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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.

Ask and Answer - August 28, 2002

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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.

Ask and Answer - August 21, 2002

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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.

Ask and Answer - August 14, 2002

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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.

Ask and Answer -- August 7, 2002

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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.

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.

DEK Partners in Encapsulation Technology with Kulicke & Soffa in San Jose

(July 9, 2002) Flemington, N.J. -- DEK will be co-exhibiting the StenSEAL encapsulation process at Kulicke & Soffa's (K&S) SEMICON West booth, 10708 McEnery Hall in the San Jose Convention Center July 17-19.

Canadian Licensee for Duraswitch GGI Provides Switches for Medical Industry

(July 9, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee GGI (Graham Group International) is providing switch solutions for the medical industry using Duraswitch's patented PushGate technology.

ElectronicChina and SEMICON China to Cooperate in 2003

(July 8, 2002) Munich, Germany -- Messe Muenchen International (MMI) and Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) have agreed to cooperate for electronicChina and SEMICON China in 2003.

Flextronics Expands Network Services Business With Acquisition of Elisa Instalia

(July 8, 2002) Stockholm, Sweden -- Flextronics will be acquiring assets and operations from Elisa Instalia, the installation and maintenance company of Elisa.

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.

NGK Insulators Announces New U.S. Company

(July 8, 2002) Sunnyvale, Calif. -- NGK Insulators Ltd. (Japan) has formed a new U.S. company, NGK Electronics USA Inc.

Dot Hill, Solectron Sign Manufacturing Agreement

(July 5, 2002) Carlsbad and Milpitas, Calif. -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. has signed a manufacturing agreement with Solectron Corp.

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.

Amkor Confirms Second Quarter Guidance

(July 5, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. has confirmed that it expects second quarter assembly and test revenue to increase approximately 20 percent from the first quarter of 2002.

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.

DEK Extends Stencil and Custom Tooling Capabilities Through Acquisition of Acumen

(July 3, 2002) Zurich, Switzerland -- DEK has strategically expanded its stencil and custom-tooling capabilities by acquiring Acumen Technology.

Desco Industries Acquires SpectraScan

(July 3, 2002) Chino, Calif. and Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Desco Industries Inc. has acquired the assets of SpectraScan International Inc.

Douglas Brenner Appointed Senior Vice President of Elcoteq Network Corp. and President Elcoteq Americas

(July 3, 2002) Dallas -- Douglas Brenner has been appointed president of Elcoteq Americas and a member of the Elcoteq Management Team as senior vice president effective June 26, 2002.

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.

Duraswitch Presenting at Friedland Capital Technology Luncheon

(July 2, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch President and CEO Bob Brilon will present the company's overview and business strategy to institutional and retail investors attending the Friedland Capital Technology Luncheon in Chicago on Tuesday, July 9.

New IPC Programs Offer PCB Designers Interactive Taste of Certification Program

(July 2, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- The IPC Designers Council has created two interactive training aids for printed circuit board (PCB) designers who want to test their basic knowledge about design.

EXFO Posts 12 Percent Sales Growth Quarter-Over-Quarter

(July 2, 2002) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has posted a sequential sales growth of 12 percent following the release of financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2002.

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.

AVX Receives Ceramic Society Corporate Technical Achievement Award

(July 1, 2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. has received the Corporate Technical Achievement Award (CTAA) from The American Ceramic Society, the world's leading organization dedicated to the advancement of ceramics.

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.

Parlex Corp.'s UK Subsidiary Receives QS 9000 and ISO 14001 Certifications

(July 1, 2002) Methuen, Mass. -- Parlex Corp. UK subsidiary Poly-Flex Circuits Ltd. has recently achieved QS 9000 and ISO 14001 certification.

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.

Datacon Ranked No. 1 Assembly Equipment Supplier

(June 28, 2002) Radfeld, Austria -- Datacon Technology AG has received the No. 1 position in the prestigious annual VLSI Research "10 BEST Award" in the Assembly Equipment category, which is based on a global survey of semiconductor manufacturers.

July 1 -- TRI -- and You

(June 27, 2002) Just what electronics manufacturers don't need -- another hoop to jump through, this time provided by the EPA.

