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ZESTRON Announces Screening Capabilities

(June 4, 2003) Ashburn, Va. — New solder pastes, fluxes and adhesives from all major manufacturers have been regularly screened over the last 10 years in ZESTRON technical centers to determine removability characteristics with ZESTRON's core product range.

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.

Elcoteq Lowers Growth Forecast

(June 3, 2003) Helsinki, Finland — Elcoteq Network Corp. has lowered its full year 2003 net sales growth forecast from the previously announced level of 60 percent to 40 percent.

Rehm Appoints John Bashe as Sales Manager

(June 3, 2003) West Caldwell, N.J. — Rehm USA LLC has appointed John Bashe as sales manager, Americas.

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.

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

(June 2, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

GPD Global Forms Alliance With Partech

(June 2, 2003) Grand Junction, Colo. and Seoul, Korea — GPD Global has formed an alliance with Partech Corp.

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.

S.P. Precision Adds Online Tooling Ordering to Web Site

(June 2, 2003) Hillsboro, Ore. — S.P. Precision International Ltd. has updated and redesigned its Web site and now offers its customers the convenience of requesting quotes for custom tooling via its new online RFQ system.

Ansoft Announces Fourth Quarter Results

(May 30, 2003) Pittsburgh — Ansoft Corp. has announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2003.

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.

Arrow Electronics Continues to Improve Operating Efficiencies

(May 29, 2003) Melville, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics Inc. is continuing to take action to increase its operational and organizational efficiencies.

AVX To Convert Multilayer Varistors To Lead-free Finish

(May 29, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — In response to customer requests for lead-free products, AVX Corp. is converting its multilayer varistors to a lead-free plated finish.

FeinFocus Appoints Christopher Lastition Regional Sales Manager for Western U.S. and Canada

(May 29, 2003) Garbsen, Germany — FEINFOCUS has appointed Christopher Lastition as regional sales manager for the western U.S. and Canada.

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.

Collaborative Research Agreements in Asia to Support Growth in Tin Consumption

(May 28, 2003) UK — Tin Technology has signed two "Memorandums of Understanding" (MoUs) with organizations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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.

IPC Releases New Tools for Industry

(May 28, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the recent release of three diverse industry products.

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).

Teledyne Technologies Wins Contract from Smiths Aerospace

(May 27, 2003) Los Angeles and UK — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has received an $800,000 contract from Smiths Aerospace for multichip power modules to be used in the battery charger control unit of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

Mentor Graphics Appoints New Director

(May 27, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. has appointed Patrick McManus to its Board of Directors.

Michael Bradley Named Teradyne President

(May 27, 2003) Boston — Teradyne Inc. has appointed Michael A. Bradley as president.

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.

World's Largest Tin Producers Rejoins ITRI

(May 23, 2003) Hertfordshire, UK — PT Timah Tbk is rejoining ITRI Ltd (formerly the International Tin Research Institute).

Mentor Graphics, Philips Partner on USB Technology

(May 23, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics have formed a technology collaboration to help their mutual customers implement Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) in embedded applications.

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.

Physik Instrumente (PI) Acquires Piezo Electronics Specialist GSG

(May 21, 2003) Germany — In April 2003, Nano-Positioning Specialist PI acquired GSG Electronics GmbH.

Camtek Ltd. Announces 2003 First Quarter Results

(May 21, 2003) Migdal Haemek, Israel — Camtek Ltd. has announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2003.

Tastitalia Wins Appliance Projects Using Duraswitch Technologies

(May 21, 2003) Phoenix and Italy — Duraswitch licensee Tastitalia announces multiple projects for two customers in the commercial foodservice industry.

DEK Highlights PumpPrint Adhesive Deposition in New Web Site Section

(May 20, 2003) Zurich, Switzerland — DEK has added a new section to its Web site that consolidates information on the benefits of using PumpPrint process technology for high-speed adhesive deposition.

Gail Flower Named Editor-in-Chief of Advanced Packaging Magazine

(May 20, 2003) Nashua, N.H. — Advanced Packaging magazine announces that Gail Flower (Stout) has been appointed editor-in-chief.

Redlake Launches New Web Site

(May 20, 2003) San Diego — Redlake has launched its redesigned Web site, featuring a new design and user-friendly navigation to locate high-speed motion cameras, high-resolution MegaPlus cameras and multi-spectral cameras for various digital imaging needs.

