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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Major OEMs Added as New Subscribers to the IPC and CAT's PCQR2 Database
(January 7, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- Two major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the military/aerospace business segment, Honeywell International Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp., have recently subscribed to IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc.'s (CAT Inc.) joint Printed Board Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) Benchmark Database.
Ericsson Network Technologies Appointed Authorized Service Center in North America for 3SAE
(January 6, 2003) Stockholm, Sweden and Nashville, Tenn. -- Ericsson Network Technologies, AB has appointed 3SAE Technologies Inc. as the exclusive Authorized Service Center in North America.
Meikle Automation Opens New Division in Rochester, N.Y.
(January 6, 2003) Kitchener, Ontario -- Meikle Automation has completed the purchase of the building and assets of Alliance Automation in Rochester, N.Y.
NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo Converge in Silicon Valley
(January 6, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo, three co-located manufacturing tradeshows in Silicon Valley, mirrored an industry convergence between electronic manufacturing, final product assembly and fiberoptics.
Teradyne to Announce Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2002 Earnings
(December 31, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. will release earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2002 on Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2003, following the close of markets, 6:30 p.m. EDT or later.
Chinese Authorities Approve Elcoteq's GKI Acquisition
(December 30, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- The Chinese authorities have given their approval to the arrangement announced on December 17, 2002 whereby Elcoteq Network Corp. will acquire IBM's 70 percent ownership in the Chinese joint-venture electronics manufacturing services companies Shenzhen GKI Electronics Co. Ltd. and Beijing GKI Electronics Co. Ltd.
Componex/electronicIndia to Take Place in January With Increased Participation
(December 30, 2002) Bangalore, India -- Componex/electronicIndia, the 8th International Conference and Exhibition for Electronic Components, Materials and Production Equipment, will be showing the future trends in electronics on the Indian subcontinent from January 21 through 24, 2003.
Carl Chiang Appointed Business Director, North China
(December 27, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Carl Chiang has been promoted to business director, north China by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.
Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric Sign Joint Venture Agreement for Establishing Renesas Technology
(December 27, 2002) Tokyo -- Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has signed a joint venture agreement and proposed top management for Renesas Technology Corp., a new semiconductor company to be established on April 1, 2003, that will focus on system LSI operations.
Electronica 2002 Visitors Forecast Industry Turnaround
(December 23, 2002) Munich, Germany -- Electronica 2002, the world's largest electronics industry trade show, exceeded organizer's expectations by drawing more than 77,000 visitors, nearly half of whom forecast industry profits to improve in the future.
Keisuke Nishu Appointed Regional Business Development Manager, Enthone Inc.
(December 23, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Keisuke Nishu has been appointed regional business development manager, Plating and Metallization by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
Accrometal Partnership Expands SMT Reel Line
(December 20, 2002) Brainerd, Minn. -- Acrometal has partnered with its sister company, AcroTech Southwest, to expand its product offering to the SMT market.
Flomerics, Harvard Thermal Announce Collaboration on Thermal Models of Electronic Components
(December 20, 2002) Southborough and Harvard, Mass. -- Flomerics Inc. and Harvard Thermal Inc. will work together to develop and enhance software tools and standards for thermal modeling of electronic components.
Samsung Electronics Receives Industry-Standard Security Certification for Smart Cards
(December 19, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s 64KB smart card with crypto functions, product code S3CC9PB, has received EAL4+ level Common Criteria (CC) certification.
ElectronicChina Expands in Scope and Size
(December 18, 2002) Shanghai -- ElectronicChina, an international trade show for components, assemblies, electronics production and laser technology, will take place March 12 through 14, 2003 here.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez Visits IPC CCA-Sponsored Event
(December 18, 2002) Garden Grove, Calif. -- Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) of the 46th Congressional District, spoke to several employees of TTM Technologies (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Pro-Tech (Fountain Valley, Calif.) during their vocational English as a Second Language class at TTM Technologies.
Venture Signs Deal with Tecnomatix to Speed New Product Introductions
(December 18, 2002) Singapore and Nashua, N.H. -- Venture Corp. Ltd. has signed an agreement valued at approximately US $850,000 to license and support the implementation of eMPower MPM software solutions from Tecnomatix Unicam at several locations, including their NPI (New Product Introduction) center in Fremont, Calif. and manufacturing facilities in Singapore and Malaysia.
Oscar Khaselev Appointed Senior Material Scientist, Enthone Inc.
(December 17, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Oscar Khaselev, Ph.D. has been appointed senior material scientist by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
FastRamp Test Services Acquires Conexant Test Operations
(December 17, 2002) Singapore and Milpitas, Calif. -- FastRamp Test Services, a subsidiary of ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) has entered into an agreement with Conexant Systems Inc. to purchase Conexant's test operation in San Diego, Calif.