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.

Tecnomatix Bolsters International Distribution Network

(June 27, 2002) Nashua, N.H. and Brentwood and Coventry, UK -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has expanded the reach of its international network of product and industry specialists by signing a reseller agreement with Majenta Solutions Ltd.

Ask and Answer - June 26, 2002

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

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

Data I/O Celebrates 30 Years in Device Programming

(June 26, 2002) Redmond, Wash. -- Data I/O Corp. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this quarter.

Duraswitch Licensee Tastitalia Announces Additional Project Wins

(June 26, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee Tastitalia has secured two additional projects using Duraswitch PushGate technology for SCE, an Italian-based leader in the electronic automation industry.

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.

Tecnomatix, Corelis Enter into Agreement to Provide Productivity Tools for Boundary-Scan Testing

(June 25, 2002) Nashua, N.H. and California -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has formed an agreement with Corelis Inc. to offer seamless integration with Corelis' ScanPlus boundary-scan test tools.

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.

Celestica Recognizes AVX with Fourth Year Global Supplier Award

(June 25, 2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. has received a Partners in Performance award for the fourth consecutive year from Celestica Inc.

Frost & Sullivan and the Surface Mount Technology Association Offer SMTA Members Detailed Market Research

(June 25, 2002) San Jose, Calif. and Minneapolis -- Frost & Sullivan has formed an agreement with the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA).

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.

Cogiscan Forms Alliance With Production Automation

(June 24, 2002) Quebec, Canada -- Cogiscan has formed an alliance with Production Automation Corp. to provide sales representation for the Cogiscan line of automated material and process control systems.

Esterline Technologies Adds Aerospace Custom Switch Operation to Mix

(June 24, 2002) Bellevue, Wash. and Burbank, Calif. -- Esterline Technologies has acquired Janco Corp.

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.

Teradyne Elects Two Vice Presidents

(June 24, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. has elected James Federico and Wayne Morrison as vice presidents at the company's Board of Directors meeting in May.

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.

Elcoteq to Manufacture Combined GSM/GPRS and WLAN Terminals For Wireless House

(June 21, 2002) Helsinki, Finland and Sweden -- Elcoteq Network Corp. has formed an agreement with Wireless House AB to manufacture the GiSMO Communicator at Elcoteq's plant in Tallinn, Estonia.

GE Fanuc Automation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

(June 21, 2002) Charlottesville, Va. -- GE Fanuc Automation is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the joint venture between parent companies GE Industrial Systems and FANUC Ltd. of Japan.

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.

IEC Presents Fellow Award to John Chambers

(June 20, 2002) Chicago -- The International Engineering Consortium recently presented the IEC Fellow Award to John Chambers, president and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems, in a ceremony in Atlanta.

SMT/Hybrid/Packaging 2002 a Hot Success

(June 20, 2002) Nuremberg, Germany -- Temperatures soared to 36 degrees C, the hottest for June 19 in 35 years, but the attendees just kept coming.

Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. Appoints Vice President of Technical Marketing

(June 20, 2002) Albuquerque -- David L. Wolf has joined Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. as vice president of technical marketing, responsible for sales, marketing and technical support.

Electronics Workbench Appoints New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

(June 20, 2002) Toronto -- Electronics Workbench has appointed Dan Winters to the position of vice president of sales and marketing.

Flextronics Expands Design Resources Through Acquisition of BlueLabs

(June 20, 2002) Stockholm -- Flextronics will be acquiring BlueLabs AB from Frontec AB.

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.

DEK Appoints Bramham as General Manager

(June 19, 2002) Weymouth, UK -- DEK has appointed Richard Bramham as general manager, process support products worldwide.

SMART Modular Technologies Selects Impulsesoft As Its Bluetooth Products Software Provider

(June 19, 2002) Amsterdam, The Netherlands -- SMART Modular Technologies Inc. has licensed Implusesoft Pvt Ltd.'s software as the standard for its Bluetooth solutions.

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.

The Effects of High-Temperature Soldering on Solder Joints

(June 18, 2002) So much of the literature discussing soldering temperature is so vague that discussions in the workplace generally turn to experience as the ultimate authority. Low-temperature verses high-temperature soldering is debated until a lively personal testimonial is usually given that runs something like this: "When I turn my soldering iron up to about 800 degrees F, I get much better results. It's much easier -- and faster."

