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A.P.E. Team Achieves IPC Instructor Certification

(October 23, 2002) Key Largo, Fla. -- A.P. E. South's entire sales and management team has completed IPC-A-610 Class A instructor certification on Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.

Surface Mount Technologies Announces Strategic Relocation, Partnership With Nortek Automation

(October 23, 2002) Huntingdon Beach, Calif. -- Surface Mount Techniques has strategically relocated from its Laguna Hills, Calif. facility to a larger facility in nearby Huntington Beach.

SMTA Establishes Corporate Advisory Council

(October 23, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has established a Corporate Advisory Council made up of leaders representing each sector of the electronics manufacturing industry, including OEMs, contract manufacturers, suppliers, designers and academia.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Selects Tecnomatix MPM for Its Powertrain Division

(October 23, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- PSA Peugeot Citroen has chosen eMPower Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) solutions from Tecnomatix Technologies to complete the implementation of its digital factory project, the third and last phase of its Ingenum Program, for its powertrain division.

Challenges of Optoelectronic Assembly Subject of SMTA Boston Chapter Presentation

(October 22, 2002) Boxboro, Mass. -- Optoelectronics holds much promise for the electronics industry, but presents challenges along the way, according to Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., P.E. who spoke at the SMTA Boston Chapter meeting here last week.

Frost & Sullivan Releases Analysis of the World Market for LAN/WAN Test Equipment

(October 22, 2002) London -- As companies in a range of businesses demand higher bandwidth and faster connectivity for e-commerce, videoconferencing, multimedia and other applications, the need for equipment that can test and monitor the local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) will rise.

IPC Issues Call for Papers for 'Flex and Chips' Conference

(October 22, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces a call for papers for its International Symposium on Flexible Circuits and Chip Scale Packaging (CSP), which takes place February 10 through 12, 2003, at the Fiesta Inn in Tempe, Ariz.

Amkor, Fujitsu End Talks on Factory Outsourcing Venture

(October 22, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. have ended discussions relating to Amkor's proposed equity purchase of Fujitsu's semiconductor assembly and test operation located in Kagoshima, Japan.

ElectroniCast Forecasts 10 Gbps Datacom Transceiver Use to Reach $3.26 Billion in 2006

(October 22, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to the new ElectroniCast Corp. market study, the global consumption (use) of 10 Gbps data communication transceivers will rise from $68.7 million in the recessionary baseline year 2001 to $3.26 billion in 2006.

Nam Tai Electronics Completes New Factory Premises

(October 21, 2002) Vancouver, British Columbia -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc. has completed construction work of its new factory premises.


Rick Gunn Joins Nextek as Director of Engineering

(October 21, 2002) Madison, Ala. -- Richard B. "Rick" Gunn has joined Nextek as director of engineering for the corporation.

Teradyne, Tecnomatix Expand Alliance

(October 21, 2002) Boston and Nashua, N.H. -- Teradyne's Assembly Test Division (ATD) and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announce that Tecnomatix Unicam Inc. will acquire Teradyne's CIMBridge CAD/CAM optimization software product line.

Tin Technology Leads Project on Halogen-free, Flame-Retardant Systems in PCBs, Electronic Components

(October 21, 2002) UK -- Tin Technology will be leading a project to develop halogen-free, flame-retardant systems in printed circuit boards (PCBs) and encapsulated electronic components.

Xanoptix, Tyco Electronics Sign Strategic Marketing and Sales Agreement

(October 18, 2002) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. -- Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics have formed a multi-year, multi-million dollar joint strategic business agreement to promote Xanoptix's XTM Series of optical transceiver products.

Amphenol Reports Third Quarter 2002 Results

(October 18, 2002) Wallingford, Conn. -- Amphenol Corp. reported today that third quarter 2002 diluted earnings per share increased 23 percent to 48 cents compared to 39 cents per share for the 2001 period.

Cognex Corp. Announces Third Quarter Results

(October 18, 2002) Natick, Mass. -- Cognex Corp. announced revenue for the third quarter ended September 29, 2002, of $31.8 million, compared to $33.9 million reported for the third quarter of 2001.

Matheson Tri-Gas Launches New Web Site

(October 18, 2002) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. has released its new Web site.

Bluetooth to Ramp Up In Markets Outside of Mobile Handsets, Says Allied Business Intelligence

(October 17, 2002) Oyster Bay, N.Y. -- While mobile handsets are expected to account for approximately two-thirds of the Bluetooth devices that will ship in 2002, and cordless headsets will also be a growing category, Allied Business Intelligence's (ABI) new Bluetooth report notes that there are significant opportunities for Bluetooth semiconductor vendors in other markets, especially computing.

Cadence Reports Third Quarter Results

(October 17, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has announced third quarter pro forma diluted earnings per share of 15 cents, down 30 percent from the third quarter of 2001, on revenue of $327 million.

In-Stat/MDR Reports New Components, Form Factors and Pricing to Jump-Start Lagging PDA Market

(October 17, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- While growth in the PDA market has been less than stellar this year, In-Stat/MDR expects conditions to improve in coming years as demand for PDAs moves beyond the early adopter and mobile professional market into the mainstream consumer and corporate markets.


OK International Refocuses Businesses to Concentrate on Electronics and Growth Industries

(October 17, 2002) Menlo Park, Calif. -- OK International will focus on future business activities that strengthen their position in the electronics and PCB assembly industries, as well as explore opportunities in other growth markets.

ESEC Intensifies Focus on Core Business

(October 16, 2002) Cham, Switzerland -- ESEC is intensifying measures introduced last year towards focusing the company's efforts on its two core business segments, die attach and wire bonding.

Juki Automation Systems Announces New President

(October 16, 2002) Morrisville, N.C. -- Juki Automation Systems Inc. and the Board of Directors have appointed Kaz Nomoto as president of the organization.

Nextek Announces New Vice President of Sales

(October 16, 2002) Madison, Ala. -- Mark S. Edwards has accepted the position of vice president of sales for Nextek Inc.

European Industry Leaders Gather to Discuss How to Build a Profitable Digital Factory Strategy

(October 16, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- As manufacturers worldwide look to grow business, keep costs in check and improve quality in an increasingly competitive environment, European industry leaders will meet in Germany October 20 through 22 to exchange ideas on building and enhancing the digital factory.

SMTA Establishes Student Chapters

(October 15, 2002) Minneapolis -- In an effort to strengthen ties between academia and industry and to enrich post-secondary students' education in electronics assembly, surface mount technology, microelectronics, electronics packaging or related curricula, the SMTA has established student chapters.

Global Market for Diamond, Diamond-like and CBN Films and Coated Products to Reach $725 Million by 2006, Says BCC Study

(October 15, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released study from Business Communications Co. Inc., "RGB-173U Diamond, Diamond-like and CBN Films and Coated Products: Market Analysis," the North American market is expected to reach $290 million by 2006, with an AAGR (annual average growth rate) of 18.3 percent per year from 2001 through 2006.

Fall Semester to Begin Soon at IPC Cyber University

(October 15, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the fall curriculum schedule for its Cyber University, which offers 14 hours of courses in the School of Business and International Relations and the School of Technology to technical and marketing professionals in the printed circuit board (PCB) and electronics assemblies industries.

