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Hallmark Circuits Inc. Renamed SOMACIS Inc.

We are excited to announce that Hallmark Circuits, Inc., established in 1970, a wholly owned subsidiary of SOMACIS SpA, founded in 1972 in Castelfidardo (AN), Italy, has changed its name into SOMACIS Inc.
 
After the acquisition in 2012, SOMACIS has invested into equipment, facility and, most important, in additional skilled personnel, in order to expand the capabilities and capacity for the increasing customer requirements. The advanced technology plant in Poway is now fully integrated into the SOMACIS group, which comprises three other production plants in Italy and China. Through a single point of contact, SOMACIS’ customers have access to a global operating company and one of the leading high-tech PCB manufacturers.





ZESTRON Americas Introduces Steve Williamson, New Regional Sales Manager

Manassas, VA – February 3, 2016 ZESTRON, the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Steve Williamson as the new Regional Sales Manager. In his role, Mr. Williamson will focus on growing ZESTRON’s product and services business while expanding the current customer base in the Eastern American and Canadian regions.

 

“Mr. Williamson is an excellent addition to our sales team,” says Eric Strating, Director of Sales. “The addition of Mr. Williamson reinforces ZESTRON’s commitment to providing our customer base with the highest quality, technical solutions, services, and personnel in order to meet the ever increasing challenges of precision cleaning applications.”

 

Mr. Williamson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Saint Bonaventure University and joins ZESTRON with over 16 years of sales and technical experience in the SMT and adhesive industries. Mr. Williamson has an established background in sales and consulting along with his proficient knowledge of the general industry. His expertise and understanding of customer needs are essential to expanding ZESTRON’s reach within the Americas.

 

About ZESTRON:

Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and operating in more than 35 countries, ZESTRON is the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. With seven worldwide Technical Centers and the largest team of chemical engineers in the industry, ZESTRON’s commitment to ensuring that its customers surpass even the most stringent cleaning requirements is without equal.

For additional information and to tour one of our unparalleled technical centers, please visit www.zestron.com.





MET Announces NanoSlic Gold Stencil Coating

MET Stencil NanocoatingsMET Stencil announces a new sprayed on baked on stencil coating called NanoSlic Gold. We are currently offering a no charge sample to all of our new, and existing customers. Using advanced polymer chemistry, this coating has been developed to address the increasing demands to print small features, and reduce rework costs confronting the electronics assembly industry. The coating is applied using a proprietary process which permanently coats both the underside of the stencil and aperture walls. This coating technology is highly hydrophobic and oleophobic, providing superior paste release and allowing more print cycles between cleaning.

 The benefits are numerous and include:

·       Increased paste transfer efficiency
·       Reduced stencil underside cleaning
·       Consistent print from board-to-board
·       Highly robust and durable

Please let us know if you have a challenging design, or would like to try it for free on your next stencil.

View the brochure here.

www.metstencil.com 

greg@metstencil.com

609.261.2670





ZESTRON to Feature pH Neutral Process Solutions at SMTA Rocky Mountain Expo and Tech Forum

Manassas, VA – January 20, 2016 ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, will be exhibiting the latest in pH neutral cleaning solutions at the SMTA Rocky Mountain Expo and Tech Forum.
 
Since 2009, ZESTRON has provided innovative pH neutral cleaning solutions for defluxing PCBs, power electronics, and semiconductor applications.  In addition to VIGON® N 600, the latest aqueous-based products include VIGON® PE 180 and HYDRON® SE 220.
 
VIGON® PE 180 is a water-based cleaning agent developed to remove flux residues from leadframes, discrete devices, power modules, and power LEDs following die attached and/or heat sink soldering. This cleaning agent was designed to remove oxide layers from copper surfaces in preparation for subsequent processes.
 
HYDRON® SE 220 is a water-based cleaning agent specifically developed for removing flux residues from a wide range of semiconductor electronics. It is easily rinsed and provides optimal surface characteristics for subsequent processes such as wire bonding and molding, while ensuring excellent material compatibility.
 
The SMTA Rocky Mountain Expo and Tech Forum will be held at the West Club at Mile High Stadium, 1701 Bryant Street, Denver, CO, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  For more information about ZESTRON’s pH neutral process solutions and services, please visit our tabletop exhibit.  Our team stands ready to provide comprehensive solutions to your cleaning needs.
 