Cencorp Offers Depaneling Contract Services

(June 18, 2002) Longmont, Colo. -- Cencorp, an operating division of PMJ Automec Oyj, is offering contract depaneling services.

Newport Corp. Completes Sale of U.S.-Based Metrology Assets

(June 18, 2002) Irvine, Calif. and Rochester, N.Y. -- Newport Corp. has completed the sale of its U.S.-based non-contact metrology business to an affiliate of Optical Gaging Products (OGP).

Qualitek Expands Asia-Pacific Headquarters

(June 18, 2002) Addison, Ill. -- Qualitek International Inc. has opened the expanded facility of Qualitek Singapore Pte. Ltd., the Asia-Pacific headquarters of the group.

IPC SMEMA Council's APEX Welcomes New Volunteers

(June 17, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) introduces the new volunteers comprising its IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2003 Trade Show Subcommittee and Technical Program Committee.

DEK Web Site Helps Win Kingfield Order

(June 17, 2002) Chesterfield and Weymouth, UK -- Kingfield Electronics found all the information it needed about DEK as a company and its products through DEK's Web site to make a decision to buy a DEK entry level automatic (ELA) printing machine.

Kulicke & Soffa Receives Order for 65 Wire Bonders

(June 17, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. and Willow Grove, Pa. -- Amkor Technology has ordered 65 Model 8028-PPS ball bonders from Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc.

Showtime at the Bayside

(June 17, 2002) Boston -- Co-located with Electro 2002, the NEPCON East conference and exhibition took place at the Bayside Expo & Conference Center in Boston from June 10 through 12.

Speaking of this Week - June 14, 2002

This week, association doings and announcements dominated the headlines, while companies continue to team up in various ways, and progress continues to be made. There's also a look at the current situation, as well as a peek at the future.

SMTA Announces First-Ever Complete SMT Process Certification

(June 13, 2002) Minneapolis -- After several years of research and development, the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) announced the launch of a certification program for the complete SMT process.

Haigh-Farr Selects Agilent Technologies Advanced Design System

(June 14, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Haigh-Farr has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s Advanced Design System (ADS) to help speed its new product designs and increase product development capabilities.

Quality Vision International Acquires RAM Optical Instrumentation

(June 14, 2002) Rochester, N.Y. and Tempe, Ariz. -- Quality Vision International Inc. (QVI) has acquired RAM Optical Instrumentation Inc. (ROI(r)) from Newport Corp.

Ask and Answer - June 12, 2002

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Genesis Electronics Manufacturing Certified to ISO 9000/2000

(June 13, 2002) Oldsmar, Fla. -- Genesis Electronics Manufacturing (GEM) Inc. has been certified to ISO 9000/2000 by auditing agency UL.

Inaugural IPC/JEDEC Conference Helps Get the Lead Out

(June 13, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and JEDEC report that more than 290 individuals attended its first International Conference on Lead-Free Electronic Components and Assemblies.

Viscom Launches Online Customer Forum

(June 11, 2002) Norcross, Ga. -- Viscom USA's Web site offers an interactive online customer forum, a support tool for customer's daily manufacturing operations.

Elcoteq to Manufacture Phones for Chinese Soutec

(June 12, 2002) China and Helsinki, Finland -- Guangzhou Southern High-Tech Co. Ltd. has chosen Elcoteq Network Corp. as its manufacturing partner.

Forty Gbps Will Go Commercial in 2004, According to ElectroniCast

(June 12, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp., the first substantial deployment of 40 Gbps-per-channel, long-haul network equipment in revenue traffic will occur in 2004.

California PCB Manufacturers Revive Training Initiative

(June 12, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries'(r) California Circuits Association (CCA) is in the process of establishing an educational program for PCB fabrication training.

Aries Adds Prime Manufactures Representative to Representative Network

(June 11, 2002) Bohemia, N.Y. and Frenchtown, N.J. -- Prime Manufacturers Representative (PMR) has joined Aries Electronics' growing national representative network.