Assembly Technology 2002 Shows a Positive Sign for the Manufacturing Industry

(October 15, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly Technology Expo held its 23rd annual exhibition and conference September 24 through 26, 2002, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Market for Magnetic Materials In China to Cross $5.2 Billion in 2007, Says BCC Research

(October 14, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RGB-268 Magnetic Materials Market in China and its Position in the World Market, sales of Chinese magnetic materials are estimated a nearly $3 billion in 2002. Rising at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 12.1 percent, sales will reach $5.3 billion in 2007.


IPC Training Certification Programs Now in DVD Format

(October 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has released three new Training Certification programs on DVD, with such user-friendly features as random access/chapter selection, optional navigation and higher resolution for improved detail.

Nextek Awarded the Administrator's Award for Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration

(October 14, 2002) Madison, Ala. -- Nextek Inc., nominated for the Regional Business Subcontractor of the Year by a major government contractor, has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration "Administrator's Award for Excellence for 2001."

Parlex Receives Outstanding Supplier Award from Samsung Electronics

(October 14, 2002) Methuen, Mass. -- Parlex Corp.'s Flexible Printed Circuit operation located in Shanghai was recently awarded "Outstanding Supplier" status from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Teradyne Awarded 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year by Magis

(October 11, 2002) San Diego and Boston -- Magis Networks Inc. has named Teradyne Inc. as its 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year.

ElectroniCast Releases OADM Systems and Fiber Optic Components Rapid Reaction Report

(October 11, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's "Optical Add/ Drop Mutiplexer (OADM) Systems and Fiber Optic Component Rapid Reaction Report" provides years 2000/2001 analysis and five-year reality-driven forecast of market, application, technology and competitive trends of OADM systems, modulators and supporting fiber optics components.

QPL Ltd. Extends Manufacturing Capabilities With New Factory In China

(October 11, 2002) Fremont, Calif. -- QPL has opened a new 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility located in Guangdong, China.

Memtron Designs Duraswitch Technology Into Fire Alarm Controls

(October 11, 2002) Phoenix and Frankenmuth, Mich. -- Duraswitch licensee Memtron is using Duraswitch's PushGate switch technology in fire alarm controls it is producing for two customers.

Teradyne Awarded 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year by Magis

(October 11, 2002) San Diego and Boston -- Magis Networks Inc. has named Teradyne Inc. as its 2002 Test Solution Supplier of the Year.

Elcoteq Appoints Harri Ollila President, Elcoteq Europe

(October 10, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Harri Ollila, MSc (Eng.) MBA, has been appointed president, Europe of Elcoteq beginning January 1, 2003.

Kyocera Wireless Corp. Names Fredrik Torstensson Vice President of International Sales & Business Development

(October 10, 2002) San Diego -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. has named Fredrik Torstensson its vice president of international sales and business development.


Newport to Present on Advanced Packaging, Automated Assembly at IMAPS Workshop

(October 10, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Daniel F. Crowley, director of sales at Newport/MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, is scheduled to make a presentation on advanced packaging and automated assembly at the Topical Workshop on Optoelectronics Packaging and Micro-Optoelectromechanical Systems (MOEMS), taking place October 8 through 11, 2002.

Nu Horizons Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2003

(October 10, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has reported financial and operating results for the second quarter and six months ended August 31, 2002.

EXFO Completes Acquisition of Gnubi Communications

(October 9, 2002) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of the assets of gnubi communications, L.P., a leading supplier of multi-channel telecom and datacom testing solutions for system manufacturers.

'Glass Pipeline' Is Core Message From Outsourcing OEMs, Says Quarterly Forum Participants

(October 9, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- According to mid-tier and large-tier outsourcing OEM companies at the Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain on September 20, 2002, in San Jose, having a "glass pipeline" is core to successful supply chain management.

Elcoteq Third-Quarter Net Sales and Operating Profit Better than Expected

(October 9, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp.'s net sales and especially its operating profit for the third quarter ended in September will exceed the company's previous predictions.

Conference Program Complements New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location

(October 9, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo 2002 Conference will feature state-of-the-art education developed specifically for manufacturing professionals by several of their most respected industry associations including the SMTA and the SME.

Montgomery Brings More than 30 Years of Forecasting Knowledge to OADM and Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference

(October 8, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast Corp. Founder and Chairman Jeff D. Montgomery will be featured at the Fourth Annual OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference on November 12 through 13 at the Villa Hotel here.

ASSA ABLOY ITG Establishes Business Unit in Latin America

(October 8, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG) has formed a new operational business unit called ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group, Latin America.

Mentron Delivers Duraswitch to Medical Industry

(October 8, 2002) Phoenix and Frankenmuth, Mich. -- Duraswitch licensee Memtron Technologies has rapidly advanced the proliferation of Duraswitch's advanced switch technology into the medical industry.

IPC Exclusive Report Examines New Connector Applications' Effect on Industry

(October 8, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) introduces "The Impact of Emerging Connector Designs on Printed Circuit Design and Fabrication," a recently commissioned report from Prismark Partners LLC, a leading electronics industry consulting firm.


Standex International Purchases CIN-TRAN Inc.

(October 8, 2002) Salem, N.H. and Cincinnati -- Standex International Corp. has purchased substantially all of the assets of CIN-TRAN Inc.

Amphenol Completes Acquisition of K&K Stamping's RADSOK Business Unit

(October 7, 2002) Sidney, N.Y. and Detroit -- Amphenol Corp.'s Industrial Operations Division has completed the acquisition of the RADSOK Business Unit of K&K Stamping.

JNJ Industries Appoints Cameron & Barkley New Distributor

(October 7, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- JNJ Industries Inc. has appointed Cameron & Barkley (CamBar) as a stocking distributor of its consumable products, including its GlobalTech line of environmentally friendly cleaning products, under stencil wiping rolls, squeegee blades, wipes and chemistry products.

Lamina Ceramics Opens New Facility to Increase Production of LTCC-M Technology

(October 7, 2002) Westampton, N.J. -- Lamina Ceramics has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility here to increase production of components, modules, circuit boards and packages using Lamina's proprietary Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic on Metal (LTCC-M) technology.

Siemens Dematic Enters Into Sales Partnership with ACD Technologies

(October 7, 2002) Nuremberg, Germany and Italy -- At the European Printed Circuit Board Convention (EPC 2002) in Cologne, Siemens Dematic AG and ACD Technologies will announce their intention to work together in the future in the field of substrate technology in a sales cooperation.

SMTA Annual Meeting Keynote Touches On Military Electronics

(October 4, 2002) Chicago -- The unique requirements of military applications drive special testing and handling of electronics in this area, according to the keynote speaker at the SMTA Annual Meeting here on Tuesday, September 24.

Engineers Moving Toward Ethernet, Linux and High Resolution, Says New Survey

(October 4, 2002) Cleveland -- A survey of engineers responsible for electronics measurement reports that new communications protocols such as Ethernet, long touted as a likely successor to the widely used GPIB and serial interfaces, are finally seeing widespread adoption.

