professor Andreas Moebius, Ph.D. has been appointed R&D fellow by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
Senko Announces Wiring Systems Distribution Agreement with Sumitomo
(April 24, 2003) Erlanger, Ky. -- Effective February 1, 2003, SENKO America Corp. became the first non-exclusive North American distributor of the Sumitomo Wiring System (SWS) line of connector products.
Tastitalia to Promote Switch Solutions Using Duraswitch Technologies at Fortronic
(April 23, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee Tastitalia S.p.A. plans its next promotion of Duraswitch's state of the art technologies at Fortronic-Electronics Forum 2003, held May 7 through 9 in Padova, Italy (Pavilion 5, booth #C18/C19).
John Yim Appointed to Vice President Sales, Asia by Enthone
(April 23, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- John Yim has been appointed vice president sales, Asia by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
IPC Honors Best Papers at APEX 2003
(April 23, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries recognized the winners of this year's Best U.S. and International Papers at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 29 through April 2, in Anaheim, Calif.
U.S. Pressure Switch Market Stands the Test of Time, According to VDC
(April 23, 2003) Natick, Mass. -- Despite growing competition from pressure transducers and transmitters, pressure switches will continue to find use in a variety of applications.
MEMS Continues Its Advance into Optical Networking
(April 22, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Despite the continued downturn in expenditures for telecom components, 2002 was surprisingly strong for suppliers of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems)-based solutions to the optical networking market, reports In-Stat/MDR.
IPC Honors Best Paper at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003
(April 22, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries recognized the winner of this year's Best Paper in Conference award, as well as 32 individuals for their contribution to IPC and the electronics industry, at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, held March 23 through 27, in Long Beach, Calif.
SMTA Offers Sneak Preview of SMTA International
(April 22, 2003) Minneapolis -- SMTA is again co-locating its annual conference, SMTA International, with the Assembly Tech Expo (ATExpo) show this fall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
Sanmina-SCI Facility to Implement Datasweep Performance Management Solutions to Collaborate with OEM Customers
(April 21, 2003) Montreal and San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp.'s Montreal facility will implement Datasweep Inc,'s Advantage suite to enable collaboration with certain participating customers.
Shipley Announces Distribution Agreement with Unichem Industries
(April 21, 2003) San Clemente, Calif. and Marlboro, Mass. -- Unichem Industries Inc. will operate as the exclusive distributor for Shipley Co. LLC's North American processing equipment used in the manufacture of printed wiring boards (PWBs).
IPC Honors 66 Members at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003
(April 18, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries honored 66 individuals at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 29 through April 2, in Anaheim, Calif., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics industry.
LASER World of Photonics Focuses on Research and Applications
(April 18, 2003) Munich, Germany -- Photonics research, trends, financing and applications will be the focus of industry events held in conjunction with LASER. World of Photonics, the world's largest trade show for optical technology.
IPC Seeking Volunteers for 2003 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference
(April 17, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces a call for participation in its 2003 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, taking place September 28 through October 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
AeA Teams up with B2Gsource and Federal Sources to Connect Members to Government Business Opportunies
(April 16, 2003) Washington, D.C. -- Recognizing a much-needed revenue source, AeA is teaming up with two companies -- B2Gsource Inc and Federal Sources Inc (FSI) --- to connect its members with government business opportunities.
Advanced Interconnect Technologies Consolidates, Expands Assembly and Test Operations in Indonesia
(April 15, 2003) Pleasanton, Calif. -- Advanced Interconnect Technologies (AIT) will consolidate and expand its assembly and test operations in its factory in Batam, Indonesia.
Matheson Tri-Gas, Matheson Gas Products Korea Announce Completion of High Purity Ammonia Facility
(April 15, 2003) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.and its subsidiary in Korea, Matheson Gas Products Korea have completed a new high purity ammonia facility located in Chonan, Korea.
Global Robotics to Nearly Double to $16 Billion Industry by 2007, Says BCC Research
(April 14, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RG-270 Robots/Automation Devices, the current global robotics market, which is composed of both whole robots and robot parts, is estimated at more than $8 billion. It is estimated to reach $16 billion by 2007 as it grows at an average annual growth rate of 14.7 percent through the forecast period.