Igor Zavarine Appointed Senior Research Scientist, Enthone Inc.
(December 16, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Igor S. Zavarine, Ph.D. has been appointed senior research scientist by Enthone Inc. a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
NEMA Releases Standard on Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit
(December 16, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has released TC 14-2002, Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit (RTRC) and Fittings.
ElectronicAsia Comes to Successful Conclusion
(December 13, 2002) Hong Kong -- ElectronicAsia, International Trade Fair for Components, Assemblies, Electronics Production and Display Technologies took place in Hong Kong from October 11 to 14, 2002.
Solectron Names O'Connor Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Corporate Officer
(December 12, 2002) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has appointed Kevin O'Connor as senior vice president, worldwide human resources and corporate officer.
Worldwide MEMS/MST Market to Cross $26 Billion by 2007, Says BCC Research
(December 10, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co Inc., RGB-270 MEMS Technology: Where To?, the worldwide market for MEMS/MST is currently estimated at $11 billion. By 2007, market revenues will exceed $26.4 billion, growing at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 19.1 percent.
IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003 Technical Conference and Educational Courses to Incorporate Design Issues
(December 10, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the technical conference sessions and tutorial and workshop schedule for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, which takes place March 22 through 27 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
Edward Kudrack Appointed Materials Laboratory Manager, Enthone
(December 9, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Edward Kudrak has been appointed materials laboratory manager by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
DuPont Photomasks Announces Productivity Improvements, Cost Reduction Plans
(December 6, 2002) Round Rock, Texas -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. plans to reduce costs, improve productivity and enhance customer service.
Ericsson, National Semiconductor Sign Bluetooth Licensing Agreement
(December 5, 2002) Stockholm, Sweden -- Ericsson Technology Licensing has signed a licensing agreement to provide its latest Bluetooth radio core, the K-D1, to National Semiconductor, an analog company focused on the market for wireless handsets.
Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. Announces Dedicated RF/Microwave Division
(December 5, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has launched a new business division, Nu Horizons RF, created to provide better service and solutions to its customers using RF/microwave and wireless technologies.
Park Electrochemical Reports Accident at Its Nelco/Singapore Manufacturing Facility
(December 5, 2002) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. reports that, on November 27, 2002, an explosion occurred in one of the four treaters located at its Nelco/Singapore manufacturing facility, and the treater in question was essentially destroyed.
Universal, Nokia Staff Co-Author Award-Winning Paper
(December 5, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Anthony Primavera, Ph.D. and Michael Meilunas of Universal Instruments Corp. and Steven Dunford of Nokia Mobile Phones received the Best Technical Paper Award from IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries at the organization's Annual Meeting.
ATS Acquires Electrical Controls Firm to Increase European Capabilities, Growth Potential
(December 4, 2002) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. is acquiring an electrical controls company in Munich, Germany as part of its strategy to increase its capabilities in Europe and gain control over an important technology.
Demand for Encryption ICs Increasing While Uncertainty Continues, Says In-Stat
(December 4, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- With all that has happened in the last 18 months, the need for encryption chips is picking up steam, according to In-Stat/MDR.
NEMA Publishes Two New Annexes for its Control Circuit and Pilot Devices Standard
(December 4, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has released two new annexes to supersede annexes B and E in ICS 5-2000, "Industrial Control and Systems: Control Circuit and Pilot Devices."
Market Research Provision of Homeland Security Law Benefits Small High-tech Companies
(December 3, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- A provision contained in the legislation passed recently to create the Department of Homeland Security sets new government-wide procurement policy, which, according to AeA, will benefit small and minority-owned technology companies.
Tecnomatix Increases Market Share in Spain and Portugal through Solintec Reseller Partnership
(December 3, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that a reseller agreement signed earlier this year with Soluciones de Ingenieria y Tecnologia, SL (Solintec) has resulted in total sales of eMPower MPM software and services to end user customers of about US $500,000.
Electronics Industry's Outsourcing Strategy Shifts to Include Design, Says TFI
(December 3, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- As outsourcing in the electronics industry continues to develop as a key strategy, the types of companies to whom name-brand electronic-product companies outsource is shifting to include not only contract manufacturers who build products to the customer company's design but also to original design manufacturers (ODMs) who design the products as well as manufacture them.
Cobar Wave Soldering Flux Becomes Automotive Industry's 'Preferred' Choice
(December 2, 2002) Breda, Holland -- Two years after its market introduction by Cobar Europe BV, the company's premier VOC-free wave solder flux, 396-QM9, has become the preferred wave soldering flux of the world's largest automotive electronics manufacturers.