NEMA Web Site Wins Web Marketing Association's 2002 Outstanding Web Site Award

Free Special Events Highlight New NEPCON West/Assembly West/Fiberoptic Automation Expo Co-Location

(October 4, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- The NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo co-located trade event, taking place December 4 through 6, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., will feature special events free to all attendees.

Richardson Electronics Forms Distribution Agreement with Lightel Technologies

(October 4, 2002) LaFox, Ill. and Seattle -- Richardson Electronics has signed an agreement with Lightel Technologies to distribute their ultrasonic SCC-3100 connector cleaner.


In-Stat/MDR Reports Surveys Say Consumers Interested in Bluetooth Benefits

(October 3, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Little headway has been made over the last year to increase the knowledge, or familiarity, of Bluetooth amongst the U.S. general public, according to In-Stat/MDR.

Gordon Tindle Appointed Executive General Manager, Enthone Ltd.

(October 3, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Gordon Tindle has been appointed executive general manager of Enthone Ltd., United Kingdom, by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

MPM Forum 2002 Japan to Chart the Future of Product Lifecycle Management

(October 3, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Attendees at MPM Forum 2002 (Japan), which takes place in Tokyo on October 3 and 4, will hear Daratech CEO and founder Charles Foundyller give the keynote address on the next frontier of product lifecycle management (PLM): Manufacturing Process Management (MPM).

Viasystems Group Inc. Obtains Support for Plan of Reorganization

(October 3, 2002) St. Louis -- Viasystems Group Inc. has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to achieve final approval for the company's recapitalization.

IMAPS Announces Award Winners for Exceptional Papers at IMAPS 2002

(October 2, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces the award winners among the exceptional papers presented at the recent IMAPS 2002 annual symposium in Denver, Colo.

Newport and EM4 Establish Strategic Relationship

(October 2, 2002) Irvine, Calif. and Burlington, Mass. -- Newport Corp. and EM4 Photonics have signed a letter of intent regarding a strategic agreement to jointly develop and refine photonics device manufacturing equipment and process solutions, as well as establish an equipment supplier relationship between the two parties.

German Automotive Line Builder Selects Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Solution for Audi Car Project

(October 2, 2002) Germany and Nashua, N.H. -- Marxer Anlagen und Maschinenbau GmbH has placed an order of approximately US $225,000 for eMPower MPM products and services from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.

X-Tek Systems Appoints Global Marketing Head

(October 2, 2002) Tyngsboro, Mass. -- X-Tek Systems has appointed Paul Ramsay to the newly created position of sales and marketing manager with global responsibilities.

Lynxs to Present at ElectroniCast OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference

(October 1, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- Lynx Photonic Networks president and co-founder Michael Leigh will be a featured speaker at the Fourth Annual OADM & Advance Photonic Communication Networks Conference on November 13 at the Villa Hotel here.

Market for Sputtering Targets to Reach Nearly $1.8 Billion by 2006, BCC Survey Says

(October 1, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated study from Business Communications Co. Inc., "RGB-232R Sputtering Targets and Sputtered Films: Technology and Markets," $871.5 million worth of sputtering targets were consumed in 2001 to sputter-deposit 486.1 million sq. m of thin films for flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage devices, wavelength-selective coatings on glass, and semiconductor chips.


Duraswitch Licensee Dewhurst Earns European Lift Industry Award for 'Best Product of the Year 2002'

(October 1, 2002) Phoenix and UK -- Duraswitch licensee Dewhurst plc was awarded the British Lift Industry Awards' (BLIA) "Best Product of the Year, 2002" award in the under 500 pound category for its Compact 2 Micro, which incorporates Duraswitch's PushGate pushbutton technology.

ElectronicAsia 2002 Completely Booked

(October 1, 2002) Hong Kong -- On October 11, electronicAsia opens its gates here. The regional key fair for electronics and electronics production organized by the Messe Muenchen GmbH was booked up long before its registration deadline three months ago.

Chase EMS, Photronic Devices Form Partnership

(September 30, 2002) West Bridgewater, Mass. -- Chase EMS Group Chase EMS' Sunburst Division has formed a strategic manufacturing partnership with Photronic Devices for the manufacture of their LCON4 series optical gain amplifier controllers.

ElectroniCast President to Head Optical Modulators Executive Briefing October 9

(September 30, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast will be hosting the "Optical Modulators Market Trends Executive Forum" on October 9, 2002, at the Villa Hotel here, sponsored by Fiber Systems International and PR@vantage.

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

(September 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

NEMI Honors Outstanding Leadership

(September 30, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has recognized a project team and two individuals for their service to NEMI and to the electronics manufacturing industry.

Rockwell Collins Wins Contract With China Eastern Airlines

(September 26, 2002) Pomona, Calif. -- Rockwell Collins has signed an agreement with China Eastern Airlines, which will allow for installation of the PAVES inflight entertainment system on 20 Airbus A320 aircraft.

Adept Technology Revises Guidance, Announces Strategic Actions

(September 27, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Adept Technology Inc. announces that first quarter revenue is anticipated to be below the company's previous expectations. Additionally, the company has engaged the investment bank, Broadview International, to explore strategic alternatives for Adept.

EXFO Records Sales Growth for Second Consecutive Quarter

(September 27, 2002) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has recorded sales growth for a second consecutive quarter following the release of fourth quarter and fiscal 2002 financial results.

'Top 10 Developments' in Ceramic Interconnect Technology' Announced at IMAPS 2002

(September 27, 2002) Washington, DC -- The latest advances and challenges -- "The Top Ten Developments in Ceramic Interconnect Technology" -- were recognized at a recent press event hosted by the Ceramic Interconnect Initiative (CII) at IMAPS 2002, The 35th International Symposium on Microelectronics in Denver, Colo.


Industry Leaders Gather at North America MPM Forum 2002 to Discuss Status and Future of Manufacturing Process Management

(September 27, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- At the MPM Forum 2002 conference, held September 11 through 12 in Northville, Mich., the current state and future of Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) was discussed by executives and managers from EDS, Ford, General Motors and other major manufacturers, as well as senior executives from Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., the sponsor of the MPM Forum series.

Bliss Industries Announces Previously Owned Cart Program

(September 26, 2002) Fremont, Calif. -- Bliss Industries Inc. has launched a "Previously Owned Carts" program.

Second Annual Optical Communication Component Conference Set for Tokyo

(September 26, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's Second Annual Optical Communication Component Conference will be held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on October 30, 2002.

Parlex Nominates Russell D. Wright for the Board of Directors

(September 26, 2002) Methuen, Mass. -- Parlex Corp. has nominated Russell D. Wright to be a member of the Board of Directors, subject to shareholder approval at its Annual Meeting on November 26, 2002.

Accomplishments Within Electronics Assembly Industry to be Recognized at APEX(r) 2003

(September 25, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that several awards will be presented at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2003, taking place March 31 through April 2, 2003, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

SOLDERTEC to Present, Lead Discussion Group at COG Meeting

(September 24, 2002) Stanmore and Hertfordshire, UK -- The next Component Obsolescence Group (COG) meeting will be held September 25 and 26, 2002. The first day will focus on mechanical obsolescence and will be held at BAE Systems. The second day will cover COG activities and electronic obsolescence and will be held at the Node Conference Centre at Codicote.