APEX(r) 2002 Draws Qualified Audience, Survey Says

(June 11, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) today reported the findings from its IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2002 Attendee Survey.

Mentor Graphics to Offer Convertible Subordinated Notes

(June 11, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. will commence an offering of $150 million in principal amount of Convertible Subordinated Notes to be issued pursuant to Rule 144A.

Vitronics Soltec Opens China Sales, Support Office

(June 10, 2002) Oosterhout, The Netherlands -- Vitronics Soltec BV has opened a new sales and support office in Shanghai, China, effective April 25, 2002.

National Survey: Middle-Market Consumer and Industrial Products Industry Focus on Customer Relationships

(June 10, 2002) Chicago -- According to a recent national survey by Grant Thornton LLP, middle-market business leaders in the consumer and industrial products (CIP) industry are focusing on customers, with company leadership spending more time listening to customer needs.

Mentor Graphics Corp. Closes Tender Offer for Innoveda

(June 10, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. and Marlboro, Mass. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has completed its cash tender offer for the shares of common stock of Innoveda Inc., at a price of $3.95 per share.

Robert Brilon Named Duraswitch Chairman

(June 10, 2002) Phoenix -- Robert J. Brilon, Duraswitch president and CEO, has been appointed to the Board of Directors and named chairman.

Speaking of this Week - June 7, 2002

There are more alliances going on in the electronics assembly industry than an episode of Survivor. News of new personnel and high-level promotions also is flying. The progress train keeps chugging along as well, and seems to be picking up some speed. We've also got some association news.

Toshiba, Tessera Sign Expanded Licensing and Technology Agreement for Chip-Scale Packages

(June 6, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Tessera Technologies Inc. has signed an expanded technology licensing agreement with Toshiba Corp. that enables Tessera to act as the licensor of Toshiba's fine-pitch BGA (FBGA) assembly process for "face-up" chip scale packages (CSPs).

DL Technology Forms Alliance With Axend

(June 7, 2002) Haverhill, Mass. and Singapore -- DL Technology, LLC has formed an alliance with Axend Private Ltd. for sales representation in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

NEMA Lamp Manufacturers Reduce Use of Mercury by 67 Percent

(June 7, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces that its lamp manufacturers are significantly reducing the use of mercury in fluorescent and HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps.

Ask and Answer - June 5, 2002

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August Technology Signs Agreement to Acquire Semiconductor Technologies & Instruments (STI)

(June 6, 2002) Minneapolis and Plano, Texas -- August Technology Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Semiconductor Technologies and Instruments Inc. (STI).

Desco Industries Acquires Protektive Pack Division of Brick Container

(June 6, 2002) Chino and La Mirada, Calif. -- Desco Industries Inc. has acquired the Protektive Pak Division of Brick Container Corp.

Insulfab Plastics Launches New Offerings in Northeast, Upper Midwest

(June 6, 2002) Franklin, N.H. -- Insulfab Plastics Inc.'s facility here has begun offering PCB process tooling to the upper Northeast and upper Midwest customers.

ZESTRON Cleaning Processes Compatible with BRADY Labels

(June 4, 2002) Ashburn, Va. -- ZESTRON and BRADY have teamed up to guarantee the material compatibility with identification label materials.

ESI Names Vice President of Electronic Component Systems Business

(June 5, 2002) Portland, Ore. -- Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) has named Keith Taft a vice president of the company.

Nippon Express Selects Tecnomatix eMPower to Enhance its Operations Process

(June 5, 2002) Tokyo and Nashua, N.H. -- Nippon Express Co. of Japan has purchased Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower solutions to optimize its operations process.

Richardson Electronics, AVX Sign Distribution Agreement

(June 5, 2002) La Fox, Ill and Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- Richardson Electronics has signed an agreement with AVX Corp. to become a specialty distributor in North America.

Power Electronics Distribution Contract for JSF Program Awarded to Tyco Electronics

(June 3, 2002) Cheltenham, England and Harrisburg, Pa. -- Smiths Industries has selected Tyco Electronics to supply the high power electronic distribution unit for the joint strike fighter (JSF), F-35 program.

