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Video: Beamind's Christophe Vauche Talks About His Contactless Test System

Beamind COO talks with Bob Neves last week at the CPCA Show in Shanghai, China. Christophe discusses the test issues facing the industry and the solution his company provides.

iNEMI Schedules Three Industry Workshops for 2009 Roadmap

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) has scheduled three regional workshops to give the industry an opportunity to review "work in progress" on the 2009 Roadmap.

The Gold Record: CPCA Show Review

Bob Neves joins Steve Gold as the two review what was (not) new in Shanghai and examine some issues the Chinese market will be grappling with this year--including a need for stronger domestic engineering skills.

Video: Camtek's Issey Endey Discusses the Challenges in the Chinese PCB Market

The Camtek China president offers important insights into the current state of industry affairs in China. Do not miss this honest assessment of the Chinese market.

Is There a Fundamental Disconnect in the Chinese PCB Industry?

For years, the rapid growth of the Chinese PCB industry has masked a funadmental flaw in the way boards are being built in China. Now, with rapidly rising costs, the structural flaws are becoming more apparent.

ECWC 11 Kicks Off in Shanghai

The 11th meeting of the World Electronic Circuits Council kicked off today at the Everbright Hotel in Shanghai. The ECWC 11 Opening Ceremony featured dignitaries from around the world speaking to over 700 attendees.

Price Fall on CCL Benefited PCB Makers but Hurt CCL Makers in February

Coming from price hikes in the second half of last year, CCL prices has been going down since the beginning of this year.

Video: Universal Circuits Installs MacDermid's New Direct Plate System

Driven by the need for a more efficient and flexible process for metalizing holes, Universal Circuits has been working with MacDermid to launch a new replacement for its electroless copper process.

Taiwan Third Tier PCB Maker Lei An Suffering a Financial Crisis

Stiff competition from expanding first-tier PCB makers in Taiwan are causing third-tier makers to struggle due to their smaller niche markets.

High-End Complex PCB Production Requires Multitechnology System Checks

As the complexity, density, and cost of printed-circuit boards continues to escalate-particularly related to embedded electronics for medical and other real-time critical systems-so does the cost of reworking defective boards.


LG Electronics Trades PCB Business to...LG

LG Electronics' PCB division will be exchanged with its affiliate LG Micron's plasma rear panel (PRP) division.

Unitech to Invest An Additional $20M in Shanghai Plant

Unitech announced an additional investment of $20 million in its Shanghai plant, not only to expand the capacity to 550 thousand square feet monthly but also to improve the HDI manufacturing process technology.

R&D Circuits Acquires Interest in Anestel

"R&D Circuits and Anestel already work closely together. This enhanced relationship will allow both of us to improve our ability to meet the unique needs of our customers."

Continued Strength in the PCB Market Boosted TTM's Revenue; Q4 Up 44%

"PCB manufacturing continued its strong contribution to the quarter's results, attributable to our Aerospace/Defense customers as well as strong demand for our high tech manufacturing services," said Alder.

AT&S Posts Strongest Sales for First Nine Months in Its History

With revenues of EUR 368.3m and net profit of EUR 33.3m in the first three quarters of financial 2007/08, AT&S continues its strong growth performance.

Handset and Notebook PCB Industries See Dropping Orders

Notebook and handset printed circuit board (PCB) makers are facing low order visibility for the first quarter of 2008 which is expected to affect their first quarter revenues by 10-15% or possibly even 15-20% or more.

DDi's Fourth Quarter 2007 Revenue Up 4 Percent

"The Company's fourth quarter 2007 net sales increased 4 percent sequentially and year over year to $45 million with expected adjusted EBITDA greater than 10 percent of net sales.

Handset PCB Makers Brace for Sharper-than-expected Sales Decline

With the handset industry being hit by weaker-than-expected demand, handset printed circuit board (PCB) makers are bracing for a sharp fall in first-quarter sales

Endicott Interconnect Technologies Fabricates Award Winning Printed Circuit Board

Endicott Interconnect Technologies has fabricated an award winning PCB for IBM Zurich Research Laboratory to be used in the world's most powerful and advanced optical packet switch, this controller board functions as the intelligence of the switch.