Faraday Selects Agilent Technologies 93000 to Test USB 2.0 IP Cores

(September 25, 2002) Hsinchu, Taiwan and Palo Alto, Calif. -- Faraday Technology Corp. has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 93000 SOC Series test system to test Faraday's new USB 2.0 interconnect standard IP cores.

RF Micro Devices Adds New Member to Board of Directors

(September 25, 2002) Greensboro, N.C. -- RF Micro Devices Inc. has named Frederick J. Leonberger, Ph.D., a member of the Board of Directors.

Ask and Answer -- September 25, 2002

Ask and Answer is a forum where SMT professionals with questions can meet up with those with the answers.

V.J. Electronix Forms Strategic Alliance With American Competitiveness Institute

(September 23, 2002) Bohemia, N.Y. -- V.J. Electronix has formed a strategic alliance with the American Competitiveness Institute (ACI) to facilitate ACI's primary goal of aiding the advancement and integration of leading edge technologies in electronics manufacturing and related engineering applications.


Endevco Signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Sandia National Laboratories

(September 24, 2002) San Juan Capistrano, Calif. -- Endevco Corp has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Sandia National Laboratories.

IMAPS Announces 'Ceramic Interconnect Technology: The Next Generation' 2003 Conference

(September 24, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) and the Ceramic Interconnect Initiative (CII) will bring enabling ceramic interconnect technology to the forefront with the "Ceramic Interconnect Technology: The Next Generation" conference, scheduled for April 8 through 9, 2003, at the Westin Hotel in Denver, Colo.

SigmaTel Selects Teradyne Integra J750 Test System for Testing of PC Audio Codecs

(September 24, 2002) Taipei, Taiwan and Boston -- SigmaTel has selected Teradyne's Integra J750 test system.

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

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

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

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

EKRA, Fuji Machine Mfg. Form OEM Agreement

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

Speaking of this Week -- September 20, 2002

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

WHMA Lends Support to Assembly Technology Expo

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

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

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

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

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


Ask and Answer -- September 18, 2002

Ask and Answer is a forum where SMT professionals with questions can meet up with those with the answers.

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

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

KIC Opens First European Office

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

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

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

Jim Griffin Appointed Director of Marketing, Polyclad Laminates

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

Electronics Industry in Mexico Set for Decade of Growth

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

SMTA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

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

USVibra Reorganization Complete

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

Applied Systems Intelligence Receives $500,000 Investment

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

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

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


O.C. White Announces Annual Sales Awards Recipients

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

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

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

Cogiscan Names James Weik as Asia Regional Sales Manager

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking of this Week -- September 13, 2002

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

3SAE Technologies Reaches Agreement With Linsang Manufacturing

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

Interplex to Double Presence in China

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Coreco Imaging Named One of Canada's Top Companies

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

Pan Tech USA to Complete Wafer Bumping Services Facility by November

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

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AVX Names Garrett Electronics New Design Support Distributor

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

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

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

PSI Announces DFx Seminar

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

Tecnomatix Launches Series of Manufacturing Process Management Forums and Conferences Worldwide

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

Assembleon Partnerships Succeed In Competitive Asian Market

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

EXFO to Acquire Assets of Gnubi Communications

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


2002 IPC Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Signals for Increased Corporate Synergy

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

X-Tek Relocates to Tyngsboro, Mass.

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

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

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

Advanced Interconnections Receives Federal Recognition for Exporting Successes

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

Samurai Spirits Joins Asymtek's Distributor Network in Taiwan

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

Cookson Electronics Prospects Rise

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

IMAPS Symposium: Slump Still Underway, but Developments Continue

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

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

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

SMTA Programs for NEPCON West and Fiberoptic Expo Announced

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

Fluke Acquires IR Thermometry Company Raytek

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


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

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

Amkor Extends Business Alliance With Agilent Technologies

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

NEMI Sponsors Workshop on Product Take-Back and Recycling

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Barnwell Assumes IMAPS Presidency

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

Petroferm Contract Services Division Receives ISO 9001:2000 Registration

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

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

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

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

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


Speaking of this Week -- August 30, 2002

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

Nashua, Parlex in Talks on Circuit Technology Development

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

Paxton Products Celebrates 45 Years of Engineering Experience

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

Siemens Dematic EAS Americas Appoints New President

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

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

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

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

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

US Defense Agency Extends Contract With EXFO Burleigh Products

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

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

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

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

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

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MEMS Device Markets Expand into New Areas, Says Study by Peripheral Research

(August 28, 2002) Santa Barbara, Calif. -- The MEMS (micro electromechanical systems) markets are expected to triple between 2000 and 2005 from $3.8 billion to more than $11 billion.

Rockwell Scientific Delivers Long Wave Infrared Sensor Chip Assemblies for New U.S. Satellite Surveillance System

(August 28, 2002) Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Lexington, Mass. -- Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC (RSC) has delivered two very long wave infrared (VLWIR) sensor chip assemblies to Raytheon Co. for use on the U.S. Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Low program.

IEC Announces Third Quarter 2002 Results

(August 29, 2002) Newark, N.Y. -- IEC Electronics Corp. has reported results for the company's third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2002.

W.L. Gore & Associates, Alvesta Cross-License Quadlink 10-Gbit Optical Transceivers

(August 27, 2002) Elkton, Md. and Sunnyvale, Calif. -- W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. and Alvesta are cross-licensing four-channel parallel optic transceivers as defined by the QuadLink MSA, a multi-source agreement defining small footprint 4-channel optical transceivers.

Wilson Named President of Hitachi Computer Products (America) Ltd.

(August 27, 2002) Brisbane, Calif. -- Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has appointed George Wilson as president of its Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc. subsidiary based in Norman, Okla.

Advanced Interconnections Names Prime Distributing 2001 Western Region Distributor of the Year

(August 27, 2002) West Warwick, R.I. and Allen, Texas -- Advanced Interconnections Corp. has awarded its 2001 Distributor of the Year award for the Western Region to Prime Distributing Co.

Advanced Interconnections Names ICC Eastern Region Distributor of the Year

(August 26, 2002) West Warwick, R.I. and Moorestown, N.J. -- Advanced Interconnections Corp. presented its 2001 Distributor of the Year award for the Eastern Region to Interstate Connecting Components Inc.

IPC and JEDEC Revise, Release Two Component Assessment Standards

(August 26, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and JEDEC-the Solid State Technology Association have released two newly revised, jointly developed standards.

Technology Forecasters Releases Revised EMS Forecast

(August 26, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) has issued its revised mid-year forecast of the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry.

Flexible, In-line Technology for Commercial Wafer Level Processing

(August 26, 2002) Weymouth, UK -- Advanced packages such as chip scale package (CSP) and system in package (SiP) offer the electrical performance and small outline required to enable future generations of pervasive electronic products. This article explains how back end packaging processes and technology must become more flexible -- and better suited to in-line deployment -- for manufacturers to produce these packages at commercial prices.


SMTA Announces Annual Awards

(August 23, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA will honor six members at its Annual Meeting on September 24 during SMTA International in Chicago.

Speaking of this Week -- August 23, 2002

Progress rules! This week, there was lots of good ol' moving forward, which is good to see. Many companies in the electronics assembly industry continue to pair up and work together, and there's personnel news and announcements from trade associations and on upcoming trade shows as well. There's also a fly in the ointment this week.

