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Axiom Electronics promoted Rob Rowland to director of engineering.
Honeywell named Brian Lau director of business development.
HP named Hames McCall chief sustainability officer.
Javad EMS announced Arturo Castillo as business development manager.
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Kitron named Kristoffer Asklöv chief operating officer. He has more than 20 years’ experience in electronics production and an executive MBA in leadership and management.
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Libra Industries named Joe Anderson senior director of business development. An established global sales executive with more than 20 years in EMS, he served for 12 years as director of business development for TT Electronics.
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Libra also named Wade Henderson vice president of business development. He started in electronics in 1990 as an engineering manager at DSC Communications, and has a bachelor’s in engineering and an MBA.
Segue Manufacturing Services announced James Wright as vice president of engineering and quality.
Parallel Wireless named Jon Saunders senior director of operations and supply chain.
Tempo Automation named Mattias Cedergren chief manufacturing officer.
CA Briefs
Absolute EMS has implemented soldering to aluminum using Averatek’s Mina chemistry.

Aeye announced a partnership with Benchmark Electronics to manufacture optical modules for next-gen adaptive LiDAR sensors.

AIM Solder has begun generating solar power at its Cranston, RI, facility.

Austin American Technology added Envoy Imp. Com. e Rep. Ltda. as distributor in Brazil.

Basil Street Pizza is partnering with Celestica to build its automated pizza kiosks.

Benchmark Electronics appointed Dave Clark senior vice president, chief procurement officer.

BEST Inc. installed an automated reballing machine for large reballing work.

Circuit Technology Center has expanded its Haverhill, MA, facility by over 10,000 sq. ft.

CMS Electronics Group installed a Juki G-Titan screen printer, RS-1R placement machine and an automated tray handling device.

CyberOptics received new orders valued at $1.7 million from a recurring customer for its MX3000 memory module inspection systems.

DarkPulse acquired EMS firm TJM Electronics West for $450,000 in cash.

Electronics Technicians purchased a new reflow oven, upgraded Europlacer feeders, and board conveying and handling equipment.

Enics is expanding its high-volume manufacturing site in Suzhou by 50% to over 22,000 sq. m.

Essemtec hired Restronics as manufacturers’ representative in Florida.

Foxconn and Stellantis announced a joint venture called Mobile Drive, which focuses on making a “smart cockpit” for vehicles that will feature navigation, voice assistance and payment services.

iNEMI is holding a call-for-participation webinar Oct. 13 and 14 for its new project on artificial intelligence enhancement to AOI for printed circuit assemblies.

ITW EAE moved its Germany sales and customer support offices from Dreieich to Alzenau.

Kasdon Electronics has moved into a new 20,000 sq. ft. EMS factory in Willenhall, West Midlands, UK.

Kimball Electronics debuted Kimball Medical Solutions.

NOTE has signed a partnership agreement to manufacture Ferroamp’s EnergyHub energy storage system.

Optiemus is expected to invest some $200 million to ramp electronics manufacturing of smartphones and laptops with Wistron over the next three to five years, with the partnership generating over $5 billion within five years.

Samsung will invest $206 billion in the next three years to expand its footprint in artificial intelligence, semiconductors and robotics, among other areas.

Scanfil plans to expand its factory in Suzhou, with an estimated investment of €6 million to more than double production space. The company expects to start construction in 2022.

Sierra Circuits has installed five Seica flying probe test systems for its new facility in San Jose.

Thermaltronics opened a second facility in the US, this one in Florida.

The US Department of Defense has signed into effect updated guidance for the procurement and operation of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), allowing the DoD to take advantage of technological advancements in the commercial market and reaffirming the department’s recognition that certain foreign-made commercial UAS pose a threat to US national security.

Virginia Tech is set to break ground Sept. 14 on the first building for its $1 billion Innovation Campus in Alexandria, including a $10 million center for artificial intelligence and data analytics and an electronics assembly space.

Volex has acquired Irvine Electronics for $16.4 million.

Z-Axis added an Austin American Technology HydroJet inline cleaning system.