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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.

MacDermid Incorporated Announces Signing of Merger Agreement

MacDermid, Incorporated announced today that it has signed a definitive merger agreement

HKPCA: South China Market Summary

Today, South China is not only an ideal manufacturing hub which attracts many of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, but it is also the gateway to a huge potential electronics market in China.

TTM Technologies, Inc. Announces Closure of Dallas, Oregon, Facility

TTM Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of time-critical and technologically advanced printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced plans to close its Dallas, Oregon, facility.

CCL Recovery Boosts Shengyi's Performance

Increasing prices and the growing solar power applications is driving the rebound of the copper clad laminate (CCL) market.

Henry Gilchrist to be in Charge of Aspocomp's Asian Operations

Henry Gilchrist (49) has been appointed SVP, Asian operations, as of January 8, 2007. He will take charge of the Aspocomp Group's operations in China and India, with the initial focus on China

Dynamic to Refocus Taiwan Plant on HDI PCB Production

Dynamic will shift a part of capacity at its plant in Gueishan, Taoyuan, to HDI board production in July 2007.

GSPK Circuits Wins Oil and Gas Industry Contract

GSPK Circuits was approached to take on the demanding task of manufacturing the company's high specification product range.

Aspocomp Plans to Cut Up to 240 Jobs in Finland

The company said the planned workforce cuts are due to heavy losses and volume production being transferred to Asia.

TTM Technologies Completes Acquisition of Tyco Printed Circuit Group

The purchase price of $226 million was financed with a $200 million, 6-year term loan and cash on the balance sheet.

Most Taiwan Handset PCB Makers See Strong Demand through Year-end

Most leading Taiwan printed circuit board (PCB) makers are confident about handset PCB demand in the fourth quarter, based on the current high utilization rates and order visibility.

Day 2 at TPCA Show 2006: Mixed Expressions From the Show Floor

One top-level management executive even said that the HKCPA Show in December 2006 could have a bigger turnout.

Taiwan Makers to See Mixed Influence from Sony PS3 PCB Orders

With orders for PCBs to be used in Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) game consoles, Ya Hsin Industrial will see its sales exceed NT$4 billion (US$120 million) in October, with monthly sales from the orders to average NT$2 billion

Mexico's Electronics Manufacturing Industry Uncovered

Technology Forecaster's Analyst Mariana Via Urista looks into some of the trends reshaping the Mexican electronics manufacturing industry.

HannStar Board to Enter New Markets

Taiwan-listed HannStar Board, after spinning off its notebook PCB (printed circuit board) unit in Hong Kong, plans to enter the markets of PCBs for LCD panels and car-use electronics

Nan Ya PCB Buys 14.9 Million Inotera Shares, Increases Stake to 1.45%

Nan Ya Printed Circuit Board told the Taiwan Stock Exchange that the latest purchase, meant to be a long-term investment, raised its Inotera stake to 45.1 million shares, or a 1.45% stake.

Chin-Poon Foresees Tight PCB Utilization Rate through Year-end

The company has expanded high-density interconnect (HDI) board capacity at its Suzhou plant to three million units, with the majority of orders come from Nokia and Philips.

Preparing the Way for Mexican Manufacturing: Interview with CADELEC President Ernesto Sanchez

Jabil Circuit General Manager Ernesto Sanchez talks about the role of the organization he heads up in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Endicott Interconnect Technologies Appoints Director for Military and Defense Programs

Eric Hills, the new Director of Program Management, Military and Defense Programs, will be responsible for the internal coordination of resources in response to business opportunities with the DoD, NSA and other federal program agencies.

PCB-POOL Offers New Innovative Service: "Watch 'ur' PCB"

With Watch 'ur' PCB, customer not only just find out that their order has been processed, they can now actually watch the progress of their PCB through each manufacturing stage.

Eltek Penetrates the U.S. Market

The Medical Equipment Customer Has Provided Eltek With Orders; A U.S. Defense Company Has Awarded Eltek With Initial Orders; Eltek Passes Advanced Stage Evaluation by a Major U.S. Aerospace Conglomerate

Nanya PCB to Add Investments in China

Nanya PCB will invest NT$20 billion (about US$613 million) to expand PCB materials production capacity of its plant in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China

HannStar Plans to Spin Off PCB Unit

Aiming to raise US$90 million to fund future investments, Hannstar is reported to spin off its mainland PCB unit in Hong Kong

Tyco Announces Agreement to Sell Printed Circuit Group to TTM Technologies

The sale of TPCG is consistent with Tyco's strategy to divest certain businesses in an effort to streamline its portfolio and reallocate resources to its core operations.

Titan Global Holdings PCB Divisions Announce Record July Shipments of $1.8M

Titan recently announced that Titan's PCB West division had increased production capacity by approximately 20% through process redesign and expanded use of automation to support its increased bookings

Institute of Circuit Technology Holds Symposium on Printed Electronics

The first main presentation was from Dr Steve Jones of Printed Electronics and he discussed opportunities for printed electronics within Europe

Handset PCB Makers Expect Good 3Q

Thanks to the availability of a number of new handsets, PCB specialists Compeq Manufacturing, Unimicron Technology and Unitech Printed Circuit Board expect a shipment rise handset-PCBs in the third quarter of this year

Laminates Spin-off Move by Kingboard

Kingboard Chemical, one of the world's largest makers of laminates and printed circuit boards, has mandated Goldman Sachs to carry out a feasibility study on spinning off its laminates business on the Hong Kong bourse

Tessera Signs Definitive Agreement to Purchase Digital Optics Corporation

High-Volume Camera Phone and Next-Generation DVD Markets Targeted with Innovative Technology and Extensive Patent Portfolio

Research and Markets: China's Trade Environment is Examined in new Country Report

The report offers in-depth political, economic and commercial data and analysis for evaluating risk and opportunities of doing business in China.

Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Aligns Circuit Board Technologies' Global Strategy

"Following the integration of our North American and European regions and divestiture of 'non-core' products, we have vastly improved the efficiency of our business model, allowing us to focus key resources on the development of leading-edge products," said Tom Wilson

TTM Technologies Selected for Business Week Top 100 Hot Growth Companies

TTM Technologies Inc. was ranked number 60 of the "Top 100 Hot Growth Companies" in the United States.

Merix' Sales up 95%

Sales for the fiscal year 2006 increased approximately 65% to $309.0 million, compared to $187.0 million for fiscal 2005

Kathrand Sells Precision Circuits of San Diego (US)

Precision Circuits has served the area since 1985 and recently added black box design, board layout, and component assembly to round out the circuit board fabrication capability
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