Car-San Manufacturing Buys Teradyne/GenRad Placement and Rework System

(June 4, 2002) Waterloo, Ontario, Canada -- Car-San Manufacturing Ltd. has accepted the delivery of a Teradyne/GenRad Summit 750 BGA placement and rework system and a Teradyne/GenRad MXI-1510 X-ray inspection system.

SMTA International Features Free Workshops on Reflow Soldering and Flex Circuits

(June 4, 2002) Minneapolis -- For industry professionals involved in either reflow soldering using convection ovens or implementing flex circuits and flex-based packages, two half-day workshops on Thursday during SMTA International (September 22 through 26 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) will be of special interest.

Thetis Technologies Expands Operations

(June 4, 2002) Brookline, Mass. -- Thetis Technologies Inc. is expanding its operations with the relocation of its founder, chairman and CEO, Zohar Halachmi, from Israel to its headquarters here.

Speaking of this Week - May 31, 2002

In this short week, only three types of headlines seemed to dominate: the ever-present mergers, acquisitions and alliances; personnel news; and association news, including the IPC Book-to-Bill ratio and PCB Business Report. We've got a prediction thrown in, too, as well as a bit of progress. In the meantime, financial news has pretty much fallen off the radar screen until the end of the second quarter.

Robert J. Haskins Appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Polyclad Laminates Asia

(June 3, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Robert J. Haskins has been appointed senior vice president and managing director of Polyclad Laminates -- Asia by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

Rodney J. Gerdes Joins Infinite Graphics

(June 3, 2002) Minneapolis -- Rodney J. Gerdes has joined Infinite Graphics Inc. as vice president of operations.

Jabil Circuit Expands into Shanghai with Agreement to Manufacture Lucent Optical Communications Products

(June 3, 2002) St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Jabil Circuit Inc. and Lucent Technologies of Shanghai Ltd. (LTOS) have formed an agreement for Jabil Circuit to acquire most of the assets and the business of LTOS, including a 325,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Shanghai.

Delphi Selects Cogiscan for MSD Tracking

(May 31, 2002) Troy, Mich. and Quebec, Canada -- Delphi has installed Cogiscan's IC-scan DE on an SMT line in their Deltronicos de Matamoros factory for MSD tracking.

Colonial Electronic Manufacturers Achieves ISO 9002 Registration

(May 31, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Colonial Electronic Manufacturers Inc. has completed the audit for its ISO 9002 certification.

IPC Issues Call for Participation for International Conference on Unique Interconnections

(May 31, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces a call for participation in the IPC International Conference on Unique Interconnections, taking place September 17 through 19, 2002, at the Novotel Hotel in Mississauga (Toronto), Ontario, Canada.

VCSEL Transceiver Market Landed at $290 Million in 2001, Says ElectroniCast Corp.

(May 30, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s just-released vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) study, the VCSEL-based transceiver market grew from $245 million in 1999 to $388 million by 2000.

IMAPS Announces Optoelectronics Packaging Topical Workshop and Exhibits

(May 30, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces a Topical Workshop on Optoelectronics Packaging and Micro-Optoelectromechanical Systems (MOEMS) that will be held at the Hotel Bethlehem, in Bethlehem, Pa., October 8 through 11, 2002.

IPC Appoints New TAEC Chairman

(May 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that Doug Sober has been named the new chairman of the Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC).

Agfa HealthCare Selects Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions

(May 30, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Agfa HealthCare has deployed Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower PCB assembly and test solutions at sites in Belgium and Germany as a means to harmonize its prototyping and production processes.

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

(May 29, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

MRP Electronics Makes New Appointment to the Board

(May 29, 2002) Bedford, UK -- MRP Electronics has appointed Nick Fairhead as sales director.

Avnet Kent Announces New Product Business Group Senior Vice President

(May 29, 2002) Phoenix -- Pat Wastal, a 20-year electronics industry veteran, has been named senior vice president of the Avnet Kent Interconnect, Passive & Electromechanical (IP&E) Product Business Group.

Concoat Ltd. Buys Major Assets of SPCID Equipment Division from Multicore Group

(May 29, 2002) Camberley, England and Dusseldorf, Germany -- Concoat Ltd. has acquired the major assets of the SPCID Equipment Division of Multicore Solders Ltd. and Multicore Solders PTE of Singapore, subsidiaries of the Henkel Group of Dusseldorf.