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.

Duraswitch Receives U.S. Patent for Magnetically Coupled Tact Switch Technology

(May 19, 2003) Phoenix — Duraswitch has received U.S. Patent No. 6,556,112 for its magnetically coupled tact switch actuator technology.

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.

Powell Electronics Joins Dialight's Franchised Distributor Network to Promote Dialight's Optoelectronics Line in North America

(May 19, 2003) Philadelphia and Farmingdale, N.J. — Powell Electronics Inc. has joined Dialight Corp.'s franchised distributor network for Dialight's full line of optoelectronics indicators.

Orbotech Announces First Quarter 2003 Results

(May 16, 2003) Yavne, Israel — Orbotech Ltd. announces its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2003.

SMTA International Symposium Focuses on Lead-free Technology

(May 16, 2003) Minneapolis — A special symposium on Thursday during SMTA International (September 21 through 25 at Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.) will be dedicated to examining the current progress of lead-free technology.

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.

Tyco Electronics Names Arrow Electronics 'Distributor of the Year'

(May 15, 2003) Melville, N.Y. and Harrisburg, Pa. — Arrow Electronics Inc. has been named Tyco Electronics' "Distributor of the Year" in North America.

Borisch Manufacturing Exceeds Sales Goal for 2002

(May 14, 2003) Grand Rapids, Mich. — Borisch Manufacturing Corp. (BMC) has exceeded its sales goal for 2002.

Eraser Achieves Registration to ISO 9001:2000

(May 14, 2003) Syracuse, N.Y. — The Eraser Co. has been certified to the ISO9001:2000 quality management system.

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.

New Cadence Executive to Enhance Service to North American Customers

(May 13, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems Inc. has appointed Leslie J. Rechan as senior vice president and general manager of Worldwide Field Operations for North America.

Elcoteq Personnel Reductions in Lohja Smaller Than Expected

(May 13, 2003) Helsinki, Finland — As a result of the personnel negotiations initiated in March, Elcoteq will cut 86 jobs in terminal products and communications network equipment production functions at the Lohja plants.

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.

ZESTRON Performs Testing With 10 Leading Stencil Manufacturers

(May 13, 2003) Ashburn, Va. — Stencils from the leading stencil manufacturers were recently tested for compatibility with ZESTRON and VIGON cleaning agents.

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.

DEK Appoints New Stencil Manager

(May 12, 2003) Weymouth, UK — DEK has appointed Daniel Tan as branch manager of its new Memphis stencil design and manufacturing facility, which recently opened.

Universal Adds Product Support Status Tool to Web Site

(May 12, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments Corp. has launched a new Product Support Status Tool on its Web site.

Matheson Tri-Gas Receives 2003 Supplier Excellence Award

(May 9, 2003) Parsippany, N.J. — Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. was selected as this year's award winner in the category of "Special Achievement" by Analog Devices Inc.

Technology Road Shows Prove Successful for Universal

(May 9, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments announces the success of its first Technology Road Show events held in the Americas.

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.

EMC Global Technologies Announces Strategic Appointments

(May 8, 2003) Doylestown, Pa. — EMC Global Technologies Inc. has appointed Christopher P. Perry as national sales manager.

GPD Global Expands Alliance with Dou Yee Enterprises To Include China

(May 8, 2003) Grand Junction, Colo. and Singapore — GPD Global and Dou Yee Enterprises have expanded their alliance in the Asia/Pacific region to include China.

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.

IPC Releases 2002/2003 Technology Roadmap, Provides Industry With Strategic Assistance for the Future

(May 7, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of The 2002/2003 National Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections.

Mitutoyo America Creates Integrated Measuring Solutions Group

(May 7, 2003) Aurora, Ill. — Mitutoyo America Corp. has established an Integrated Measuring Solutions Group.

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.

Süleyman Tasçilar Joins Cobar Europe as Applications Engineer

(May 6, 2003) Breda, Holland — Cobar Europe announces that Süleyman Tasçilar has joined Cobar Europe as an applications engineer.

Solectron Forms Partnership with Leading Cell Phone Provider in China

(May 6, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture with Guangzhou Soutec (Group) Technology Co. Ltd. (Soutec), a leading cell phone provider in China.

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.