Newport to Present Details on New Fiber Optic Assembly Technology at NEPCON West
(December 2, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Randy Heyler, vice president, Business Development, Advanced Packaging and Automation Systems Division at Newport Corp. will be presenting a technical paper on the latest advancements in fiber optic assembly using fluxless laser soldering at Fiber Optic Automation Expo, NEPCON West, at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, Calif.
SMTA Boston Flip Chip and BGA Workshop Issues Call for Presentations
(November 27, 2002) Minneapolis -- Under the direction of SMTA Vice President of Technical Programs Ken Gilleo, Ph.D., Cookson Performance Solutions, and Conference Chairman Paul T. Vianco, Ph.D., Sandia National Labs, the SMTA is organizing a Flip Chip and BGA Packaging Technologies Workshop as a part of the SMTA Boston 2003 Conference, taking place June 9 through 11, 2003, at the Bayside Convention Center in Boston.
IPC Elects New Board Members
(November 27, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- The membership of IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries elected new directors at IPC's 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, which took place November 3 through 7 in New Orleans, La.
Duraswitch MagnaMouse to be Highlighted at Electrical Automation Trade Show
(November 27, 2002) Phoenix -- Two Duraswitch licensees will exhibit at the upcoming SPS/IPC/Drives 2002 show to promote Duraswitch technologies and highlight its unique cursor control, the MagnaMouse, as well as their other electronic switch technologies.
NEMA Members Elect Cooper Industries' Ralph Jackson Chairman of the Board
(November 27, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- Ralph Jackson, chief operating officer of Cooper Industries, was named chairman of the board of governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) at its 76th annual meeting and leadership conference, held November 11 through 12 in Chicago, Ill.
Dave Penman Appointed Vice President of Operations, Enthone
(November 26, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Dave Penman has been appointed vice president of operations by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
Rogers Corp. Completes Sales of Moldable Composites Business
(November 26, 2002) Rogers, Conn. -- Rogers Corp. has completed the previously announced divestiture of its Moldable Composites Division (MCD), located in Manchester, Conn.
Duraswitch, Three-Five Systems Sign Marketing and Technology Agreement
(November 25, 2002) Phoenix and Tempe, Ariz. -- Duraswitch and Three-Five Systems Inc. have signed a marketing and technology agreement that joins Duraswitch's innovative electronic switch technologies with Three-Five's Integrated Systems Business.
Teradyne Expands Support for STIL Format, Strengthening Design-to-Test Linkage
(November 25, 2002) Boston and Israel -- Teradyne Inc.'s Wave Wizard, its standard tool for test program generation provided by partner Test Insight, will support the Standard Test Interface Language (STIL -- IEEE 1450) for Teradyne tester platforms.
Elcoteq, LGP Sign Manufacturing Agreement
(November 22, 2002) Helsinki, Finland and Sweden -- Elcoteq and LGP Telecom AB have signed an agreement concerning manufacturing of base station products for LGP in Elcoteq's plants in Tallinn, Estonia and Dongguan, China.
Matheson Tri-Gas and ATMI Expand Sub-Atmospheric Gas Delivery Product Line
(November 22, 2002) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. and ATMI Inc. have added three new specialty gases to ATMI's sub-atmospheric safe delivery sources (SDS) -- Phosphorus Trifluoride (PF3), Arsenic Pentafluoride (AsF5) and Hydrogen Selenide (H2Se).
Gedas Iberia to Implement Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solutions in Automotive Manufacturing Operations
(November 22, 2002) Nashua, N.H., Spain and Portugal -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces a series of agreements with gedas Iberia -- valued at approximately US $350,000 -- that will benefit automobile production at SEAT, VW-Navarra and Autoeuropa.
EKRA GmbH, Speedline File Patent Infringement Lawsuits
(November 21, 2002) Bonnigheim, Germany, Franklin, Mass., and Marlboro, Mass. -- EKRA GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Speedline Technologies in the district court in Bonnigheim, Germany, while Speedline Technologies (the legal entity name of Cookson Electronics Equipment) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against EKRA America Inc. in the Federal District Court in Boston, Mass.
JSR Micro Group Completes Construction of Belgian Facility
(November 21, 2002) Leuven, Belgium -- SR Micro NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based JSR Corp., announced today that construction of its newest semiconductor materials manufacturing facility here has been completed.