IC Substrate Makers to See Revenues Drop at Varied Rates in 1Q08

The major Taiwan IC substrate makers, including Kinsus Interconnect Technology, Nanya Printed Circuit Board (NPC) and Phoenix Precision Technology (PPT), are expected to see their revenues decline at varied rates in the first quarter of 2008 due to different product mixes


Leicester Circuits UK Limited Acquired

"After acquiring the hi-tech PCB shop Circast four years ago, I've been looking to purchase another big player within the UK to help boost the groups portfolio and also gain the China import experience."

OM Group Completes Acquisition of Electronics Businesses From Rockwood Holdings

OM Group has completed its previously announced acquisition of the electronics businesses from Rockwood Holdings for approximately $315 million in cash.

ASE Suspends FC Substrate Expansion Plan

Oversupply in the market has prompted ASE to suspend its plans to expand its flip-chip substrate capacity.

Video: Michael Gay, Director of Emerging Products for Isola

Michael Gay, Director of Emerging Products for Isola discusses the challenges of creating laminates for lead-free assembly with Joe Fjelstad and explains ways that Isola is addressing customer needs.

Reducing Cost With Real-Time Drill Room Data

This paper outlines specific features and benefits of implementing monitoring software to collect and analyze real-time shop floor data from drill and rout CNC machines.

VIDEO: RBP Chemicals Pushes into India

An interview with RBP Chemicals President Mark Kannenberg reveals why the company is choosing India over China as the center of its global expansion plans.

VIDEO: Teknek Completes a Year of Transition

An interview with Managing Director Stephen Mitchell covers changes made during the first year of his tenure. Mitchell discusses how his company manages to build in Europe while sales increases are mainly in Asia.

VIDEO: Understanding Elcoteq's Growth Strategy

An interview with Elcoteq Director of Corporate Strategy Carsten Barth reveals how the company balances regional expansion plans with the needs of its global telecommunications customers.

Aspocomp and Meadville Restructuring Agreement Completed

The closing of the business restructuring agreement signed by Aspocomp Group Oyj and Meadville Holdings Limited on November 8, 2007, has been completed.

Video: An Interview with WKK Distribution's Hamed El-Abd

One of China's largest distributors WKK is uniquely positioned to understand the many nuances and characteristics of the China market. Hamed El-Abd, company president knows the Chinese market better than most.


VIDEO: Exclusive HKPCA & IPC Show 2007 Opening Ceremony Footage

A video review of the HKPCA & IPC Show 2007 Opening Ceremony. Footage includes important facts and figures about the exhibition, excerpts of of dignitary speeches, and a colorful ribbon cutting complete with dragon dancers.

VIDEO: Printar CEO Discusses New Inkjet Solder Mask Machine

After unveiling the GreenJet digital solder mask printing machine, Printar CEO Amir Noy discusses the details with I-Connect007 Editor Steve Gold.

Titan Completes Acquisition of Nexus Nano Assets

The surrender of assets was completed by agreement between Nexus as debtor and Titan as creditor.

Battery Shortages Dampen Near-term Prospects of Notebook PCB Sales in 2008

The effects of the shortage of notebook-use batteries is spreading to printed circuit board (PCB) makers including Hannstar Board and Gold Circuit Electronics (GCE).

Time for the Electronics Industry to Clean Up Its Act?

As track and gap widths become smaller and layer counts become higher the problem of contamination in the electronics industry has become more acute.

China Week in Review

APCB Kunshan Plant to Double Production Capacity Next Year; Taxation Policy Changes in Mainland China to Adversely Affect Taiwan Companies' Profits; Shanghai Printronics' Songjiang Plant Commences Operation; IC Substrate Orders to Boost Nanya PCB's Performance in November; Unimicron Hit a New High with NT$ 3.97 Billion Revenue in October

Aspocomp Spins off China, India Units into JV with Hong Kong's Meadville

80 percent of the shares of the holding company will be sold to Meadville Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong listed parent company of the Meadville Group. Aspocomp will remain a minority owner with 20 percent ownership.