Flextronics Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

(May 5, 2003) Singapore — Flextronics has announced results for the quarter and year ended March 31, 2003.

2003 IPC Designers Council Summit Sees Impressive Debut

(May 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its Designers Council report that the inaugural 2003 IPC Designers Council Summit successfully accomplished its goal of strengthening the design and manufacturing links of the printed circuit board (PCB) supply chain.

Degussa AG, LPKF Close License Negotiations

(May 5, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — A "know-how" transfer and license agreement has been established between Degussa AG and LPKF Laser & Electronics AG.

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

(May 2, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

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.

Vitronics Soltec Appoints Thermo-Tech Co. Ltd. Sales and Service Rep for Japan

(May 2, 2003) Ooosterhout, The Netherlands and Tokyo — Vitronics Soltec has appointed Thermo-Tech Co. Ltd. as its sales and service representative in Japan effective May 1, 2003.

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.

Technology Trends in Electronic Pressure Transducer and Transmitter Markets

(May 1, 2003) Natick, Mass. -- A three-volume market study by Venture Development Corp. evaluates and forecasts markets in the United States for various technologies used in electronics pressure sensing devices.

IPC, DPC Collaborate on Web Seminar

(April 30, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and the Die Products Consortium (DPC) will co-sponsor a free online conference on the current state of bare die packaging.

Enhanced Systems Test & Metrology Lab Ensures Higher Quality Products for Newport Customers

(April 30, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has opened its newly enhanced Systems Test & Metrology Lab.

Fiat Auto Selects Tecnomatix eMPower as Its Standard Tolerance Management Tool

(April 30, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that long-time customer Fiat Auto S.p.A. will implement eMPower products to maintain high levels of quality assurance and improve their process validation.

Technical Air Products Expands Operations at New Facility

(April 30, 2003) Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Technical Air Products has expanded operations at a new location to increase its manufacturing capability and better service its customers.

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.

A.P.E. Announces Completion of JSTD Certification

(April 28, 2003) Key Largo, Fla. -- A.P.E. South announces that all its field service engineers (FSEs) and regional sales managers have completed the Joint Industry Standard Instructor Course (IPC/EIA J-STD-001C).

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."

Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Magazines Announce Strategic Staff Changes

(April 28, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) magazines have announced the strategic appointments of Christine Della Monaca as Managing Editor of SMT magazine and Ryan Cliche as Managing Editor of Advanced Packaging magazine.

Epson, Tessera Sign New Licensing Agreement

(April 28, 2003) San Jose, Calif. and Japan -- Tessera Inc. has formed a new technology licensing agreement with Seiko Epson ("Epson").

Duraswitch Large-Key PushGate Used in New Treadmill Design

(April 25, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch's patented Large-Key PushGate technology has been designed into a treadmill control panel.

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.

Universal Instruments Launches Online Auction System

(April 24, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. has added three of its latest Vantis Multipurpose surface mount placement systems to its new online auction site, which launched April 23.

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.

HID Corp. Acquires Card and Reader Business from Dorado

(April 22, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- HID Corp., an ASSA ABLOY Group company, has acquired the card and reader business of Dorado Products Inc.

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.

Motorola Receives First Molecular Imprint Imprio 100 Lithography Tool

(April 21, 2003) Austin, Texas — Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII) announces that Motorola Labs will take delivery on the first Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FILTM) system, the Imprio 100.

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).

Honda Chooses Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions as Its Next Generation Service Diagnostics Provider

(April 21, 2003) Manchester, England -- Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has selected Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions to develop its next generation diagnostic solutions for Honda and Acura service dealerships worldwide.

Global Pricing Model Debunks Myths About Electronics Manufacturing Costs Around the World

(April 21, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- In May, Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) will release the first comprehensive study comparing electronics manufacturing pricing in dozens of countries around the world.

Amphenol Reports 2003 First Quarter Results

(April 18, 2003) Wallingford, Conn. -- Amphenol Corp. reported that first quarter 2003 diluted earnings per share increased 35 percent to 54 cents compared to 40 cents per share for the 2002 period.

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.

O'Neill, Simone Join Board of Directors of Newport Corp.

(April 18, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Michael T. O'Neill and Peter J. Simone have joined Newport Corp.'s Board of Directors.

Celestica Announces First Quarter Financial Results

(April 17, 2003) Toronto -- Celestica Inc. has announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2003.

