MILPITAS, CASolectron Corp. announced the expansion of Solectron’s Shanghai, China product development facility. According to a news release, the facility will provide complete product development services, supporting growing customer demand for fast, cost-effective product development capabilities.

The expanded site will focus on product development services for OEMs of telecommunication, computing, storage and consumer electronics products. By locating product development and manufacturing in close proximity, Solectron will provide customers with system level design, new product introduction and full volume production capabilities throughout China.

“Solectron continues to invest in expanding its design and engineering capabilities globally by market segment, including medical, telecommunications, consumer electronics and other sectors," said Dave Purvis, executive vice president and chief technical officer at Solectron. "We are seeing tremendous demand for complete product development services in China, and our expansion in Shanghai will apply our extensive experience in providing full product development services to meet growing customer needs."

Solectron expects to hire more than 100 engineers to support the growth.

MIDSOMER NORTON, EnglandSun Chemical Circuits, a supplier of inks and resists to the PCB manufacturing industry, has expanded the technical sales team for its Circuits business in North America, China, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria following an increase in turnover during 2006.

Read more: Sun Chemical Expands Global Team
OAKMONT, PA Triangle Circuits Inc. (TCP), named Mark Francis as off shift manufacturing supervisor, according to a news release.
Francis joins TCP with over 26 years experience in printed circuit board fabrication, with expertise in the wet area processes of the manufacturing operations. Prior to joining TCP, he held senior positions in supervision and process engineering in the printed circuit board industry.
Francis will report to Don Burgman, TCP’s production manager. He will be responsible for all aspects of production, process control and ensuring safety/environmental compliance on the off shifts.

DENVERMacDermid Electronics Solutions’ direct plate system, Eclipse, has earned Mil-PFR-55110G approval through Defense Logistics Agency DSCC. Working with fabrication partner Universal Circuits and their strategic military OEM customers, MacDermid demonstrated Eclipse's reliability advantages compared to traditional electroless copper.

Eclipse is said to combine the latest innovations in metallizing through-holes and blind microvias with state-of-the-art horizontal processing. The Eclipse process incorporates advances in neutralization, conductive carbon dispersion, and copper preparation. According to MacDermid, the result is a direct plate process that can surpass electroless copper reliability with the added benefits of reduced cycle time, reduced equipment footprint, reduced labor costs, simplified process control and improved operator's conditions. Eclipse also eliminates formaldehyde, heavy metals and chelation.


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