Firan Technology Group (FTG) Achieves Nadcap Accreditation

Nadcap is the leading, worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace industry.

HKPCA and IPC to Hold International Technical Conference

With the theme "Keys to PCB Manufacturers Success: Market, Materials and Processing", the conference is a crucial and effective platform for senior management and industry practitioners to explore precious knowledge in managing the challenges confronted by PCB manufacturers.

AT&S 1H'07 Operating Profit Increases by 18%

With revenues of EUR 241.7m and net profit of EUR 21.6m in the first half of financial 2007/08, AT&S continues to deliver consistently strong growth.


The Gold Record: The Soldermask Situation

An interview with Sun Chemicals' Business Manager Tony Searle covers a new U.K. partnership with MacDermid, a look at global soldermask markets, and the soldermask Holy Grail--LDI.

Titan Global Holdings Initiates Strategic Plan to Divest Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing Units

Spin-off Designed to Unlock Full Value of PCB Units to Increase Titan's Strategic Transaction Flow and Accelerate New Acquisitions

Orbotech Asia President Discusses Current Market Conditions

A look at what's going on in Asia--especially as Asian manufacturers dive deeper into packaging substrates.

NEW! Dan Beaulieu's Back to Basics Interview with US Circuit

Mike Fariba of US Circuit is interviewed by Dan Beaulieu in this latest edition of Back to Basics

TKK Celebrates Thirty Years in Business

Chairman Senta Wong addresses an invitation-only audience gathered to celebrate TKK's 30th anniversary.

"Real Time with IPC Midwest" - Laminates Roundtable--At the Center of it All

Laminate manufacturers have had to adjust. Representatives from Global Laminates, Isola and Oak-Mitsui talk about the strategies they're using to adapt to the North American Market.

A Tale of Two Shows; or, Where U.S. Electronics Assembly is REALLY Going

A lot of assembly that simply makes no sense to outsource to Asia for cost and quality assurance reasons is coming home, or just not leaving. A proliferation of EMS companies in the US, driven by high-mix, low volume assembly, is occurring.

Ormecon Publishes Article on New Ultrathin Solderable Surface Finish "Nanofinish"

Ormecon International has released a scientific report on the new surface finish for printed circuit boards--Nanofinish.

"Real Time with IPC Midwest" Exclusive Show Coverage

I-Connect007, in partnership with the IPC, has brought its exclusive show coverage to IPC Midwest.

GCE and HannStar Board See Strong 4Q Order Visibility for Notebook PCBs

Gold Circuit Electronics (GCE) and HannStar Board have strong order visibility for notebook printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the fourth quarter, as they step up expanding their capacities


Real-Time With Nepcon South China - Pressure Mounts on South China as Costs Climb

A straightforward look at why South China is becoming a less desirable manufacturing area and how Central China might become the "next" great Chinese manufacturing center.

The Writing on the Wall--Ink Jet Soldermask

An interview with new Printar Chairman of the Board Arie Rosenfeld reveals a new direct write soldermask system--one that will be launched this year at Productronica with a specially formulated soldermask.

Circuit Systems to Raise $3.62M via IPO

India's Circuit Systems is aiming to raise $3.62 million via initial public offering to fund its expansion project.

Bare Board Group Makes Inc. 5,000 List with 153% Sales Growth

Inc. Magazine has included Largo, FL-based Bare Board Group Inc. (BBG) on its first-ever list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Automa-Tech Advanced Technologies Announces Merger with ORC imaging

"There is great synergy between the two product lines. We will be stronger and able to address different segments and technologies."

PCB Maker Tripod Expects Strong Growth 'Till November

Tripod Technology expects revenue growth to persist till November on strong demand from the optoelectronics, notebooks, hard disk drive (HDD), and memory module segments.