Varian Medical Systems CEO Receives AeA/Stanford Executive Institute Alumnus Award

(August 23, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- AeA has presented Dick Levy, president and CEO of Varian Medical Systems, with the first annual AeA/Stanford Executive Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement by an alumnus.

DEK's 248 Screen Printer Now Available Online

(August 23, 2002) Zurich, Switzerland -- DEK has introduced an online ordering system for the newly updated DEK 248 screen printer.

Duraswitch Debuts Smart Overlay Technology; Receives Notice of Allowance from U.S. Patent Office

(August 23, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch has received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent Office for a smart overlay technology.

Newport Corp. Announces Cost Reduction Plans and Associated Division Reorganization

(August 22, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has announced a cost reduction program and a reorganization of its business units geared toward achieving profitability during this period of weak demand.

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Duraswitch Licensee Eastprint Manufactures Carwash Controls

(August 22, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch technology has been selected by a leading manufacturer of automated management systems and point-of-sale systems for carwash control panels.

NEMI Launches Project to Improve Fiber Optic Splicing

(August 22, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) is launching a new project to improve optical fiber splicing.

ElectroniCast Fiber Optic Industry Review Q2 2002 Published

(August 21, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast's "Fiber Optic Industry Review, Second Quarter 2002" is complete and available.


Hans Wunderl New Chief Executive Officer of ESEC

(August 21, 2002) Cham, Switzerland -- The Board of Directors of ESEC has appointed Hans Wunderl as chief executive officer as of October 1.

EDS, Tecnomatix Team to Deliver Breakthrough End-to-End Software Solution for Digitizing Manufacturing

(August 20, 2002) Plano, Texas and Nashua, N.H. -- EDS and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. have formed an alliance to jointly develop and deliver Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) software and best-practice solutions designed to decrease clients' manufacturing costs, shorten time-to-market, and increase quality.

Cogiscan Forms Partnership with V Tech SMT

(August 20, 2002) Quebec -- Cogiscan has formed a partnership with V Tech SMT Ltd. to resell and support the Cogiscan MSD control system for moisture sensitive device (MSD) tracking.

Cookson Electronics Equipment Upgrades HiE Stencil Printer Platforms to Windows NT

(August 20, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- To increase both performance and functionality, Cookson Electronics Equipment has upgraded the HiE versions of the MPM AP and UP 2000 stencil printers to Windows NT.

Jerry Sameth Receives Charles H. Glasier Award

(August 20, 2002) Parsippany, N.J. -- Jerry Sameth, an engineering manager at Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., has been awarded the Charles H. Glasier Safety Award.

Magna Steyr Chooses Tecnomatix eMPower to Optimize New Product Development

(August 19, 2002) Graz, Austria and Nashua, N.H. -- Magna Steyr has selected Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower for Quality software for a pilot project at its development center in Graz.

The Impact of Automation on the Fiber Optic Industry is Keynote Topic for Three Co-located Manufacturing Events

(August 19, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Attendees of Fiberoptic Automation Expo, NEPCON West and Assembly West will hear a free keynote address by Jeff Montgomery, founder and chairman of ElectroniCast Inc. on Thursday, December 5, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Duraswitch Forms Technology Alliance with Semtech

(August 19, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch and Semtech Corp. have formed a technology alliance to bring together Duraswitch's MagnaMouse multi-directional switch controls and Semtech's firmware technology.

IPC Participates in Optoelectronics Packaging, Manufacturing Symposium

(August 19, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) will participate in an electronics packaging symposium focusing on "Optoelectronics: Packaging and Manufacturing."

Speaking of this Week -- August 16, 2002

With the electronics industry in its annual August slowdown, the industry is taking the time to examine itself, with several studies and reports coming out this week. There's also word on several upcoming trade shows, as well as the ever-present progress news. Alliances and mergers move to the rear this week, as does personnel news.


Autosplice Provides Complete Engineering Solutions for Integrating Nitinol 'Muscle Wire' Actuators

(August 15, 2002) San Diego -- Autosplice has become a leading innovator in the design and assembly of "muscle wire" applications using nickel titanium (nitinol) materials that can be effectively used as alternatives to conventional solenoid assemblies.

AeA Survey Finds 84 Percent of High-Tech Workers Receive Stock Options

(August 16, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- A survey conducted by AeA, the nation's largest high-tech trade association, finds that public high-tech companies on average grant stock options to 84 percent of their employees.

Job Seekers, Employers Meet Through New Service at IMAPS 2002 in Denver

(August 16, 2002) Denver -- IMAPS 2002, The 35th International Symposium on Microelectronics, will provide, for the first time, an Employment Center that will bring together both job seekers looking for the "right" opportunity, and employers seeking qualified personnel.

IPC Conducts Salary Survey

(August 16, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and its Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association (SMEMA) recently conducted a confidential salary survey of companies that supply the electronics assembly industry.

ElectroniCast President Montgomery will Keynote at IPTC 2002 in Korea

(August 15, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast President Stephen Montgomery will be the keynote speaker at the Current State of the Photonics Industry Lecture Series at the International Photonics Technology Conference (IPTC), September 5 through 7, 2002, at the COEX Convention Center in Seoul, Korea.

Fox Opens Far East Plant, Expands Asia-Pacific Operations

(August 15, 2002) Fort Myers, Fla. -- Fox Electronics Inc. has increased its worldwide production capacity and expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Park Electrochemical Corp. Elects Senior Vice President in Charge of Asian Business Unit

(August 14, 2002) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. has elected Gary M. Watson to the position of senior vice president of Park Electrochemical Corp. in charge of its Asian Business Unit.

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Avnet Kent Chosen as Lambda Vega Power Supply Value-Added Reseller

(August 14, 2002) Phoenix -- Avnet Kent has been selected as a value-added reseller (VAR) for Lambda's new Vega power supply series.

Cookson Electronics Equipment Completes Relocation of Camalot Manufacturing Facility

(August 14, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment, formerly Speedline Technologies, has completed relocating the CAMALOT(r) manufacturing facility from Haverhill, Mass. to the company's corporate headquarters here.


IPC Announces Professional Development Course Schedule for 2002 IPC Annual Meeting

(August 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has released its schedule of professional development courses for the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, taking place November 3 through 7 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

SMTA Announces 2003 Pan Pacific Symposium Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

(August 13, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Eighth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium and Exhibit, held February 18 to 20, 2003, at the Orchid at Mauna Lani Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, is an international event promoting the exchange of technical information, which provides a forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals.

Rockwell Collins Expands Cabin Electronics Product Line with Completion of Airshow Acquisition

(August 13, 2002) Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Tustin, Calif. -- Rockwell Collins Inc. has expanded its cabin electronics product offering by completing the acquisition of Airshow Inc.

Avnet RF & Microwave Launches Wavelength Design Solutions

(August 13, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Avnet RF & Microwave, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing, has launched Wavelength Design Solutions (WDS), a new business unit that will provide services and products to offer a total solution to customers incorporating wireless technology into their end products.