National Quality Assurance Recommends EWI for ISO 9001:2000/AS9100A

(April 17, 2003) Orlando, Fla. and Acton, Mass. -- Electro World Inc. (EWI) has been recommended for ISO 9001:2000/AS9100A certification by National Quality Assurance USA.

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.

Photronics Prices $125 Million of Convertible Subordinated Notes

(April 17, 2003) Brookfield, Conn. -- Photronics Inc. announces the pricing of its offering of $125 million of 21/4 percent Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2008 to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933.

Cogiscan Names Benoit Ouellet as Software Engineering Manager

(April 16, 2003) Quebec -- Cogiscan has appointed Benoit Ouellet as software engineering manager for their complete line of material tracking and control systems.

Solectron to Pay Cash for Notes Due in 2020

(April 16, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. intends to use cash to meet any obligations to repurchase its zero-coupon senior convertible notes due in May 2020.

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.

Oki Achieves Zero Emissions in All Major Manufacturing Facilities in Japan

(April 16, 2003) Tokyo -- Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. announces its facility in Numazu for development and manufacturing of transportation systems and acoustic positioning systems achieved zero emissions in the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2003.

Indigo Systems Acquires Florida-based Engineering Group

(April 15, 2003) Goleta, Calif. -- Indigo Systems has acquired the Applied Technology Division of Florida's Control Systems Research Inc.

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.

Tecnomatix Listed Among Leading PLM Vendors by Noted Analyst Firm

(April 15, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has been included in Gartner's latest Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Magic Quadrant.

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.

Motorola Honors 12 Companies With Supplier Performance Awards

(April 14, 2003) Austin, Texas -- Twelve companies were recently honored by Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) with the company's prestigious Supplier Performance Excellence Awards.

Tyco Electronics Automation Group, Mirae Enter Distribution Agreement

(April 14, 2003) Harrisburg, Pa. and Korea -- Tyco Electronics Automation Group has entered into a distribution agreement with Mirae Corp.

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.

BizLink Technology Receives Sony Green Partner Authentication

(April 14, 2003) Fremont, Calif. -- BizLink Technology has received Green Partner Authentication from Sony Corp. for its main manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China.

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.

Universal Instruments Institutes Regional Sales Changes

(April 11, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments announces the retirement of Neil Murphy from the company after more than 27 years of service.

New SMTA Online Presentations a Success

(April 11, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has launched all-new online presentations featuring instructors who, for approximately 90 minutes each, speak on a timely and specific topic.

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.

PXI Systems Alliance Releases New PXI Specifications

(April 10, 2003) San Diego -- The PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA) has released new PXI specifications that enhances the requirements and separates the hardware and software specifications, allowing each to evolve separately in the future as required by PXI standards.

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.

Frost & Sullivan Honors Omron with AOI Equipment Market Engineering Leadership Award

(April 9, 2003) Schaumburg, Ill. -- Omron Corp. is the recipient of the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Leadership Award for the automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment market.

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.

Interbiotics Launches New Board Testing Capability for Merix

(April 9, 2003) Albuquerque -- Introbotics Corp. announces a new capability to test 100 percent of bare printed wiring boards for controlled impedance for Merix Corp.

Celestica Selects Agilent's New Automated X-Ray Test System

(April 8, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Celestica has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 5DX Series 5000XL automated X-ray test system to create a complete test solution for complex printed circuit assemblies (PCAs).

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).

BAE Systems Orders X-Tek Hawk X-Ray Inspection System

(April 8, 2003) Tyngsboro, Mass. -- BAE Systems Controls had ordered one of X-Tek's latest generation Hawk 160 X-ray inspection systems.

JDS Uniphase Selects National Instruments LabVIEW for Its Fiber Optic Instrumentation Platform

(April 8, 2003) Austin, Texas -- National Instruments' LabVIEW graphical development software has been selected by JDS Uniphase Corp. as the preferred environment for use with the JDS Uniphase multiple application platform (MAP) fiberoptic test product line.

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.

Valor Announces ISO 9001 Certification for Its Dedicated VPL, Appoints Divisional Head

(April 7, 2003) California -- Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. has initiated divisional spin-off for its Valor Parts Library (VPL) and appointed Ovadia Ovadia to head the new VPL Division.

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.