Electrocube Acquires Product Lines of Seacor

(May 28, 2002) Monrovia, Calif. -- Electrocube Inc. has acquired the product lines of Seacor Inc.

Heidenhain Names New Manager of Central Sales, Semiconductor

(May 28, 2002) Schaumburg, Ill. -- Heidenhain Corp. has hired Kevin Kaufenberg as manager, central sales, with special emphasis on the electronics/semiconductor industry.

MMRC Announces Free Marketing Forum at IMAPS 2002 Symposium

(May 28, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The Microelectronics Marketing Research Council (MMRC) announces a Marketing Forum at IMAPS 2002 for all show attendees, exhibitors and students.

UMG Technologies Signs Technology Agreement with Cambridge Automatic

(May 28, 2002) Danvers and Natick, Mass. -- UMG Technologies Inc. has signed an exclusive technology agreement with Cambridge Automatic.

Cadence Launches High-Speed Technology Center in China

(May 24, 2002) Shanghai -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has opened the Cadence High-speed Technology Centre here.

EMPC 2003 Dates Announced

(May 24, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces the 14th European Microelectronics and Packaging Conference & Exhibition (EMPC 2003), which will take place June 23 through 25, 2003, at GrafZeppelinHaus, Lake Constance, in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

International Rectifier Enhances Customer Service, Quotation Processing with eConnections' Sourcing Network

(May 24, 2002) El Segundo, Calif. -- International Rectifier Corp. has enhanced its customer service capability and quotation response with the eConnections strategic sourcing network.

Lambda Technologies Debuts E-Newsletter

(May 24, 2002) Morrisville, N.C. -- Lambda Technologies has begun distribution of an HTML e-newsletter.

Department of Defense Adopts IPC-A-610C

(May 23, 2002) Northbrook, Ill -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the adoption of the IPC-A-610C, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, by the United States Army for use by the Department of Defense (DoD).

Mentor Graphics Receives Early Termination of Waiting Period Under HSR Act for Acquisition of Innoveda

(May 23, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has received early termination of the waiting period required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in connection with the proposed acquisition of Innoveda Inc.

Teradyne, Sony Collaborate on Cellular Mobile Test Solution

(May 23, 2002) Paris -- Teradyne's Assembly Test Division has formed a collaborative partnership with Sony Corp. to develop a unique functional test platform for Sony's range of cellular mobile products.

Universal Display Extends, Expands Business/Academic Partnership with Princeton, USC

(May 23, 2002) Ewing, N.J. -- Universal Display Corp. has extended and expanded its collaborative research agreement with Princeton University and the University of Southern California (USC) through 2007.

AP Materials Receives Award from the Department of Defense for Development of Advanced Capacitor Material

(May 22, 2002) St. Louis -- AP Materials Inc. has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for development of nanoscale tantalum powders for use in advanced electronic capacitors.

JM Associates Joins Aries Electronics' Representative Network

(May 22, 2002) Frenchtown, N.J. and Huntsville, Ala. -- Aries Electronics has appointed JM Associates Inc. as the primary representative for the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Microsoft, Flextronics to Open Xbox Manufacturing Facility in China

(May 22, 2002) Redmond, Wash. and Singapore -- Microsoft Corp. and Flextronics Corp. will establish a manufacturing and assembly operation for the Xbox video game system in China later this year.

GenRad Unit Renamed Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions Ltd.

(May 22, 2002) Manchester, England -- GenRad Ltd. has been renamed Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions Ltd., having recently been acquired as part of Teradyne Inc.'s acquisition of GenRad Inc. in October 2001.

Cookson Electronics Appoints President of Polyclad Laminates

(May 21, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Cookson Electronics PWB Materials and Chemistry has appointed Rick J. Richesin as president of Polyclad Laminates.

MRSI Appoints Sales Manager for Asia-Pacific Region

(May 21, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI has appointed Gheorghe-Catalin Pascariu to the position of manager of capital equipment sales for the Asia-Pacific region.

PEMSTAR Reports Fiscal 2002 Fourth Quarter Results

(May 21, 2002) Rochester, Minn. -- PEMSTAR Inc. has reported financial results for its fiscal 2002 fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2002.