ECTC Releases Call for Papers

(August 13, 2002) New Orleans -- The 53rd Electronic Components & Technology Conference will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel here on May 27 through 30, 2003.

Industry Report Names Tecnomatix Leader in Growing Manufacturing Process Management Space

(August 12, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- In a recently published report by the Frost & Sullivan research firm, the Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) market is "primed for robust growth" in both the mechanical and electronics manufacturing arenas.

IPC Annual Meeting Technical Conference Focuses On Industry's Redefining Technologies

(August 12, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the technical conference sessions to be presented Nov. 5 through 6, as part of the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La.

Frost & Sullivan Releases Study on the European MES Market

(August 12, 2002) London -- Over recent years, companies have ramped up investments in improving control operations on the plant floor with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and, at the next level, supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) that provide real-time display and visualization of plant processes, enabling operator interaction and the functionality of flagging alarms.

Petlock Moves to Portland, Ore. Suburb

(August 12, 2002) Vancouver, Wash. -- Petlock Inc. has completed its move from Southern California to a new 30,000 sq ft. home here.

Motorola Sells Equipment Manufacturing Assets to Zen Voce Manufacturing

(August 9, 2002) Schaumburg, Ill. and Singapore -- Motorola Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell some equipment manufacturing assets of Motorola Manufacturing Solutions -- Asia to Zen Voce Manufacturing Pte Ltd (Zen Voce), a wholly owned subsidiary of Zen Voce Holdings Pte Ltd.


Wavecom Selects Elcoteq as New Outsourcing Partner

(August 9, 2002) Paris and Helsinki, Finland -- Wavecom has awarded Elcoteq Network Corp. a deal to manufacture the company's WISMO Quik Q2400 wireless modules at Elcoteq's plant in Beijing, China.

Mentor Graphics Receives Patent for IC Simulation Inventions

(August 9, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has been awarded U.S. Patent 6,397,172 on its adaptive model evaluation technology, a key component of its Mach TA IC simulation design tool.

Speaking of this Week -- August 9, 2002

This has been a slow week (blame it on August), but what's come under the transom has been varied. We've got progress news this week, as well as the ever-present alliances and mergers, although not as many as in recent weeks. Trade associations weigh in on new laws, and two major companies announced their financial results, with one more in the works. Finally, there's a bit of personnel news.

Duraswitch Technologies Continues to Penetrate European Market

(August 9, 2002) Italy and Phoenix -- Switch manufacturer Tastitalia, a Duraswitch licensee, has successfully integrated Duraswitch technology into two customer programs.

Bioscrypt and HID Win Best of Show Product Award from BiometriTech 2002

(August 8, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Bioscrypt and HID Corp.'s V-Smart iCLASS reader was selected as "Best of Show" at the BiometriTech Expo and Conference held recently in New York.

Hitachi OMD Expands Sales Network for Contract Manufacturing

(August 8, 2002) Norman, Okla. -- Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc. - Oklahoma Manufacturing Division (OMD) has signed five additional Manufacturing Representative firms to represent Hitachi Contract Manufacturing Services, bringing the total number of firms to 11, some with multiple locations.

Alternative Outsourcing Models Gain Popularity in Electronics Industry

(August 8, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- As quickly as traditional contract manufacturing has grown (on average 25 percent per year since the 1970s), alternative outsourcing modes are now growing even faster, according to Technology Forecasters Inc.'s Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain.

LogicVision Forms New Engineering Support and Services Division

(August 7, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- LogicVision Inc. has formed the Engineering Support and Services Division, dedicated to providing engineering and consulting services for chip, board and system-level design for test (DFT).

Elcoteq Continues Refined Strategy of EMS to Communications Technology Providers

(August 7, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- At the beginning of 2002, Elcoteq Network Corp. began to reformulate its corporate strategy toward communications technology providers.

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Ansoft to Announce First Quarter Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast

(August 7, 2002) Pittsburgh -- Ansoft Corp. will release financial results for the first quarter ended July 31, 2002, after market close on Wednesday, August 21.

SOLDERTEC Requests Applications, Nominations for Lead-free Solder Awards 2002

(August 6, 2002) UK -- SOLDERTEC is offering individuals or organizations involved with development of lead-free technology the opportunity to apply for one of this year's Lead-free Solder Awards.

Duraswitch Announces Results for Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30

(August 6, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch announces financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2002.

Orbotech Announces Second Quarter 2002 Results

(August 6, 2002) Yavne, Israel -- Orbotech Ltd. announces its consolidated financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2002.

Reynolds Industries Awarded Bechtel Cable Assembly Contract

(August 6, 2002) Los Angeles -- Reynolds Industries has been awarded a new major contract from Bechtel to provide more than 800 cable assemblies for the U.S. Navy.

Standards Council of Canada Selects Flood for IEC President Nomination

(August 5, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, endorses the Standards Council of Canada's nomination of Tony Flood as a candidate for the President of IEC for the term of 2005 to 2007.

Advanced Interconnect Technologies and Nakaya Microdevices Form Joint Venture

(August 5, 2002) Tokyo and Pleasanton, Calif. -- Advanced Interconnect Technologies (AIT) and Nakaya Microdevices Corp. of Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture to provide subcontract assembly and test services to Japan.

High-tech Industry Hails Congressional Passage of Trade Bill

(August 5, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- AeA praises the United States Senate for its passage of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Conference Report by a vote of 64-34.

IPC Files Comments on EPA's MP&M Notice

(August 5, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has filed comments opposing the proposed effluent guidelines outlined in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) Notice of Data Availability (NODA).

Speaking of this Week -- August 2, 2002

Here in summer's doldrums, companies in the electronics assembly industry are finding each other's company, as evidenced by partnerships galore. Financial news and progress seem to point in an up direction, and there's a smattering of personnel news this week as well.


Coreco Reports Second Quarter Results

(August 2, 2002) Montreal -- Coreco Inc. has reported revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2002 of $4.9 million, an increase of 2 percent on a sequential basis from $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2002 and a decrease of 36 percent from $7.6 million reported in the second quarter of 2001.

Elcoteq, Benefon Agreement Closed

(August 2, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq and Benefon have reached final agreement on the transfer of three-fourths of the capacity of Benefon's R&D Center to Elcoteq's wholly owned subsidiary Elcoteq Design Center Oy.

Esterline to Sell Automation Segment

(August 2, 2002) Bellevue, Wash. -- Esterline Technologies plans to sell its Automation business segment, consisting of two separate companies, Excellon Automation Co. and W.A. Whitney Co., leading manufacturers of specialized equipment used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards and the fabrication of heavy plate steel, respectively.

Siliconix Quarterly Earnings Jump 120 Percent to 37 Cents per Share

(August 1, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- Siliconix inc. announces net income of $11.2 million, or 37 cents per share, for the second quarter ended June 29, 2002.

AIM Signs Exclusive North American Representative Agreement with Umicore for Ceramic Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Sputtering Targets

(August 1, 2002) Cranston, R.I. -- AIM Inc. has signed an exclusive representative agreement with Umicore Indium Products.

Enthone Licenses Lucent Technologies Electroplating Processes

(August 1, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Enthone Inc. has obtained a license from Lucent Technologies that grants Enthone global rights to Lucent's tin, tin-alloy, gold, palladium, palladium alloys and rhodium electroplating technologies, processes and patents.