Brady and ZESTRON Update Compatibility Testing
(April 14, 2003) Ashburn, Va. -- After many years of successful collaboration, Brady Corp., a world leader in identification solutions and ZESTRON have successfully completed an extensive update of their compatibility testing.
IPC Releases Attendance Numbers for APEX 2003
(April 11, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries reports that 3,600 attendees gathered in Anaheim, Calif., for IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 31 through April 2.
Norplex Acquires the Micarta Product Group in Hampton, S.C.
(April 11, 2003) Postville, Iowa -- The Industrial Laminates/Norplex Inc. (ILN), Division of Industrial Dielectrics Inc., acquired the assets of Nevamar's industrial laminates production, located in Hampton, S.C.
IPC Releases Attendance Numbers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003
(April 10, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries reports that more than 3,000 visitors gathered in Long Beach, Calif., for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, held March 23 through 27.
ITT Industries, Cannon Promotes Olivier Duperray to Chief Operating Officer
(April 10, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. -- ITT Industries Inc. has promoted Olivier Duperray to senior vice president & chief operating officer -- worldwide for its Electronic Components (Cannon) segment, which includes its connector and switch businesses.
V.J. ElectroniX Buys Teradyne's Manual X-Ray and Rework Systems Business Units
(April 10, 2003) Bohemia, N.Y. -- V.J. ElectroniX, a division of V.J. Technologies Inc., has acquired Teradyne's manual X-ray inspection systems business, part of the former NIS business, and the SRT rework systems business.
Palomar Forms The One Alliance
(April 9, 2003) Vista, Calif. -- Palomar Technologies has established The One Allaince with its alliance companies, Axys Technologies, Creative Automation and ILX Lightwave, to become the first in photonic assembly to integrate multiple machines and processes in a complete assembly line.
Viscom Appoints Salewski to Support Expansion in US Market
(April 9, 2003) Norcross, Ga. -- As part of its 2003 initiative to expand in the U.S. market, Viscom AG has appointed Carsten Salewski to support the Hanover, Germany-based company's branch offices, including the company's U.S. headquarters, and to fortify the company's presence in the U.S.
2002 NEMI Roadmap Points to Areas of Opportunity for Industry
(April 8, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- Although the downturn in the electronics industry has delayed deployment of many technologies, there are still areas that promise potential growth, according to the 2002 roadmap of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI).
UDC Lead Scientist Elected to National Academy of Engineering
(April 7, 2003) Ewing, N.J. -- Stephen R. Forrest, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University and the lead scientist from Princeton University in its partnership with Universal Display Corp. (UDC) was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
2003 IRPS Kicks Off 41st Annual Event
(April 7, 2003) Dallas -- The 41st Annual IEEE 2003 International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) opened Sunday, March 30, at the Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas, to robust attendance and a record number of papers and presentations, more than 140 in total.
SMTA Recognizes Pan Pacific Symposium Speaker
(April 4, 2003) Minneapolis -- To reward exceptional achievement recently at the SMTA Pan Pacific Symposium (February 18 through 20 at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii), Dave Gagnon, 3M Co., was named winner of the Best of Conference Award.
Elcoteq Sponsors Technology Forecasters' Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain
(April 4, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) announces that Elecoteq Network Corp. is a corporate sponsor of the September 20, 2003, Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain program.
Richardson Electronics Announces Representation Agreement with iTerra Communciations
(April 2, 2003) LaFox, Ill. and Fremont, Calif. -- Richardson Electronics has signed a distribution agreement with iTerra Communications, LLC.
Elcoteq Announces the Decisions of Its Annual Meeting
(April 1, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp.'s Annual General Meeting took place in Helsinki, Finland, on March 26, 2003.
FKI Logistex Alvey Systems Appoints New Joint Marketing Manager for FKI Logistek Alvey and White Systems
(April 1, 2003) St. Louis -- Alvey Systems, an FKI Logistex member company has appointed Kevin Kozuszek as manager of marketing communications for FKI Logistex Alvey Systems and White Systems, key members of the FKI Logistex Manufacturers Team.