New 3M Division Focuses Multiple Resources on Solutions for the Worldwide Electronics Market

(April 7, 2003) St. Paul, Minn. -- 3M has formed the Electronics Markets Materials Division to help engineers worldwide put 3M solutions to work.

Nepcon Shanghai/EMT China 2003 to Proceed as Planned

(April 4, 2003) Shanghai -- Nepcon Shanghai/EMT China will proceed as planned, from April 8 through 11, 2003, at Shanghai Everbright.

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.

EXFO Awarded By Frost & Sullivan for Market Penetration

(April 3, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Frost & Sullivan has announced EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. as recipient of the 2003 Market Penetration Award in the optical test equipment market.

Merix Reports Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2003

(April 3, 2003) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. has reported results for its third quarter ended March 1, 2003.

Photronics Focused on Returning to Profitability by July 2003

(April 3, 2003) Brookfield, Conn. -- Photronics Inc. announced its plans to further streamline its operating infrastructure in North America by ceasing the manufacture of photomasks at its Phoenix, Ariz. facility.

Park Electrochemical Closes Dielektra's Mass Lamination Operation

(April 2, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. announced that Dielektra GmbH is closing its mass lamination operation.

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.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. Purchases Multiple Teradyne Logic and Mixed-Signal Test Systems

(April 2, 2003) Shanghai -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) of Shanghai, China has purchased multiple logic and mixed-signal test systems for a range of applications at wafer test from Teradyne.

Northrop Grumman Receives Intel's Prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

(April 2, 2003) Des Plaines, Ill. -- Northrop Grumman Corp. has received Intel Corp.'s prestigious 2002 Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.

Dow Corning Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

(April 1, 2003) Auburn, Mich. -- Dow Corning Corp. 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.

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.

SMT China Magazine Launch a Huge Success

(March 31, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- PennWell Corp. announces that its premiere issue of SMT China is a huge success, closing with more than 15 participating advertisers in an 80-page folio dedicated to surface mount technology and electronics assembly in China.

EWI to Present Two Sessions at Assembly East Conference Program

(March 31, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- Edison Welding Institute (EWI) will again be a contributor of the Assembly East Conference by presenting two educational sessions.

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.

SMTA Technical Committee Dedicated to Strongest Technical Conference Yet

(March 28, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has formed the SMTA International Technical Committee for 2003.

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

(March 27, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

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).

EXFO Receives $1.6 Million Order from Tier 1 Network Service Provider

(March 27, 2003) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has received a US $1.6 million order from a prominent Tier 1 network service provider (NSP) for predominantly protocol-layer test equipment.

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.

Gearing Up for the Challenge Keeps DiagnoSYS Systems on the Move

(March 26, 2003) Kissimmee, Fla. -- Acquiring the board test and telecom division of a major competitor last fall marked the start of a number of changes for DiagnoSYS Systems.

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.

SMTA Opens China Office in Shenzhen

(March 25, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has opened an office in Shenzhen to meet the needs of industry professionals in Southern China.

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.

Teradyne Takes Leadership Role at DesignCon East in Boston in June

(March 24, 2003) Chicago -- Teradyne Inc.'s Connection Systems Division will sponsor the IEC's DesignCon East 2003, June 23 through 25 in Marlborough, Mass.

AIM Appoints Rubroeder: Factory Automation GmbH as Distributor for Germany

(March 24, 2003) Germany -- AIM has appointed Rubroeder: Factory Automation GmbH as distributor for AIM's complete line of solders and related assembly materials for Germany.

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.

SMTA, Auburn University Co-Sponsor Harsh Environments Workshop

(March 21, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA in cooperation with Auburn University CAVE is organizing a workshop on Harsh Environments and High-Temperature Electronics for June 24 through 25 in Dearborn, Mich.

Cimetrix Records Latest Success with 300 mm Tool Integration Time

(March 21, 2003) Salt Lake City -- Cimetrix Inc. announces that Cameca has selected Cimetrix's CIM300 and CIMConnect for use in its 300 mm shallow probe equipment.

IEC Sells Its Texas Facility

(March 21, 2003) Newark, N.Y. -- IEC Electronics Corp. has sold its former manufacturing facility in Edinburg, Texas for a purchase price of approximately $1 million to Olympian Holdings.