IPC Releases APEX 2003 Professional Development Schedule, Creates 19 Unprecedented Courses
(November 20, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries will showcase 19 new tutorials and workshops at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2002, taking place March 31 through April 2, 2003, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Matsushita, Nokia to Collaborate on Seamless Interoperability of Mobile Terminals, Home Electronic Devices
(November 19, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic) and Nokia have formed an agreement of cooperation for exchanging data and content between mobile terminals and home electronics devices.
NPL Launches Ultra Fine Pitch Printing Report
(November 19, 2002) Teddington, UK -- The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has released a new report, "Design Guidelines for Ultra Fine Pitch Printing," written by Martin Wickham, Ling Zou, Milos Dusek and Chris Hunt, Ph.D.
Chen Xu, Ph.D. Appointed Senior Scientist, Enthone Inc.
(November 18, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Chen Xu, Ph.D. has been appointed senior scientist by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
IPC Honors Best Technical Paper at 2002 IPC Annual Meeting
(November 15, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the winner of the Best Technical Paper Award at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, which took place November 3 through 7 in New Orleans, La.
MEMS in Consumer Electronics Moving Forward, Says In-Stat
(November 14, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- As far as the consumer electronics market is concerned, MEMS is slowly heading in the right direction, according to In-Stat/MDR.
MicroScreen Appoints Sales Organization in the Pacific Northwest
(November 14, 2002) South Bend, Ind. and Bellevue, Wash. -- MicroScreen LLC has appointed Havtech Inc. as an exclusive agent for the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the province of British Columbia in Canada.
Members Honored at IPC Annual Meeting
(November 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) honored 66 members at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, held November 3 through 7 in New Orleans, La., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics interconnect industry.
Prostat Forms Joint Relationship with Carmel Olefins
(November 12, 2002) Bensenville, Ill. and Haifa, Israel -- Prostat Corp. and Carmel Olefins have formed a joint relationship to blend technology, R&D and manufacturing capabilities.
Oracle Names Ray Bingham, Cadence Design Systems CEO, to Board of Directors
(November 11, 2002) Redwood Shores and San Jose, Calif. -- Oracle Corp. has added H. Raymond Bingham, president and chief executive officer of Cadence Design Systems Inc., to Oracle's Board of Directors.
Polyclad Laminates to Expand Elk Grove, Calif. Operation
(November 11, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, will invest more than $6 million to expand and advance laminate and prepreg manufacturing at the company's Elk Grove, Calif. facility.
Thomas Smith Appointed Vice President of Finance, Enthone
(November 8, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Thomas Smith has been appointed vice president of finance by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.
Datacon Expands Sales and Support Team in North America with Manufacturers Representatives
(November 8, 2002) Trevose, Pa. -- Datacon North America Inc., a member of the Datacon Technology Group, has completed agreements with four manufacturers representatives to expand its sales and support efforts to customers in North America.
Schurter to Showcase Expanded Options With Duraswitch Technologies at electronica in Munich
(November 8, 2002) Phoenix and Lucerne, Switzerland -- At electronica 2002, Duraswitch licensee Schurter GmbH of Germany will be showcasing how its design and manufacturing capabilities, coupled with Duraswitch's unique switch technology, provide customers with new switch solutions.
Cookson Electronics Equipment, Sigmaprint Technologies Form European Field Service and Technical Support Agreement
(November 7, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment and SigmaPrint Technologies have entered into a service and support agreement for the European market, which covers several MPM stencil printers and all platforms acquired by Cookson Electronics Equipment from SMTech Ltd. in 1998.
Schneider Electric Places US $720,000 Follow-On Order for Tecnomatix MPM Solutions
(November 7, 2002) France and Nashua, N.H. -- Schneider Electric has purchased more than US $720,000 worth of products and services from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. as a follow-on to the company's original $1 million order of less than two years ago.
Jennie Hwang, Ph.D., Inducted Into Ohio Women's Hall of Fame
(November 6, 2002) Columbus, Ohio -- Jennie S. Hwang, Ph.D., SMT Editorial Advisory Board member and long-tenured columnist, was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame last month.
Chonglun Fan Appointed Senior Scientist, Enthone Inc.
(November 6, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, has appointed Chonglun Fan, Ph.D., senior scientist.
Esterline Receives $10.9 Million Defense Contract for New Switch Technology
(November 5, 2002) Bellevue, Wash. -- Esterline Technologies has secured a 12-month, $10.9 million contract to produce state-of-the-art master vehicle blackout switches for one of the largest suppliers of weapons parts to the United States military, the Defense Supply Center Columbus, a branch of the Defense Logistics Agency.
IPC Receives Award from Bush Administration Official to Encourage Export Promotion
(November 4, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- Linda Conlin, assistant secretary of commerce for trade development, today presented a $400,000 financial assistance award to IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r).