Plexus Consolidates Wisconsin Manufacturing Operations, Closes Minneapolis NPI Center

(May 21, 2002) Neenah, Wis. -- Plexus Corp. is consolidating its manufacturing operations here and closing its Minneapolis new product introduction (NPI) center.

Agile Systems Receives Re-certification on ISO 9001 Audit

(May 20, 2002) Waterloo, Ontario, Canada -- Agile Systems Inc. has passed an extensive ISO 9001 audit and received its re-certification.

EXFO Lowers Break-Even Level, Reiterates Guidance

(May 20, 2002) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has launched additional proactive measures to accelerate its return to profitability.

Flextronics Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Named to Photon Dynamics' Board of Directors

(May 20, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. has named Nicholas Brathwaite, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Flextronics, to its Board of Directors.

Sheldahl Receives Letter of Intent from Investor Group to Purchase Company Assets

(May 20, 2002) Northfield, Minn. -- Sheldahl Inc. has received a letter of intent from Ampersand Ventures, Molex Inc. and Morgenthaler Partners, Sheldahl's three largest shareholders, for the purchase of a substantial portion of its assets under Section 363 sales procedures pursuant to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Marantz Europe BV Opens New Sales Division

(May 17, 2002) Eindhoven, The Netherlands -- Marantz Japan Inc. has begun a new sales division within Marantz Europe BV called Business Electronics.

Arbell Forms Representation Agreement with Samsung Technologies

(May 17, 2002) Burlington, Ontario, Canada -- Samsung Technologies has selected Arbell Inc. to represent its complete line of surface mount placement equipment for the Canadian marketplace.

Coreco Imaging Launches New Imaging Feature on Web Site

(May 17, 2002) Saint Laurent, Quebec -- Coreco Imaging has launched a Web-based information service to imaging users worldwide.

Kulicke & Soffa Breaks Ground for Manufacturing Facility in China

(May 17, 2002) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa laid the first foundation stone for its new manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China on May 9.

Aries Electronics Names Robert Batis as High-Frequency Test Socket Representative

(May 16, 2002) Frenchtown, N.J. and Castro Valley, Calif. -- Aries Electronics Inc. has appointed Robert Batis Inc. as its representative for Northern California and Nevada, excluding Clark County.

Chase EMS Facility in Raytheon 'Six Sigma with Suppliers' Program

(May 16, 2002) West Bridgewater and Lexington, Mass. -- Chase EMS Group's Sunburst facility is working in conjunction with Raytheon Corp.'s "Six Sigma with Suppliers" program to improve process efficiency, cut costs and improve quality.

Solectron Expands After-Sales Service Presence in China

(May 16, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has expanded its after-sales service presence in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong by acquiring the assets of NC&C, a leading Chinese component repair company.

Xicor Inc. Announces ISO 9001 and QS-9000 Certification

(May 16, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Xicor Inc. has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) as being fully compliant with the requirements for both ISO 9001 and QS-9000.

Asymtek Receives Patents for Co-Axial Air Dispensing Technique

(May 15, 2002) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek has received patents for the co-axial air process on their Century Selective Flux dispensing system.

Bear Stearns Releases Its Fifth Annual Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing Survey

(May 15, 2002) New York -- Electronics manufacturing services outsourcing has been growing in popularity among makers of computers, cell phones, telecom hardware and almost all other electronics end-market segments over the past several years, and according to a new survey from Bear, Stearns & Co Inc., it is about to grow even further.

Steven J. Corbett Appointed President of Cookson Electronics Chemistry

(May 15, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Cookson Electronics has appointed Steven J. Corbett president of Cookson Electronics Chemistry (Enthone).

Nu Horizons Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End 2002 Earnings

(May 15, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended February 28, 2002.

ElectroniCast Forecasts Multifiber Transmit Link and Component Market to Reach $1.25 Billion in 2006

(May 14, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- Global consumption of multifiber transmit link components will rise rapidly from $48.7 million in 2001 to $1.25 billion in 2006, according to ElectroniCast's just-completed Multifiber Transmit Link & Components Forecast.

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