NEMI Schedules 'Gap Analysis' Meetings at APEX

(March 21, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has scheduled "gap analysis" meetings as a follow-up to the findings of its 2002 roadmap.

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.

Arbell Forms Distribution Agreement with EXCELTA

(March 20, 2003) Burlington, Canada -- Arbell International Corp. has been appointed as a fully authorized national stocking distributor for Excelta.

NanoVia to Help Develop Calif. Legislation on Ballstic ID TAG

(March 20, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. -- NanoVia LP has agreed to assist the State of California in writing its state ballistic identification legislation.

Richardson Electronics Announces Global Distribution Agreement With Celeritek

(March 20, 2003) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics has formed a global distribution agreement with Celeritek.

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.

Cimetrix Continues to Tally Up Competitive Wins With 'Most Flexible' 300 mm Semiconductor Automation Software

(March 19, 2003) Salt Lake City -- Cimetrix will continue to build upon its leadership position in the area of 300 mm automation software for the semiconductor industry.

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.

Supplier Locations Drive Regional Shipments in the RFID Transponder IC Market, Says Venture Development

(March 18, 2003) Natick, Mass. -- Recent research published by Venture Development Corp. (VDC) reveals the global market for RFID transponder ICs reached approximately $76 million in 2002.

Elcoteq Acquires NPI Services Company NPRC

(March 18, 2003) Helsinki, Finland and Dallas -- Elcoteq Network Corp. has acquired NPRC Inc.

GE Fanuc Acquires RAMiX

(March 18, 2003) Charlottesville, Va. and Ventura, Calif. -- GE Fanuc Automation North America Inc., an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems, has acquired RAMiX Inc.

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.

Universal Instruments Launches Road Show

(March 17, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments announces a series of road show events to take place across the Americas this year.

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.

Solectron Names David Everett Chief Sales and Account Manager

(March 17, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has appointed David Everett as executive vice president, worldwide sales and account management.

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).

SMTA Offers Certification Programs at MSL

(March 14, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has launched two certification programs, one for SMT Processes and one for SMT Systems, intended for engineers with at least one year of SMT experience and competence in engineering math.

Product Index Provides Search Engine for Trends in Electronics

(March 14, 2003) Muenchen, Germany -- The portal offers a comprehensive and up-to-date synopsis of the state of the art together with the latest developments and trends in products and applications -- all quickly available and easy to search via the "Product Index".

Ignis Optics Signs Volume Order for 10 Gb/S Pluggable Transceivers

(March 13, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Ignis Optics has signed its first high-volume customer order for 10 Gb/s XFP-compatible transceiver modules.

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.

Newport's APAS Facility Achieves ISO 9001 Registration

(March 13, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp.'s Chandler, Ariz. facility has achieved ISO 9001 registration.

Teradyne Opens Shanghai Facility

(March 13, 2003) Shanghai -- Teradyne Inc. has opened a new Shanghai office and manufacturing facility, expanding the company's operations in China.

Cencorp/PMJ Celebrates 25th Anniversary

(March 12, 2003) Longmont, Colo. -- Cencorp/PMJ is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a manufacturer of depaneling equipment for the electronics assembly and high density interconnect industries.

Avnet RF & Microwave's Wavelength Design Solutions Signs North American Distribution Agreement with Zcomax

(March 12, 2003) Phoenix -- Avnet Electronics Marketing announces that Avnet RF & Microwave's Wavelength Design Solutions (WDS) has signed an agreement with Zcomax Technologies Inc.

General Devices Adds Quality Engineer

(March 12, 2003) Indianapolis -- Jeffery E. Bass has joined General Devices Co. as quality engineer for the company's quality department.

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.

General Devices Adds Design Engineer

(March 11, 2003) Indianapolis -- Suzanne Stasiak has joined General Devices Co. as design engineer for the company's Vent Rak and Chassis Trak products.

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.

Steffen Koehler Joins Ignis Optics as VP of Marketing

(March 10, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Ignis Optics has hired Steffen Koehler as vice president of marketing.

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.

Nam Tai Electronics Inc. Files Registration Statement for Follow-On Offering

(March 10, 2003) Vancouver -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc. has filed a registration statement on Form F-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the proposed public offering of 3 million common shares, of which 2 million common shares are to be offered by the company and 1 million common shares are to be offered by selling shareholders.

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.