HID Creates New Technical Training Position to Support iCLASS Contactless Smart Card Technology
(April 1, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Bill Richardson has been hired as HID's technical training manager to educate customers about iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology, as well as all current and new HID products.
Asyst Technologies, Solectron Begin Volume Production of Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment in Singapore
(March 31, 2003) Singapore -- Asyst Technologies Inc. and Solectron Corp. have unveiled a new, state-of-the-art clean room that represents the largest commitment ever to the production of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in Singapore.
Datcom Institutes Job Cuts, Streamlining in Radfeld and Singapore
(March 31, 2003) Radfeld, Austria -- In the coming weeks, Datacon Technology AG will implement measures that will lead to a tighter and more efficient organization and reduced costs.
YESTech Launches at APEX 2003 with Advanced X-Ray and AOI Inspection Systems
(March 31, 2003) Anaheim, Calif. -- YESTech has made its official launch with the introduction of two advanced new products at APEX 2003, North America's largest exhibition and conference on electronics manufacturing and testing.
IMS Rated 100 Percent/A+ by Interpoint
(March 28, 2003) Portsmouth, R.I. -- International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has been rated 100 percent or A+ by its customer Interpoint, a Crane Co. company, in a recent Vendor Performance Report.
Industry Pioneer Harold H. Powell Dies
(March 28, 2003) Philadelphia -- Harold H. Powell, founder and Chairman of the Board of Powell Electronics Inc., died Friday, March 21, in Miami, Fla.
ASAT Holdings Ltd to Present at Credit Suisse First Boston Asian Investment Conference
(March 27, 2003) Hong Kong and Fremont, Calif. -- ASAT Holdings Ltd. will present at the Credit Suisse First Boston Asian Investment Conference on Thursday, March 27 at 3:15 p.m. Hong Kong time (2:15 a.m. Eastern Time).
KEMET Names Graves President and Chief Executive Officer
(March 27, 2003) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. announces that Jeffrey Graves, Ph.D. has been named president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Asymtek Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award
(March 26, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek, a Nordson company, was named a recipient of Intel Corp.'s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success.
Supply Chain Requirements Now Include Environmental Hurdles, Says Technology Forecasters
(March 26, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Customers' supply-chain requirements include more than price, specification, and availability today, according to the study "Creating Business Value through Strategic Supply-Chain Partnerships" from Technology Forecasters Inc.
Construction Completed on Omron's Keihanna Technology Innovation Center
(March 26, 2003) Tokyo -- As part of its celebration marking 70 years since its establishment, construction of Omron's new Keihanna Technology Innovation Center in Kansai Science City (region in western Japan encompassing parts of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara) was completed on Monday.
EV Group Supports Waseda University on Nanotechnology Research
(March 25, 2003) Scharding, Austria -- EV Group (EVG) has shipped and installed a complete product line for nanoimprinting, hot embossing, spray coating and wafer alignment at Waseda University Japan.
Indigo Systems Awarded F-35 JSF Contract by Northrop Grumman to Deliver Infrared Sensors
(March 25, 2003) Goleta, Calif. -- Indigo Systems was awarded a major contract by Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems to deliver infrared (IR) Integrated Detective Assemblies (IDAs) for the 21st century F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) program.
NEMI Plans Optoelectronics 'Gap Analysis' Meeting, Discusses Findings of 2002 NEMI Roadmap at Upcoming Conferences
(March 25, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) will present findings from the optoelectronics chapter of its 2002 roadmap and discuss the consortium's optoelectronics initiatives at two industry venues this spring.
Solectron Improves Cash Flow, Reduces Expense in Meeting Second Quarter Guidance
(March 24, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has reported fiscal second-quarter sales of $2.8 billion, in line with the company's guidance for sales of $2.8 to $3 billion.
IPC Says Shows Must Go On
(March 24, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced that plans for its two upcoming exhibitions and conferences, IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003 and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, remain intact, despite the latest developments in the Middle East and around the world.
ATS Photowatt Subsidiary Wins Major Order for Solar Modules
(March 20, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.'s Photowatt subsidiary has been awarded a major contract for the supply of photovoltaic solar modules over the next 12 months with an estimated value of $31.1 million.