Leading European Automotive Engineering Consultant Extends Its MPM Implementation for Car Design, Engineering and Manufacture
(November 4, 2002) Nashua, N.H. and UK -- Tecnomatix Technologie, Ltd. has broadened its relationship with TWR, the leading European automotive design, engineering and manufacturing consultancy.
IPC, JEDEC Team Up for Lead-Free Conference Sequel
(November 1, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and JEDEC, the solid state technology association, have developed the Second International Conference on Lead-Free Electronic Components and Assemblies.
GE Fanuc Automation to Acquire Intellution from Emerson
(November 1, 2002) Charlottesville, Va. and Foxboro, Mass. -- GE Fanuc Automation North America Inc., an affiliate of the General Electric Co., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intellution Inc., a division of Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business.
Hitachi High-Technologies to Acquire Shares of Subsidiaries of Sanyo Electric
(October 31, 2002) Tokyo and Osaka, Japan -- Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. will acquire all the shares of subsidiaries of SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. to build an integrated system that includes development, manufacturing, sales and services.
Europe Agrees Lead Ban in Electrical and Electronic Equipment to Occur July 2006
(October 31, 2002) UK -- Agreement on European Directives directly affecting the electronics assembly industry has confirmed that a long-expected ban on lead will come into effect on July 1, 2006, nearly two years earlier than the date proposed in the original draft of the legislation.
electronica 2002 Explores the Booming Field of MEMS
(October 30, 2002) Chicago -- Electronica 2002, the world's largest electronics trade show taking place November 12 through 15 in Munich, Germany, will feature a special forum for visitors to learn about the latest MEMS products and trends.
First IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certification Training Program to Be Established
(October 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. and Madison, Ala. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that Soldering Technology International Inc. (STI) has been contracted to develop a training and certification program for IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Harness Assemblies.
Richardson Electronics Opens Beijing, China Branch Office
(October 29, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics has opened a new branch office in Beijing, China, continuing its effort to address the needs of its customers and the expanding Chinese market.
Polyclad Laminates Malaysia Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification
(October 28, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, received certification to the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System (QMS) for its operation located in Kuching, Malaysia.
First Meeting of CONNECT Sets Proposals for Next Stage of European Funding for Framework 6
(October 28, 2002) Brussels, Belgium -- The first meeting of CONNECT, the European Electronics Interconnection Network, took place on Wednesday, October 16, here.
AVX Corp. Announces Second Quarter Results
(October 25, 2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $295.4 million in the second quarter ended September 30, 2002, and that the net income for the quarter was $1 million, or 1 cent per diluted share.
Permali Approves Smart Sonic for Durostone Pallet Cleaning
(October 25, 2002) Maxeville, France and Canoga Park, Calif. -- Permali Composites S.A., manufacturer of Durostone pallet materials has approved Smart Sonic ultrasonic stencil cleaners and 440-R SMT detergent for cleaning flux residues from reflow and wave solder pallets.
Lista to Acquire Assets of Arbell
(October 25, 2002) Holliston, Mass. and Canada -- Lista U.S. Holding, the parent company of Lista International Corp., has agreed to purchase the assets of Arbell Inc., effective November 1, 2002.
Test Professionals to Converge at New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location
(October 24, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo co-located trade event, taking place December 4 through 6, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center here, will feature a comprehensive focus on testing.
Solectron, Lucent Technologies to Unwind Optical Systems Transaction
(October 24, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. and North Andover, Mass. -- Solectron Corp. has agreed with Lucent Technologies to unwind their outsourcing and asset-purchase transaction involving Lucent's North Andover, Mass. optical networking systems.
Surface Mount Technologies Announces Strategic Relocation, Partnership With Nortek Automation
(October 23, 2002) Huntingdon Beach, Calif. -- Surface Mount Techniques has strategically relocated from its Laguna Hills, Calif. facility to a larger facility in nearby Huntington Beach.
SMTA Establishes Corporate Advisory Council
(October 23, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has established a Corporate Advisory Council made up of leaders representing each sector of the electronics manufacturing industry, including OEMs, contract manufacturers, suppliers, designers and academia.
PSA Peugeot Citroen Selects Tecnomatix MPM for Its Powertrain Division
(October 23, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- PSA Peugeot Citroen has chosen eMPower Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) solutions from Tecnomatix Technologies to complete the implementation of its digital factory project, the third and last phase of its Ingenum Program, for its powertrain division.