The Gold Record: IPC SMEMA Chair Offers Thoughts on IPC Midwest, Trade Show Proliferation

Juki Automation Systems President & CEO Robert Black has a candid conversation with I-Connect007 Editor Steve Gold about all things exhibition--including his thoughts on the newest trade shows coming to Chicago and Los Angeles.

3M to Shut Down Eau Claire, WI (USA) Facility

Plant Manager, John Reagan, says 3M's decision to close the Eau Claire facility was made because of weak sales.

Crosstalk: Why Did Photocircuits Fail?

Dan Beaulieau takes PCB007 Editor Steve Gold to task on his recent Gold Record column about Photocircuits. Watch this special video edition of Crosstalk.

Merix Names Michael Burger as New CEO

Burger, age 48, is currently President of the Components Business Unit of Flextronics Corporation. Prior to joining Flextronics, Mr. Burger served as President and a member of the board of directors of ZiLOG Corporation


Merix Third Quarter Income Improves

"We are also pleased to announce that on April 1, 2007 we completed the previously disclosed sale of the two non-strategic single-sided facilities in China."

Are Chinese Equipment Suppliers for Real? Exclusive Interview With WKK's Hamed El-Abd

WKK has been serving the PCB industry in China for decades and is one of the largest equipment suppliers in the world.

Interview: Atotech's Neil Patton Offers His Insight into the Chinese PCB Market

As a premier consumable supplier to the PCB industry, Atotech's Neil Patton share his perspective on the China PCB market.

Eltek Reports 83% Growth in Net Income for Full Year 2006

"With the measures we are taking in the first half of 2007 to grow our production capacity along with strengthening our sales team, we believe that we are well positioned to capitalize on the higher margin opportunities in the high-end PCB market."

Shanghai Nice: CPCA Conference Partnerships with EIPC, IPC Prove Productive

The Chinese Printed Circuit Association produced two conferences prior to the start of its CPCA Show 2007. Kevin Yan met with PCB007 Editor Steve Gold in Shanghai to discuss his association's educational activities.

Aspocomp to Acquire Its Chinese Joint Venture

The Board of Aspocomp Group Oyj has today resolved to acquire the 49 percent minority interest in ACP Electronics Ltd, the Aspocomp's Suzhou, China based joint venture, from the Group's Taiwanese partner Chin-Poon Holdings.

Flextronics' Sammy Yi Exclusive Interview

Sammy talks about the importance of IPC's efforts to develop common standards for the global electronics manufacturing industry and the importance of the merged PCB and PCBA shows (Expo, Apex).

IPC Expo 2007: An Interview with TTM CEO Kent Alder

They discuss TTM's acquistions, the reorganization effort stemming from their Tyco acquisition, and Alder's personal history building businesses in the PCB industry.

Titan Global Holdings Announces Strategic Plan to Spin-Off Printed Circuit Board Business

Plan Designed to Maximize Shareholder Value Through Acceleration of Organic and Acquisition Growth for Both PCB Division and Communications Division

Nepcon World 2007 - In the Mix

The first interconnect exhibition of 2007 in Tokyo focused on the immediate needs of OEM and EMS customers.


MacDermid Inc. Announces Breakthrough Additive Circuit Technology

The two step MicroCat process results in solid copper circuit traces at a fraction of the cost of etched aluminum foil, etched copper foil, or silver PTF pastes

Chinese PCB Maker Meadville To Raise US$180 Million Pre IPO

Meadville Holdings Ltd., a Chinese printed circuit board maker, is planning to raise up to US$180 million ahead of a planned listing on Hong Kong's stock exchange on Feb. 2.

Merix Revenue and Earnings Up

Consolidated income from continuing operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2007 was $3.1 million or $0.15 per fully diluted share compared to a consolidated net loss from continuing operations of $2.4 million or $0.12 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2006.

Interview: Elec & Eltek Executive Director, Philip S K Chan

Mr. Chan talks about the company's expansion plans, the market in South China as well as their smooth assimilation into the Kingboard group of companies.

Unimicron to Invest $500M in New China PCB Plant

Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) reports that Unimicron Technology plans to invest about $500 million for PCB production in Changshu, China.
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