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Firan Technology Group named Lance Riley general manager. He has more than 25 years’ experience in PCBs with Unicircuit, TTM and Lone Star Circuits.
Insulectro promoted Michelle Walsh to vice president of product management.

IWLPC named Max Min, Ph.D., Jae-Gwon Jang and Bryan Kasprowicz winners of its best paper awards.

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Sunstone Circuits named Kevin Beattie quality assurance manager. He has more than 25 years’ experience in PCB manufacturing.
Tech Etch appointed Brian Roberts chief financial officer.
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Trackwise named Steve Hudson chief operating officer. He has over 20 years’ experience in automotive and aerospace with MG Rover, Bentley Motors, Rolls Royce Aerospace, and Williams Advanced Engineering.
TTM named Roy Alcus operations manager.

Zuken promoted Jeroen Leinders to eCADStar business manager.

PCDF Briefs
Apple “believes the SEC should issue rules to require companies disclose third-party-audited emissions information to the public, covering all scopes of emissions, direct and indirect, and the value chain,” a company vice president said.

Aspocomp signed project agreements worth a combined 30 million euros ($36.7 million) to supply PCBs to a customer in the automotive industry.

Artificial intelligence is making its way into the PCB industry, says AT&S, which has developed an algorithm that recognizes the images of circuit boards, and explains whether they are defective.

Eltek received government approvals to build a second production facility in northern Israel without the need for a bidding process.

Eternal Technologies will hike prices on its North American customers effective Jun. 1, or as contracts permit.

Eurocircuits will invest €7 million ($8.6 million) in its PCB factories in Germany and Hungary.

The board of directors of Exceet Group is considering selling GS Swiss PCB, its PCB fabrication unit.

Research institute Fraunhofer IPMS is working on trusted manufacturing processes of electronics devices, with the goal to develop solution concepts encompassing all areas of electronics development and production.

FTG licensed Averatek’s A-SAP process.

The HDP Users Group will investigate materials that show unexpected behavior of Tg by TMA, and develop guidelines when standard IPC methods do and do not adequately describe their thermo-mechanical properties.

Lenthor Engineering purchased an ESI Geode CO2 microvia drilling system. Lenthor also qualified DuPont Pyralux HT flex circuit material.

Michigan State researchers are building circuit boards that are better equipped to function in extreme conditions, including on Mars. The team has developed a more heat-resistant silver circuitry with a nickel additive.

Mycronic signed an agreement with Cohu to purchase the firm’s PCB test group for $125 million. The business, which includes atg and Luther & Maelzer, reported sales of $53 million for the year ended Mar. 27.

Shennan Circuits is facing increasing pressure on its business operations in 2021 due to losses of orders from Huawei for 5G infrastructure applications and rising prices for upstream raw materials, according to industry reports.

Siemens signed an agreement to acquire Supplyframe, a design-to-source platform for the electronics value chain, for $700 million. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Supplyframe expects fiscal 2021 revenue of about $70 million.

Summit Interconnect opened its newly renovated, state-of-the-art laboratory in Anaheim, CA.

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories began excavation in Idaho on its 140,000 sq. ft. PCB fabrication plant.

Trackwise Designs has acquired a 77,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Stonehouse, UK.

Tuan Sing Holdings agreed to sell 13% of the shares it holds in PCB fabricator Gultech (Jiangsu) Electronics for 435 million yuan (US$67.2 million), according to reports.

Varioprint has converted to Peters Elpemer AS 2467 solder resist.

Zero Defects International announced a boundary scan test service.