Challenges of Optoelectronic Assembly Subject of SMTA Boston Chapter Presentation
(October 22, 2002) Boxboro, Mass. -- Optoelectronics holds much promise for the electronics industry, but presents challenges along the way, according to Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., P.E. who spoke at the SMTA Boston Chapter meeting here last week.
Frost & Sullivan Releases Analysis of the World Market for LAN/WAN Test Equipment
(October 22, 2002) London -- As companies in a range of businesses demand higher bandwidth and faster connectivity for e-commerce, videoconferencing, multimedia and other applications, the need for equipment that can test and monitor the local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) will rise.
IPC Issues Call for Papers for 'Flex and Chips' Conference
(October 22, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces a call for papers for its International Symposium on Flexible Circuits and Chip Scale Packaging (CSP), which takes place February 10 through 12, 2003, at the Fiesta Inn in Tempe, Ariz.
Amkor, Fujitsu End Talks on Factory Outsourcing Venture
(October 22, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. have ended discussions relating to Amkor's proposed equity purchase of Fujitsu's semiconductor assembly and test operation located in Kagoshima, Japan.
ElectroniCast Forecasts 10 Gbps Datacom Transceiver Use to Reach $3.26 Billion in 2006
(October 22, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to the new ElectroniCast Corp. market study, the global consumption (use) of 10 Gbps data communication transceivers will rise from $68.7 million in the recessionary baseline year 2001 to $3.26 billion in 2006.
Tin Technology Leads Project on Halogen-free, Flame-Retardant Systems in PCBs, Electronic Components
(October 21, 2002) UK -- Tin Technology will be leading a project to develop halogen-free, flame-retardant systems in printed circuit boards (PCBs) and encapsulated electronic components.
Xanoptix, Tyco Electronics Sign Strategic Marketing and Sales Agreement
(October 18, 2002) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. -- Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics have formed a multi-year, multi-million dollar joint strategic business agreement to promote Xanoptix's XTM Series of optical transceiver products.
Cognex Corp. Announces Third Quarter Results
(October 18, 2002) Natick, Mass. -- Cognex Corp. announced revenue for the third quarter ended September 29, 2002, of $31.8 million, compared to $33.9 million reported for the third quarter of 2001.
Bluetooth to Ramp Up In Markets Outside of Mobile Handsets, Says Allied Business Intelligence
(October 17, 2002) Oyster Bay, N.Y. -- While mobile handsets are expected to account for approximately two-thirds of the Bluetooth devices that will ship in 2002, and cordless headsets will also be a growing category, Allied Business Intelligence's (ABI) new Bluetooth report notes that there are significant opportunities for Bluetooth semiconductor vendors in other markets, especially computing.
Cadence Reports Third Quarter Results
(October 17, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has announced third quarter pro forma diluted earnings per share of 15 cents, down 30 percent from the third quarter of 2001, on revenue of $327 million.
In-Stat/MDR Reports New Components, Form Factors and Pricing to Jump-Start Lagging PDA Market
(October 17, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- While growth in the PDA market has been less than stellar this year, In-Stat/MDR expects conditions to improve in coming years as demand for PDAs moves beyond the early adopter and mobile professional market into the mainstream consumer and corporate markets.
OK International Refocuses Businesses to Concentrate on Electronics and Growth Industries
(October 17, 2002) Menlo Park, Calif. -- OK International will focus on future business activities that strengthen their position in the electronics and PCB assembly industries, as well as explore opportunities in other growth markets.
European Industry Leaders Gather to Discuss How to Build a Profitable Digital Factory Strategy
(October 16, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- As manufacturers worldwide look to grow business, keep costs in check and improve quality in an increasingly competitive environment, European industry leaders will meet in Germany October 20 through 22 to exchange ideas on building and enhancing the digital factory.
SMTA Establishes Student Chapters
(October 15, 2002) Minneapolis -- In an effort to strengthen ties between academia and industry and to enrich post-secondary students' education in electronics assembly, surface mount technology, microelectronics, electronics packaging or related curricula, the SMTA has established student chapters.
Global Market for Diamond, Diamond-like and CBN Films and Coated Products to Reach $725 Million by 2006, Says BCC Study
(October 15, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released study from Business Communications Co. Inc., "RGB-173U Diamond, Diamond-like and CBN Films and Coated Products: Market Analysis," the North American market is expected to reach $290 million by 2006, with an AAGR (annual average growth rate) of 18.3 percent per year from 2001 through 2006.
Fall Semester to Begin Soon at IPC Cyber University
(October 15, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the fall curriculum schedule for its Cyber University, which offers 14 hours of courses in the School of Business and International Relations and the School of Technology to technical and marketing professionals in the printed circuit board (PCB) and electronics assemblies industries.