Asyst Technologies Makes First Customer Shipments from Solectron Facilities in Singapore

(March 7, 2003) Fremont, Calif. -- Asyst Technologies Inc. has completed its first customer shipments from Solectron Corp.'s facilities in Singapore.

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.

SBIR Moves to New Facilities

(March 7, 2003) Santa Barbara, Calif. -- Santa Barbara Infrared Inc. (SBIR) has relocated into a newly redesigned 25,000 sq ft. facility here.

Visiprise, EDS Form Global Alliance

(March 7, 2003) Alpharetta, Ga. -- Visiprise and EDS PLM Solutions have formed an agreement to engage in cooperative product development, sales and support.

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.

FeinFocus Grows 35 Percent in 2002

(March 6, 2003) Garbsen, Germany -- The company feinfocus experienced a 35 percent overall growth in 2002 over 2001, despite a downward trend in the industry.

Solectron to Manufacture Olympus Technologies' First Lead-free Product

(March 6, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. and Singapore -- Solectron Corp. has been selected to manufacture the first lead-free product for Olympus Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd. (OST).

Creation Technologies Purchases eMPower Execution Systems Products from Tecnomatix

(March 6, 2003) Nashua, N.H. and Canada -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Creation Technologies has purchased US $211,000 in licenses and support for eMPower Execution Systems from Tecnomatix Unicam.

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.

Nam Tai Appoints Guy Bindels as R&D Director

(March 5, 2003) Vancouver, British Columbia -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc. has appointed Guy Bindels as its research and development (R&D) director, effective immediately.

SMTA Expands Corporate Advisory Council

(March 5, 2003) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) announces that Alan Rae, Ph.D. vice president of technology for Cookson Electronics, has joined the association's Corporate Advisory Council.

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.

ASAT Holdings Appoints Stephen M. Shaw to Board of Directors

(March 4, 2003) Hong Kong and Fremont, Calif. -- ASAT Holdings Ltd. has appointed Stephen M. Shaw to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

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

(March 4, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

EV Group Celebrates Opening of New Joint Venture Company in Taiwan

(March 4, 2003) Germany -- EV Group (EVG) announces the official opening celebration at the new joint venture company EVG-Jointech Corp., in CHUNG-LI, Taiwan.

Dow Corning Completes Acquisition of Tyco Electronics Power Materials Unit

(March 4, 2003) Midland, Mich. -- Dow Corning Corp. has strengthened its position in the fabricated thermal interface materials market with the completion of its acquisition of the Raychem Power Materials Business Unit of Tyco Electronics.

AIM and the Torrey S. Crane Co. Sign CASTIN Lead-Free License Agreement

(March 3, 2003) Montreal and Connecticut -- AIM Inc. and The Torrey S. Crane Co. have signed a worldwide license agreement for AIM's patented lead-free alloy, trade-named CASTIN.

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.

Teradyne Connection Systems to Offer Deep Micro-Via Solutions

(March 3, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Teradyne Inc. Connection Systems Division (TCS) has announced capabilities to provide deep micro-via technology for customers of high performance printed circuits (HPC).

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.

Solectron, Intuitive Surgical Form Manufacturing Partnership

(February 28, 2003) Milpitas and Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. and Intuitive Surgical Inc. have signed a manufacturing agreement.

NetVendor Acquires Teradyne's Manufacturing Software Group, Creates New Company

(February 28, 2003) Alpharetta, Ga. -- NetVendor and Teradyne have completed the sale of Teradyne's Manufacturing Software Group (MSG) to NetVendor Inc.

Cogiscan Names Jean Lamontagne as Operations Manager

(February 28, 2003) Quebec -- Cogiscan has appointed Jean Lamontagne as operations manager for their complete line of material tracking and control systems.

August Technology Announces Revised Agreement to Acquire STI

(February 27, 2003) Minneapolis and Singapore -- August Technology Corp. has entered into a settlement and purchase agreement with ASTI Holdings Ltd. to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Semiconductor Technologies and Instruments Inc. (STI) of Plano, Texas.

NACOM Hosts Successful Deployment of Standards-Based Information Exchange Framework

(February 27, 2003) Atlanta -- NACOM Corp. has completed a trial implementation of a next generation information exchange framework for electronics manufacturing.

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.

