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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.

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.

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.

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.

TESCO Invests US $600,000 in Tecnomatix eMPower Enterprise Solution

(February 14, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- TESCO has purchased additional licenses and consulting services valued at more than US $600,000 for an eMPower Enterprise Solution that includes eM-Planner, eM-Workplace, eM-SPOT and eM-OLP from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.

ASAT Appoints George A. Shaw Jr. Senior Vice President and Managing Director

(February 14, 2003) Hong Kong and Fremont, Calif. -- ASAT Holdings Ltd and ASAT Inc. announce the appointment of George A. Shaw Jr. as senior vice president of operations and managing director of manufacturing for ASAT Holdings Ltd.

EV Group Ships Volume MEMS Production Equipment to Asia Pacific Microsystems

(February 14, 2003) Scharding, Austria and Taipei, Taiwan -- EV Group (EVG) has concluded a multimillion dollar equipment purchase agreement with Asia Pacific Microsystems Inc. (APM)

PXI Systems Alliance Names New Officers

(February 14, 2003) San Diego -- The PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA), a global non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting PXI technology, has named Teradyne Marketing Manager Bob Stasonis as its president and Geotest President Loofie Gutterman as its new director of marketing.

Test Fixture Companies Join Forces

(February 13, 2003) Maple Grove, Minn. and Richardson, Texas -- Circuit Check Inc. has acquired Southwest Test Inc.

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

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

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

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

Suntron Corp. Forms Strategic Partnership with UMD Technology

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

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

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

ATS Reports Strong Third Quarter Revenues

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

Polarfab, Silvaco Partner in Analog Design Kit Support

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

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

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

Agilent's Kamran Firooz to Lead OSS Division

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

Ceremony to Honor 42 Exhibitors at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003

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

SMTA Launches Mission to China

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

IRC Names New TRESCO General Manager

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

Asymtek Receives Factory Mutual Research Rating for Century Conformal Coating System

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

Photon Dynamics Appoints Jeffrey Hawthorne Senior Vice President

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

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

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

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

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

IPC Document Reaches Four New Corners of the World

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

NEMI to Premiere Latest Roadmap at APEX 2003

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

SMTA Launches New Online Presentations

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

Universal Instruments Adds Shopping Cart Functionality to Web Site

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

Vitronics Soltec to Launch 18-City Advanced Technology Tour

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

Carbon Nanotubes Are Materials of the Future, Says BCC

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

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

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

Solectron Signs Manufacturing and Supply Agreement with HP

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

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

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

Vitronics Soltec Building New Facility

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

Assembleon Appoints Kaisertech to Extend Market Coverage to the UK

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

ATS Acquires Precision Plastic Injection Molding Business

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

ElectroniCast Founder to Speak at International Compound Semiconductor Outlook Conference

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

Siemens Dematic Receives Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award

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

SMTA Offers Certification Programs in Anaheim

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

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

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

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

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

Arbell Forms Distribution Agreement with ASG/HIOS

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

IPC Meeting to Equip EMS Executive with Tools for Success

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

SpecialChem Appoints New VP for its Adhesives and Sealants Platform

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

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

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

IPC Restructures Exhibition, Creates Venue to Serve Entire Electronics Industry

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

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

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

Edward J. Kelley Appointed OEM Marketing Manager, Polyclad Laminates

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

DEK Adds Stencil Design and Manufacturing Capability to Memphis Hub

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

ESI Names Clive McGovern as European Sales Manager

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

KEMET Reports Financial Results for the December 2002 Quarter

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

Tyco Electronics Signs Memorandum of Understanding with China Putain Corp.

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

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

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

EXFO to Address Institutional Investors in February

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

Machine Vision Products Issued U.S. Patent for CIMCIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AVX Announces Third Quarter Results

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

Elcoteq Releases Preliminary 2002 Results

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

Distinguished Triad to Address Attendees at APEX 2003

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

Duraswitch, UTEK Form Strategic Alliance Agreement for Technology Transfer

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

Orbotech Announces New President

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

Jim Bernhard Joins Ovation Products

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

Murrietta Circuits Moves to Larger Facility

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

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

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

ElectroniCast's Optical Modulator Market Forecast Published

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

IPC Photonics Manufacturing Association Council Continues its Evolution

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

ESI Opens New Office in Hsinchu, Taiwan

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

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

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

Berufsakademie Baden Wurttemberg Integrates Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solutions into Curriculum

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

Chinese Language Pages Available from Universal Web Site

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

GSPK Circuits Invests in Chinese Venture

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

IPC Releases APEX 2003 Technical Conference Schedule

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

Global PCB Price Erosion Slowing, Says Purcon-iPro

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

Framework for International Lead-free Soldering Roadmap Agreed Upon

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

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

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

Tom Ryan Joins Accent to Head X-ray Diffraction Business

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

Solectron Expands Customer Relationship Management Services in Europe

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

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

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

Solectron Executive Vice President to Lead Global Services Unit

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

ESI Names Bob Chamberlain Vice President, Customer Operations

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

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

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

Matheson Tri-Gas Expands ULTIMA Ammonia Plant

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

Indala Expands Its Domestic and International Sales Teams

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

Original Design Manufacturers to Discuss Intellectual Property Protection

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

Amphenol Reports 2002 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

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

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

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

MicroScreen Announces New Rep in Eastern Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

Duraswitch Continues Global Expansion With New Licensee

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

Duraswitch Licensee ECI Screenprint Manufacturers Controls With Large Key Pushgate Technology

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

Digital Innovations Selects Endicott Interconnect

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

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

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

Dave Selestak Joins March Plasma Systems As Eastern Regional Sales Manager

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

AEGIS Announces New Director of Sales

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

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

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

SMTA Issues SMTA International Call for Participation

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

Standex Electronics Achieves Global Automotive Supplier Certification

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

Cobar Europe Brings Certificates of Compliance (COCs) Online

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

IPC Provides Free Glimpse Into the Future

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

Trippel Heads Henkel Loctite Electronics Group

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

ViTechnology Names Gary Burroughs as President of the Americas

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

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

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

Amkor Technology Names Greater China Executive

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

August Technology Enters Development Agreement with Leading Semiconductor Manufacturer

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

Semiconductor Circuits Names Allied Electronics as Authorized Distributor

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

HID Announces Strategic Promotions in Sales and Business Development Teams

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

EXFO Posts Sales Growth for Third Consecutive Quarter

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

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

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

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

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

Avnet Elects Five New Corporate Officers, Promotes Senior Executive

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

Benchmark Electronics Updates Guidance

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

Legacy Electronics Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

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

RF Micro Devices Announces Production Shipments to Leading Japanese Handset Manufacturer

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

KEMET to Begin Manufacturing in China

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

March Plasma Systems Appoints Dennis McGee Global PCB Market Manager

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

Former Maxtor CEO Michael Cannon Joins Solectron as President and CEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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