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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BuS Elektronik Chooses Viscom AOI 'QuickScan' Technology
(July 9, 2002) Riesa, Germany and Norcross, Ga. -- BuS Elektronik has selected Viscom's new C3043 QuickScan AOI inspection system to handle its high-volume, high inspection quality requirements as it integrates AOI into its manufacturing process.
Cookson Electronics Marks 2,500th Shipment of MPM Ultraprint Stencil Printer to Bontec
(July 9, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment, formerly Speedline Technologies, has shipped the 2,500th MPM Ultraprint 2000 Stencil Printer to Bontec, a Korean manufacturer of components for the automotive industry.
Fortieth Annual NEPCON East Event a Successful Gathering for East Coast Electronics Manufacturing Industry
(July 8, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- The 40th annual NEPCON East electronics manufacturing trade show and conference, held June 10 through 12, 2002, at the Bayside Expo and Conference Center in Boston, drew 2,754 attendees interested in the latest products and technologies available to help reduce cycle times, minimize defects and cut costs.
Speaking of this Week - July 5, 2002
This short week for many of us started out with a bang -- and I'm not talking about the fireworks yesterday. On Monday the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting threshold for lead compounds was cut from 25,000 lb to 100 lb. In the good news department, personnel news came back on the front burner, acquisitions were flying, and there was progress and financial news galore.
Dominic Yeo Appointed Director of Global Facilities Engineering, Polyclad Laminates
(July 5, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Dominic Yeo has been appointed Director of Global Facilities Engineering, Polyclad Laminates by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.
SMTA International Events Focus on 0201 Assembly
(July 5, 2002) Minneapolis -- For industry professionals involved in 0201 assembly, three technical sessions and one lecture during SMTA International (September 22-26 at Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.) will be dedicated to issues regarding design, assembly, inspection, and cost of using 0201 components.
A Look at the Electronics Market from a European Perspective
(July 2, 2002) Nuremberg, Germany -- At the SMT/Hybrid/Packaging Conference this June, Horst Lettner, CEO of SEHO Seitz & Hohnerlein GmbH, presented electronics market figures from the Productronics Association of VDMA, The German Engineering Federation in Frankfurt, Germany.
Photon Dynamics Provides Equipment for World's First Fifth-Generation Production Facility
(July 1, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. is continuing its relationship with LG.Philips LCD to produce the world's largest and first fifth-generation, thin-film transistor (TFT)-LCD fabrication facility.
Former Arrow Executive Joins NRC
(July 1, 2002) Boca Raton, Fla. -- Renee Michon, former general manager of Arrow Electronics of South Florida, has been named vice president of sales of NRC Electronics Inc.
Speaking of this Week - June 28, 2002
This week, Northbrook, Ill.-based IPC(r) -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries released its bellwether Book-to-Bill Ratio for May. There's also lots of good news to be found in announcements of progress of different kinds, as well as the ever-present industry alliances, a bit of personnel news, and some tradeshow and legislation announcements.
IPC President Visits Capitol Hill on Behalf of Small Business
(June 28, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) president Denny McGuirk recently testified before the House of Representatives Small Business Committee Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on "The Lead Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Rule: Costs, Compliance and Science."
Crown International Signs Three Year Agreement With M~Wave
(June 28, 2002) Elkhart, Ind. and Bensenville, Ind. -- Crown International, a Harman International company, has signed a three-year Supply Chain Management agreement with M~Wave Inc. using its Virtual Manufacturing Concept.
Northrop Grumman Senior Executive to Address Presidents at 2002 IPC Annual Meeting
(June 27, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connection Electronics Industries(r) announces that Frank G. Brandenberg, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, will be the keynote speaker at a joint management session taking place at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, November 3 through 7, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
The Latest On Laser Marking For SMT Traceability -- An Interview With Rofin-Baasel
(June 26, 2002) Boxborough, Mass. -- Traceability is no longer a matter of simple "travelers." Today it must encompass all information relevant to the design, verification, components, production, build and test of each total assembly. Indemnification information, company-specific coding, and often tamper-proof encryption of information may also be added to protect highly proprietary technologies.
SEMICON West - San Francisco - Program Highlights
(June 25, 2002) San Francisco -- Held here July 22 through 24, 2002, at the Moscone Center, SEMICON West (Wafer Processing) is packed with courses, classes and networking opportunities.
SEMICON West San Jose - Program Highlights
(June 24, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Held here July 17 through 19, 2002, at the San Jose Convention Center, SEMICON West (Final Manufacturing) is packed with courses, classes and networking opportunities.
IRC Names Comstrand as New Sales Rep for Minnesota Territory
(June 24, 2002) Boone, N.C. and Corpus Christi, Texas -- IRC Inc. and Welwyn Components, divisions of TT electronics plc, have appointed Comstrand as the sales representative for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.
Speaking of this Week - June 21, 2002
This week, there's a whole lot of progress, especially expansion into Asia, particularly China. Companies continue to team up, and there's more personnel news, a good sign. In the meantime, trade organizations are busy with the upcoming tradeshow season.
Palm Inc.'s Michael Mace to Keynote NEPCON West
(June 21, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Michael Mace, chief competitive officer of PalmSource Inc., will present his insights into the future of the mobile device market with attendees on Wednesday, December 4 at NEPCON West 2002.
Universal Instruments Opens $1 Million Technology Excellence Center in China
(June 19, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. is increasing its commitment to China with the opening of a new US$1 million research and training technology center in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
Solectron Completes Optical Equipment Transaction with Lucent
(June 18, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has completed a transaction that makes it the primary manufacturing services provider for Lucent Technologies' advanced optical systems, including key Lambda and WaveStar product families.