Five New Companies Join NEMI

(August 1, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- Five organizations have joined the ranks of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI): FCI, Heraeus Inc., Jabil Circuit Inc., kSARIA Corp. and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.

Cost-Effective Practices for Lead-Free Wave Soldering

(August 1, 2002) Lead-free soldering is gradually becoming the standard of practice for manufacturers of PCBs worldwide. International and domestic legislation is demanding more lead-free production of environmentally friendly consumer products. Recent consumer economics has shown a willingness on the part of the consumer to seek out so-called "green" electronics and purchase the lead-free version, provided the cost difference is marginal.

Duraswitch Names Licensee Development Manager, Europe

(July 31, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch has named Martin Staines licensee development manager, Europe, effective tomorrow.

GSI Lumonics Web Site Available in Multiple Languages

(July 31, 2002) Ottawa and Wilmington, Mass. -- GSI Lumonics Inc. has translated key portions of its web site into seven languages, including German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and both simplified and traditional Chinese.


IPC and CAT Inc.'s PCQR2 Database Strengthens Links in Supply Chain Management

(July 31, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.) announce that 26 unique submittals have been received for their joint Printed Board Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) Benchmark Database.

Samsung's Brand Rises to 34th Most Recognized Worldwide

(July 30, 2002) Seoul, Korea -- Business Week has ranked Samsung's brand the 34th best worldwide with a brand value of US $8.31 billion, up from a 42nd place ranking last year for its annual "Best Global Brands" issue.

IPC Opens Office in China

(July 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) opened its IPC Shanghai, China office on Wednesday, July 24, 2002.

Kirk Lauver Joins PEI Staff

(July 30, 2002) Milford, Mass. -- Kirk Lauver has joined Photofabrication Engineering Inc. (PEI) as a staff engineer responsible for process improvements and optimization.

DuPont Photomasks Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2002 Results

(July 30, 2002) Round Rock, Texas -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. has announced results for the fiscal year and quarter ended June 30, 2002.

ProFlow DirEKt Imaging Global Strategy Continues

(July 29, 2002) Weymouth, UK and Marlborough, Mass. -- DEK and EKRA have concluded an agreement that will give each company access to aspects of the other's intellectual property.

Henkel Loctite Adds Technical Seminar on Lead-free Solder Technology

(July 29, 2002) Industry, Calif. -- Henkel Loctite Corp. will hold the latest in its a series of technical seminars on "Understanding Lead Free Solder" on August 29, 2002, at Siemens Dematic, located at 3140 Northwoods Parkway in Norcross, Ga., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MSL Reports Second Quarter Cash EPS of 12 Cents Exceeding Consensus, Strengthens Balance Sheet

(July 29, 2002) Concord, Mass. -- MSL has released its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2002.

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

(July 26, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

Speaking of this Week -- July 26, 2002

With the end of the second quarter on June 30, financial news has come back to the forefront this week. In addition, partnerships continue to make headlines, as well as news of partnerships. Finally, three trade organizations weigh in with announcements this week.


Jaguar Selects Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions as Manufacturing Partner

(July 26, 2002) Manchester, England -- Jaguar Cars Ltd. has chosen the new Vehicle Configuration and Test Solutions (VCATS) from Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions for its assembly line vehicle test and configuration requirements.

Tecnomatix Announces Second Quarter 2002 Results

(July 26, 2002) Herzlia, Israel -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2002.

Newport Corp. Reports Second Quarter and Six-Month 2002 Results

(July 25, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2002, reflecting continued strength in orders and sales to its semiconductor capital equipment customers and other end markets, offset in part by ongoing weakness in its fiber optic communications business.

BTU International Announces CEO Succession

(July 25, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- Mark R. Rosenzweig, formerly chief executive of BOC Edwards America, has succeeded Paul J. van der Wansem as president and CEO of BTU International.

Cookson Electronics Equipment and REsys Deliver Advanced Cleaning and Filtration Systems

(July 25, 2002) Franklin, Mass. and Salem, Ore. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment and REsys Inc. have announced two new water treatment and recycling systems, Value-Loop and Jet-Loop.

Four New Directors Named to NEMA Board

(July 25, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Board of Governors elected four new Board members at its July 18 meeting.

Ask and Answer -- July 24, 2002

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Advantest Announces Notice Concerning Offering for Sale of Shares

(July 24, 2002) Tokyo -- Advantest Corp. resolved at a meeting of its Board of Directors to register the sale of shares of common stock of Advantest in the United States and other areas outside Japan.

Arrow Electronics Engineers Share Their Experiences Through One-Day Courses

(July 24, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- Arrow Electronics Inc. has launched the first in a series of technology-based training courses for its engineering customers.

IPC and NEMI Sponsor Symposium on Lead-Free Electronics September 18-19 in Montreal

(July 24, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. and Herndon, Va. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) are sponsoring a symposium on lead-free electronics September 18 and 19 in Montreal.


Universal Reveals New Flip Chip Capabilities

(July 23, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Universal Instruments launched its newest flip chip capabilities at SEMICON West 2002 in San Jose at Booth 11627.

Asymtek Appoints Yosuke Sagami General Manager in Japan

(July 23, 2002) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek has added Yosuke Sagami as general manager of the Nordson-Asymtek Kabushiki Kaisha (NAKK) facility in Tokyo, Japan.

LogicVision Expands Global Distribution

(July 23, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- LogicVision Inc. has expanded its global distribution with the selection of D'Gipro Design Automation & Marketing Pvt. Ltd., as the exclusive distributor for LogicVision products in India.

Solectron Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer for 2.75 Percent LYONs

(July 23, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has announced preliminary results of its previously announced Modified Dutch Auction tender offer for up to $1.5 billion principal amount at maturity of its 2.75 percent Liquid Yield Option Notes due 2020 and issued in May 2000 (2.75 percent LYONs).

Tessera and Walton Advanced Electronics Sign Licensing Agreement

(July 22, 2002) Taiwan and San Jose, Calif. -- Walton Advanced Electronics has signed a Tessera Compliant Chip license that will enable Walton to build advanced packages for high-performing DRAM chips used in gaming consoles, corporate servers and other performance-intensive computing products.

Benchmark Electronics Reports Sequential Quarterly Increases in Revenues and Earnings for Second Quarter 2002

(July 22, 2002) Angleton, Texas -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. announced sales revenue of $404.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2002, compared to $329.2 million in the previous quarter and $317.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year.

IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) Still Successfully Achieving Attendees' Business Goals, Survey Finds

(July 22, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has reported the findings from its IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002 Attendee Survey.

SOLDERTEC Launches EU Industry Survey About November 2002 Lead-Free Technology Roadmap

(July 22, 2002) UK -- SOLDERTEC has initiated an EU industry survey for 2002 that offers an opportunity for European based companies to provide input into the planned November 2002 Lead-Free Technology Roadmap.

Speaking of this Week - July 19, 2002

I'm writing this late at night in a hotel room in San Jose, Calif., where I'm attending SEMICON West. The show floor is buzzing with traffic, good news, new faces and news of partnerships. Likewise, the word from the electronics assembly industry overwhelmingly is weighted toward companies coming together (and reaping the fruits of their labor from doing so), personnel news, good news and information about upcoming tradeshows.