Assembly Technology 2002 Shows a Positive Sign for the Manufacturing Industry
(October 15, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly Technology Expo held its 23rd annual exhibition and conference September 24 through 26, 2002, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
Market for Magnetic Materials In China to Cross $5.2 Billion in 2007, Says BCC Research
(October 14, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-268 Magnetic Materials Market in China and its Position in the World Market, sales of Chinese magnetic materials are estimated a nearly $3 billion in 2002. Rising at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 12.1 percent, sales will reach $5.3 billion in 2007.
IPC Training Certification Programs Now in DVD Format
(October 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has released three new Training Certification programs on DVD, with such user-friendly features as random access/chapter selection, optional navigation and higher resolution for improved detail.
Nextek Awarded the Administrator's Award for Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration
(October 14, 2002) Madison, Ala. -- Nextek Inc., nominated for the Regional Business Subcontractor of the Year by a major government contractor, has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration "Administrator's Award for Excellence for 2001."
ElectroniCast Releases OADM Systems and Fiber Optic Components Rapid Reaction Report
(October 11, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's "Optical Add/ Drop Mutiplexer (OADM) Systems and Fiber Optic Component Rapid Reaction Report" provides years 2000/2001 analysis and five-year reality-driven forecast of market, application, technology and competitive trends of OADM systems, modulators and supporting fiber optics components.
Elcoteq Appoints Harri Ollila President, Elcoteq Europe
(October 10, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Harri Ollila, MSc (Eng.) MBA, has been appointed president, Europe of Elcoteq beginning January 1, 2003.
Newport to Present on Advanced Packaging, Automated Assembly at IMAPS Workshop
(October 10, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Daniel F. Crowley, director of sales at Newport/MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, is scheduled to make a presentation on advanced packaging and automated assembly at the Topical Workshop on Optoelectronics Packaging and Micro-Optoelectromechanical Systems (MOEMS), taking place October 8 through 11, 2002.
EXFO Completes Acquisition of Gnubi Communications
(October 9, 2002) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of the assets of gnubi communications, L.P., a leading supplier of multi-channel telecom and datacom testing solutions for system manufacturers.
'Glass Pipeline' Is Core Message From Outsourcing OEMs, Says Quarterly Forum Participants
(October 9, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- According to mid-tier and large-tier outsourcing OEM companies at the Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain on September 20, 2002, in San Jose, having a "glass pipeline" is core to successful supply chain management.
Conference Program Complements New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location
(October 9, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo 2002 Conference will feature state-of-the-art education developed specifically for manufacturing professionals by several of their most respected industry associations including the SMTA and the SME.
IPC Exclusive Report Examines New Connector Applications' Effect on Industry
(October 8, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) introduces "The Impact of Emerging Connector Designs on Printed Circuit Design and Fabrication," a recently commissioned report from Prismark Partners LLC, a leading electronics industry consulting firm.
JNJ Industries Appoints Cameron & Barkley New Distributor
(October 7, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- JNJ Industries Inc. has appointed Cameron & Barkley (CamBar) as a stocking distributor of its consumable products, including its GlobalTech line of environmentally friendly cleaning products, under stencil wiping rolls, squeegee blades, wipes and chemistry products.
Lamina Ceramics Opens New Facility to Increase Production of LTCC-M Technology
(October 7, 2002) Westampton, N.J. -- Lamina Ceramics has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility here to increase production of components, modules, circuit boards and packages using Lamina's proprietary Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic on Metal (LTCC-M) technology.
Siemens Dematic Enters Into Sales Partnership with ACD Technologies
(October 7, 2002) Nuremberg, Germany and Italy -- At the European Printed Circuit Board Convention (EPC 2002) in Cologne, Siemens Dematic AG and ACD Technologies will announce their intention to work together in the future in the field of substrate technology in a sales cooperation.
Engineers Moving Toward Ethernet, Linux and High Resolution, Says New Survey
(October 4, 2002) Cleveland -- A survey of engineers responsible for electronics measurement reports that new communications protocols such as Ethernet, long touted as a likely successor to the widely used GPIB and serial interfaces, are finally seeing widespread adoption.
Free Special Events Highlight New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location
(October 4, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo co-located trade event, taking place December 4 through 6, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., will feature special events free to all attendees.
In-Stat/MDR Reports Surveys Say Consumers Interested in Bluetooth Benefits
(October 3, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Little headway has been made over the last year to increase the knowledge, or familiarity, of Bluetooth amongst the U.S. general public, according to In-Stat/MDR.
Gordon Tindle Appointed Executive General Manager, Enthone Ltd.