ATS Receives Automation Orders From Two Repeat Automotive Customers Totaling $9 Million
(March 19, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has been awarded two separate contracts valued at $9 million for the design, manufacture and supply of automated manufacturing systems from two major multinational tier one automotive customers.
Amy Tsang Promoted to Director of Marketing -- Performance Coatings, Asia by Enthone
(March 19, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- Amy Tsang has been promoted to director of marketing -- Performance Coatings, Asia by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
IPC, HKPCA to Co-Create International Exhibition for PCB and Assembly Industries
(March 19, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA) will co-produce the International Printed Circuit and Electronics Assembly Fair on September 17 through 19, 2003, at the Guangzhou International Convention Center in Guangzhou, China.
Universal Instruments Opens Facility in Shekou
(March 18, 2003) Shekou, Guangdong Province, China -- Universal Instruments Corp. (UIC) has opened its US $5 million manufacturing facility here, previously announced on February 4.
Teradyne Wins Competitive Microcontroller Design-In at Haier
(March 17, 2003) Shanghai -- The Haier IC Co. of Shanghai, a division of the Haier Group, selected Teradyne Inc. to assist in the design verification of a microcontroller for use in numerous home appliances such as refrigerators, washers, air-conditioning units and dishwashers.
Improved Production Yields, Cost Boost Electronic Assemblers' Demand for Inspection Equipment, Says Frost & Sullivan
(March 17, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Inspection Equipment Market, reveals that the industry generated revenues totaling $403 million in 2002. Total market revenues could reach $1.1 billion in 2009.
U.S. Spectroscopy Market to Reach $4.3 Billion by 2007, Says BCC Research
(March 14, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-168R Spectroscopy: An Enduring Market, the U.S. spectroscopy market in 2002 was $2.8 billion. It is expected to rise at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 9.1 percent and reach $4.3 billion by 2007.
Tastitalia to Promote Duraswitch Technologies at INTERTRONIC
(March 14, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee of the year for Europe in 2002, Tastitalia S.p.A., plans for a major promotion of Duraswitch's state of the art technologies at INTERTRONIC 2003, held March 25 through 28 (Hall 7-2 of Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles).
NEPCON East/Electro to Feature Five Free Educational Sessions
(March 13, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- NEPCON East/Electro 2003, the Northeast's leading source for electronics manufacturing solutions, will provide OEMs and CMs direct access to innovative solutions for every stage of the manufacturing process -- from design, packaging and components to assembly and test.
IMS Appoints Chalman Technologies Rep for U.S. Southwest
(March 12, 2003) Portsmouth, R.I. and Anaheim, Calif. -- International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has appointed Chalman Technologies Inc. as their sales engineering representatives in the Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico territories.
SMTA Releases New Industry-Wide Testability Guidelines
(March 11, 2003) Minneapolis -- Led by SMTA Testability Committee chair Louis Ungar, A.T.E. Solutions, the SMTA Testability Guidelines TP-101C were developed to present information to comprehensively test and accurately diagnose the complex circuitry produced in modern electronics manufacturing.
Assembly East Moves to Boston to Join NEPCON East/Electro
(March 11, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly East, the leading Northeast trade event dedicated exclusively to final product assembly, is moving north.
JNJ's Service Manager Temporarily Finds New Role in Operating Enduring Freedom
(March 11, 2003) Franklin, Mass. -- JNJ Industries' Service Manager Tim McFadden has joined the War on Terror as part of the U.S. Army's Special Forces, serving in Afghanistan and neighboring theaters of conflict as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
New EMS, Lightspeed Manufacturing, Opens for Business
(March 10, 2003) Methuen, Mass. -- Electronics manufacturing industry veteran and BGA specialist Rich Breault, whose previous enterprise NETCO Automation was known for its expertise in BGA services and prototype development, has founded a new EMS company, Lightspeed Manufacturing Inc.
Teradyne Demonstrates Test Solutions for Emerging Technologies at SEMICON China
(March 10, 2003) Shanghai -- Teradyne Inc. will participate in the semiconductor industry tradeshow SEMICON China (Booth 2455) in Shanghai March 12-14, demonstrating test solutions for Wireless, BBAC, PC Audio and a DVD device "made in China" on two industry leading test systems.