Vitronics Soltec Delivers 1,000th Delta Series Wave Soldering System

(February 27, 2003) Ooosterhout, The Netherlands -- Vitronics Soltec has delivered its 1,000th Delta Series wave soldering system.

AeA National Board Endorses Comprehensive Economic Growth Plan

(February 26, 2003) Washington, D.C. -- The national board of AeA voted at its recent board meeting to fully endorse the president's initiative to spur the U.S. economy through a jobs and economic growth plan.

Duraswitch Executes License Agreement With Siemens

(February 26, 2003) Phoenix and Munich, Germany -- Duraswitch has executed a royalty-bearing license agreement with leading German OEM Siemens AG.

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.

Photon Dynamics Ships First ArrayChecker 3500 System

(February 26, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. announces the first shipment of its next-generation LCD array test system, the ArrayChecker 3500.

Photonics Assembly in an EMS Environment

The explosion of the Internet and web based multimedia applications has driven phenomenal growth in networking hardware requirements. This rapid growth trend has required Original Equipment

Agilent Technologies Reports First Quarter 2003 Results

(February 25, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has reported orders of $1.36 billion and revenue of $1.41 billion for the fiscal first quarter ended January 31, 2003.

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.

EMI Launches New Initiative to Provide EMS for Military/Aerospace and Medical Markets

(February 25, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. -- Express Manufacturing Inc. (EMI) has formed a new initiative that strengthens its offering for the military, aerospace and medical markets.

Matheson Tri-Gas and ATMI Partner to Bring SAGE Gas Sources to Market

(February 25, 2003) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., and ATMI Inc. have entered into a manufacturing and distribution agreement for ATMI's SAGE product line for the compound semiconductor market.

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.

IRPS Expands Offerings

(February 24, 2003) Dallas -- The 2003 International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS), which promotes the latest developments in the reliability and performance of integrated circuits and microelectronic assemblies, returns this year with a new session: the Reliability Year in Review seminar.

electronicChina Forum 2003 Presents Market and Technology Trends in Electronics

(February 24, 2003) Shanghai -- The electronicChina Forum at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from March 12 to 14, 2003 points the way ahead in electronics.

IN2TEC Uses Duraswitch Technology to Provide Gas Pump Solution

(February 21, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee IN2TEC has secured a production order with one of the United Kingdom's largest manufacturers of industrial and fleet gas pumps.

Elcoteq Selects Motorola's 2G and 2.5G Wireless Platforms

(February 21, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp. has selected Motorola Inc.'s Innovative Convergence i.200 and i.250 platforms to develop its customers advanced wireless handsets for delivery of voice and high-speed data services.

SOLDERTEC Offering Surface Mount Engineers Opportunity to Prepare for Lead-Free

(February 21, 2003) UK -- SOLDERTEC offers surface mount engineers (SMEs) an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming European RHS Directive, which sets July 2006 as the deadline for many electronic products to be lead-free.

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.

Flextronics Honors Companies With Global Supplier Performance Awards

(February 20, 2003) Singapore -- Flextronics has awarded seven top suppliers with Flextronics' 2002 Global Supplier Performance Award.

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).

Richardson Electronics Expands RF and Wireless Staffing Expertise in Europe

(February 20, 2003) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics has added Philippe Ansoult as product marketing manager for the RF and Wireless Communications (RWC) business unit in Europe.

Lee Air Selects Asymtek Dispensing Technology to Equip Aircraft Electronics Manufacturing Facility

(February 19, 2003) Wichita, Kan. and Carlsbad, Calif. -- Lee Air Inc. has purchased an Asymtek Automove A-402 dispensing system to equip their aviation electronics facility.

IMS Appoints David J. London Director of Sales and Marketing

(February 19, 2003) Portsmouth, R.I. -- International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has appointed David J. London to the position of director of sales and marketing.

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.

Tecnomatix Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2002 Results

(February 19, 2003) Herzlia, Israel -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2002.

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.

GSI Lumonics Receives Outstanding Supplier Award from Samsung

(February 18, 2003) Wilmington, Mass. -- GSI Lumonics Inc. was recently recognized by Samsung Electronics as one of their top 20 equipment suppliers.

Indigo Systems Honored for Second Year for Human Resources Program

(February 18, 2003) Goleta, Calif. -- Indigo Systems' Human Resources Department received the top honor for the second consecutive year from the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA).

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.

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