MRSI Expands Asia Pacific Operations with Appointment of Vincent Chin

(July 19, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, has appointed Vincent Chin to the position of applications engineer for the Asia-Pacific region.


Richardson Electronics Subsidiary Awarded QS-9000 Registration

(July 18, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd.'s North American Center of Excellence, TRL Technologies Inc., has been awarded QS-9000 registration from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2003 Volunteers Introduced

(July 19, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the volunteers comprising its IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2003 Trade Show Subcommittee and Technical Program Committee.

Lifestream Technologies Inc. Engages Sanmina-SCI as Primary Manufacturing Partner

(July 19, 2002) Post Stream, Idaho -- Lifestream Technologies has engaged Sanmina-SCI as the primary manufacturer for its Lifestream Cholesterol Monitor.

Cobar Europe Promotes Ineke Van Tiggelen-Aarden to Technical Manager

(July 18, 2002) Breda, The Netherlands -- Cobar Europe has promoted Ineke Van Tiggelen-Aarden to the position of technical manager.

IPC Newsletter Earns National Recognition

(July 18, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries'(r) online management newsletter, The Balance Sheet, received the 2002 Award for Publication Excellence, sponsored by the editors of Writing that Works: The Business Communications Report.

kSARIA Expands into Asia-Pacific Market

(July 18, 2002) Wilmington, Mass. and Tokyo -- kSARIA Corp. has signed an exclusive agreement with Daiichi Jitsugyo Co. Ltd. (DJK) to distribute its products throughout Japan, China and Korea.

Ask and Answer - July 17, 2002

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AIM Signs CASTIN Lead-free License Agreements with Accurus and Dyfenco of Taiwan

(July 17, 2002) Cranston, R.I. and Taiwan -- AIM Inc. has signed a worldwide license agreement for AIM's patented lead-free alloy, trade-named CASTIN with Accurus Scientific Co., Ltd. and Dyfenco Electronic Chemical Corp.

Photon Dynamics Completes Acquisition of Infrared Screening and Inspection Solutions

(July 17, 2002) San Jose, Calif. and Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- Photon Dynamics Inc. completed its acquisition of the Infrared Screening and Inspection Solutions (ISIS) Division of ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. (ART) on Friday, July 12, 2002, after market close.

NEMI Launches New Lead-free Hybrid Assembly and Rework Project

(July 17, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has launched the Lead-Free Hybrid Assembly and Rework Project.


MSC Names NICO Steel as Agent in Southeast Asia

(July 16, 2002) Elk Grove Village, Ill. -- MSC Engineered Materials and Solutions Group has appointed NICO Steel as its agent for sales to electronic OEMs in Southeast Asia.

Cookson Electronics Provides Worldwide Access to All Major Lead-free Solder Technologies

(July 16, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- The execution of an exclusive lead-free licensing agreement between Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials and the Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) for access to its Sn/Ag/Cu U.S. patent means that, when combined with similar agreements already in place, Cookson can offer worldwide access to all the most significant lead-free solder technologies being considered in the electronics assembly industry.

CTS Awarded Second Major Belt Tension Sensor Program for Advanced Occupant Restraint System

(July 16, 2002) Elkhart, Ind. -- A second major international vehicle manufacturer has selected CTS Automotive Products to supply seat belt tension sensors (BTS) for use in passenger vehicles.

Hirotaka Takeuchi Joins Flextronics' Board of Directors

(July 16, 2002) Singapore -- Hirotaka Takeuchi, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University, one of Japan's most prominent universities, was appointed to Flextronics' Board of Directors.

Xanoptix Inc. Announces Tyco Electronics as Licensee for High Fiber Count MT Ferrule

(July 15, 2002) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. -- Xanoptix Inc. and Tyco Electronics Corp. have completed a licensing agreement for the use of Xanoptix's high fiber count MT-based ferrule in Tyco Electronics' fiber optic cable assemblies.

Circuit Search Adds Office in China

(July 15, 2002) Beijing, China -- Circuit Search has added Harry Tong to its team here.

Micronetics Expands Defense Electronics Group

(July 15, 2002) Hudson, N.H. -- Micronetics Wireless Inc. announces that two new executives have joined the company to strengthen and expand the Defense Electronics Group's sales and engineering organizations.

Parlex Corporation Receives `Best In Class' Supplier Award from PSC Inc.

(July 15, 2002) Methuen, Mass., Salem, N.H., and Portland, Ore. -- Parlex Corp.'s Laminated Cable operations were recently recognized for their outstanding performance as a preferred supplier to PSC Inc.

Speaking of this Week -- July 12, 2002

This week's news can be summed up in three simple categories: progress, mergers and alliances, and tradeshow news. Oh, and there's a personnel announcement thrown in for good measure.

Annual Assembly Technology Expo Features More than 40 Conference Sessions

(July 12, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- The Assembly Technology Expo 2002 Conference will feature state-of-the-art education developed specifically for manufacturing professionals by several of their most respected industry associations.


AP Industrial Designs Duraswitch Technology Into Medical Laser Control Panels

(July 12, 2002) Phoenix -- AP Industrial, a licensed Duraswitch technology manufacturer, is supplying control panels incorporating Duraswitch's patented PushGate pushbutton to Erchonia for its medical laser products.

Gel-Pak Opens New East Coast Quik-Pak Facility

(July 12, 2002) Hayward, Calif. -- Gel-Pak has opened a new facility for its Quik-Pak division in Burlington, Vt.

May Crossword Puzzle - The Answers

Stumped on a crossword answer? Want to make sure you're right? Here are the answers to May SMT Board Games. Check out the winning answer to A&Q from Gene Rigsby of Chicago!

CCT Laser Services Moves to New Facility

(July 11, 2002) Tracy, Calif. -- CCT Laser Services has moved its entire operation to a new 8,750 sq. ft building here.

ITRI and Tin Technology Appoint New President

(July 11, 2002) Brunel University Science Park, UK -- ITRI Ltd (formerly International Tin Research Institute) and its sister organization, Tin Technology Ltd., has appointed Dato' Mohd Ajib Anuar as its new president.

Engineering Focus Groups Help Create Web-based Adhesive Selection and Procurement Resource

(July 11, 2002) Bridgewater, N.J. -- Permabond, together with the research input of design and manufacturing engineers from the United States and Europe, has created a Web-based engineering adhesives design, application, selection and procurement tool.

Ask and Answer - July 10, 2002

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Polyclad Laminates Taiwan Operation Receives OHSAS 18001 Certification

(July 10, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates, Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, received certification to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 specification for its operation located in Yangmei Taoyuan, Taiwan R.O.C.

SMTA International Conference Program Finalized

(July 10, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA Annual Conference, SMTA International (Sunday, September 22 through Thursday, September 26, at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.), is dedicated to surface mount, advanced packaging and related technologies and will address today's most pressing issues facing the electronics manufacturing and assembly industry.

Viscom Dedicates Facilities Expansion at World Headquarters

(July 10, 2002) Hanover, Germany -- Viscom AG has expanded its world headquarters facilities here to include a new main building and a third production facility.


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