Global Rare Earth Market Forecast to Reach Nearly $2 Billion By 2007, Says BCC Research
(March 7, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-118U Rare Earths: Worldwide Markets, Applications, Technology, the global rare earth market was estimated at 78,205 metric tons in 2002, valued at $1.6 billion.
Elcoteq Issues Invitation to Annual General Meeting
(March 6, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp. shareholders are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2003.
JPSA Laser Announces Growth, Expansion
(March 5, 2003) Hollis, N.H. -- JPSA Laser announces plans for the company's growth-driven expansion, the result of increasing demands for its products and contract services.
IPC, SOLDERTEC Conference to Address Hot Lead Free Topics
(March 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced plans to join SOLDERTEC, a division of Tin Technology, to sponsor the International Conference on Lead-Free Electronics on June 10 through 13, 2003, in Brussels, Belgium.
Yun Zhang, Ph.D. Appointed Research Director, Enthone
(March 3, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- Yun Zhang, Ph.D. has been appointed research director by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
IPC Develops Virtual and Actual 2003 Spring TMRC Conference
(March 3, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has developed two ways to participate in the 2003 Spring Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place on Tuesday, May 6.
ZESTRON Global Headquarters Relocates to the U.S.
(February 28, 2003) Ashburn, Va. -- The headquarters of all ZESTRON Corp.'s operations, including its European and southeast Asian operations, have been relocated to Ashburn, Va.
Roadmap Provided to Address Supply and Demand Chain Management Challenges
(February 27, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Investments by electronics manufacturing companies of millions of dollars in software products to manage and automate supply and demand quantification (within and among partners required to design, make, sell, deliver and support products) have not prevented margins of error from 50 to 100 percent, which have created rifts between suppliers and customers, cost business partners millions of dollars, and delayed product launches.
Phoenix International, MSL Embrace IPC EMS Program Manager Certification Program
(February 26, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- Two electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies have expressed their support for IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries' EMS Program Manager Certification Program, which trains all levels of program managers within the EMS industry in operations, project management, finance, contract management and leadership skills.
Agile Systems' Latest Series of Distributed Motion Products Meant 80 Percent Increase in Sales
(February 25, 2003) Waterloo, Canada -- With the introduction of the Max 3000 series, a range of compact distributed motion controllers and multiple axis amplifiers leading the way, Agile Systems Inc. was able to post an 80 percent increase in 2002 product shipments over the previous 12 months.
Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials Announces Price Increase Effective March 3
(February 24, 2003) Jersey City, N.J. -- Effective March 3, 2003, Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials will increase prices for its products by an average of 3 percent.
EPA Signs Final MP&M Rule, Signifies Key Victory for U.S. PCB Industry
(February 24, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently signed a final rule on Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) effluent limit guidelines.
Fujitsu, NEC and Toshiba Agree on Common Specifications for Burst Mode Pseudo SRAM User Interface
(February 21, 2003) Tokyo -- Fujitsu Ltd., NEC Electronics Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have reached an agreement on common specifications for Pseudo Static Random Access Memory (PSRAM*1) devices that feature burst mode function enabling fast access operation.
Free Offerings In Abundance at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003
(February 20, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has planned several complimentary events at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, which takes place March 23 through 27 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
Newport's Randy Heyler Appointed PMAC Steering Committee Chair
(February 20, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Randy Heyler, vice president of business development, Newport Corp., has been appointed 2003 Steering Committee chairman for the Photonics Manufacturing Association Council (PMAC).
Raytheon Keynote to Share Design for Six Sigma Successes
(February 19, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- Gregory S. Shelton, vice president of engineering and technology of the Raytheon Co., will present his insights into Design for Six Sigma with attendees at noon on Tuesday, June 10 at NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East 2003.
FlexLink to Host Forum at APEX 2003
(February 18, 2003) Bethlehem, Pa. -- FlexLink Systems Inc. will host a Forum in the technical symposium and conference at the APEX 2003 Exhibition and Conference, in Anaheim, Calif., on Wednesday, April 2, 2003, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Solectron Replaces Expiring 364-Day Credit Facility
(February 18, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has executed a secured 364-day, $200 million credit facility to replace its existing 364-day, $250 million facility that expired on February 13.