(October 3, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Gordon Tindle has been appointed executive general manager of Enthone Ltd., United Kingdom, by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.
MPM Forum 2002 Japan to Chart the Future of Product Lifecycle Management
(October 3, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Attendees at MPM Forum 2002 (Japan), which takes place in Tokyo on October 3 and 4, will hear Daratech CEO and founder Charles Foundyller give the keynote address on the next frontier of product lifecycle management (PLM): Manufacturing Process Management (MPM).
Newport and EM4 Establish Strategic Relationship
(October 2, 2002) Irvine, Calif. and Burlington, Mass. -- Newport Corp. and EM4 Photonics have signed a letter of intent regarding a strategic agreement to jointly develop and refine photonics device manufacturing equipment and process solutions, as well as establish an equipment supplier relationship between the two parties.
German Automotive Line Builder Selects Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solution for Audi Car Project
(October 2, 2002) Germany and Nashua, N.H. -- Marxer Anlagen und Maschinenbau GmbH has placed an order of approximately US $225,000 for eMPower MPM products and services from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.
Market for Sputtering Targets to Reach Nearly $1.8 Billion by 2006, BCC Survey Says
(October 1, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated study from Business Communications Co. Inc., "RGB-232R Sputtering Targets and Sputtered Films: Technology and Markets," $871.5 million worth of sputtering targets were consumed in 2001 to sputter-deposit 486.1 million sq. m of thin films for flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage devices, wavelength-selective coatings on glass, and semiconductor chips.
Duraswitch Licensee Dewhurst Earns European Lift Industry Award for 'Best Product of the Year 2002'
(October 1, 2002) Phoenix and UK -- Duraswitch licensee Dewhurst plc was awarded the British Lift Industry Awards' (BLIA) "Best Product of the Year, 2002" award in the under 500 pound category for its Compact 2 Micro, which incorporates Duraswitch's PushGate pushbutton technology.
ElectroniCast President to Head Optical Modulators Executive Briefing October 9
(September 30, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast will be hosting the "Optical Modulators Market Trends Executive Forum" on October 9, 2002, at the Villa Hotel here, sponsored by Fiber Systems International and PR@vantage.
Adept Technology Revises Guidance, Announces Strategic Actions
(September 27, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Adept Technology Inc. announces that first quarter revenue is anticipated to be below the company's previous expectations. Additionally, the company has engaged the investment bank, Broadview International, to explore strategic alternatives for Adept.
'Top 10 Developments' in Ceramic Interconnect Technology' Announced at IMAPS 2002
(September 27, 2002) Washington, DC -- The latest advances and challenges -- "The Top Ten Developments in Ceramic Interconnect Technology" -- were recognized at a recent press event hosted by the Ceramic Interconnect Initiative (CII) at IMAPS 2002, The 35th International Symposium on Microelectronics in Denver, Colo.
Industry Leaders Gather at North America MPM Forum 2002 to Discuss Status and Future of Manufacturing Process Management
(September 27, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- At the MPM Forum 2002 conference, held September 11 through 12 in Northville, Mich., the current state and future of Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) was discussed by executives and managers from EDS, Ford, General Motors and other major manufacturers, as well as senior executives from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., the sponsor of the MPM Forum series.
Second Annual Optical Communication Component Conference Set for Tokyo
(September 26, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's Second Annual Optical Communication Component Conference will be held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on October 30, 2002.
Parlex Nominates Russell D. Wright for the Board of Directors
(September 26, 2002) Methuen, Mass. -- Parlex Corp. has nominated Russell D. Wright to be a member of the Board of Directors, subject to shareholder approval at its Annual Meeting on November 26, 2002.
Accomplishments Within Electronics Assembly Industry to be Recognized at APEX(r) 2003
(September 25, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that several awards will be presented at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2003, taking place March 31 through April 2, 2003, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
SOLDERTEC to Present, Lead Discussion Group at COG Meeting
(September 24, 2002) Stanmore and Hertfordshire, UK -- The next Component Obsolescence Group (COG) meeting will be held September 25 and 26, 2002. The first day will focus on mechanical obsolescence and will be held at BAE Systems. The second day will cover COG activities and electronic obsolescence and will be held at the Node Conference Centre at Codicote.
IMAPS Announces 'Ceramic Interconnect Technology: The Next Generation' 2003 Conference
(September 24, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) and the Ceramic Interconnect Initiative (CII) will bring enabling ceramic interconnect technology to the forefront with the "Ceramic Interconnect Technology: The Next Generation" conference, scheduled for April 8 through 9, 2003, at the Westin Hotel in Denver, Colo.