About ZESTRON:
Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and operating in more than 35 countries, ZESTRON is the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. With seven worldwide technical centers and the largest team of chemical engineers in the industry, ZESTRON’s commitment to ensuring that its customers surpass even the most stringent cleaning requirements is without equal.
For additional information and to tour one of our unparalleled technical centers, please visit www.zestron.com.





Isola Names Jeff Waters President and CEO

Former Altera executive to lead global dielectric material manufacturer.

CHANDLER, Ariz., January 12, 2016 - Isola Group, a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), announced today that its board of directors has appointed Jeff Waters as president and CEO, effective immediately. Waters succeeds Interim CEO Jeffery McCreary, who was brought in to enable leadership continuity after Ray Sharpe’s retirement in August 2015. McCreary will continue to serve on Isola’s board of directors, a position he has held since 2006.

Waters brings 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, having held senior leadership positions at Altera, Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor. As senior vice president and general manager of Altera’s business units, Waters was responsible for $1.7B in revenue across the company’s product lines, including development of high growth data center and automotive markets.
 
Isola board members John Marren, Partner at TPG Capital and Jordon Kruse, Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager at Oaktree Capital Management, acknowledged, “Under Mr. McCreary’s leadership, the executive team initiated a series of essential directives focused on cost reduction, improved process effectiveness and organization realignment. We are very excited to have Jeff Waters join Isola to extend the company’s transformation. We are confident in Mr. Waters’ ability to lead the company to accelerated growth.”
 
McCreary added, “The board was extremely impressed by the outstanding candidates we evaluated. More importantly, the board unanimously agreed that Mr. Waters stood out among them. It is clear that Mr. Waters’ experience and attributes align perfectly with Isola’s refined strategic direction.”
 
"With its strong history of technology leadership and its worldwide manufacturing and R&D presence, Isola has differentiated assets that have enabled customers in their push for higher speed, higher density and higher temperature products," Waters stated. "I feel privileged to lead the talented group of professionals at Isola as we take the company to greater levels of new product execution, customer engagement and financial performance."
 
About Jeff Waters
Jeff Waters has 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, most recently with Altera Corporation where he served as senior vice president and general manager for the company’s business units, with P&L and growth responsibility for each of its product lines. Prior to Altera, Waters was with Texas Instruments / National Semiconductor for 18 years in executive positions including division vice president, vice president of sales and marketing for Japan, vice president of worldwide marketing, and a variety of engineering management and manufacturing roles. In addition to his time at National, Mr. Waters was a board member for the Global Semiconductor Association, and held positions in management consulting and in research and development. He holds a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame, an MSEE from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Northwestern University.





Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. Acquired by KISCO, Ltd.

January 7, 2016 (Indianapolis, IN) – Today, KISCO Ltd., an international supplier of high-quality materials, products and services, has announced its acquisition of Specialty Coating Systems, Inc., a global leader in Parylene coating services and technologies. Both well-recognized brands, KISCO has been operating in the Parylene market for over 18 years with a strong background in materials science and development, and SCS has notable roots back to the origination of Parylene and has been a leading contributor in the expansion of the worldwide Parylene market.
 
Over the coming year, the merged Parylene organization will begin to operate globally as Specialty Coating Systems, a KISCO company, and will build upon the legacies and strengths that the companies have built over their cumulative 63 years of Parylene experience. The acquisition represents a significant milestone in the industry as it further positions the company as the industry leader with enhanced manufacturing capabilities around the world and unmatched research, development and applications experience.
 
President of KISCO Ltd. Takekazu Kishimoto said of the announcement, “We are pleased to welcome Specialty Coating Systems into the KISCO family. The management teams at KISCO and SCS are committed to continuing our strong leadership positions in the industry by providing high quality Parylene services and technologies to our customers through a combined 21 regionally positioned facilities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. We are also committed to expanding the market by developing and commercializing new, cutting-edge materials, processes and technologies, which will be made possible by the consolidation of our highly successful engineering teams.”
 
Terry Bush, SCS President & CEO, added, “This is an exciting time for our company and customers. I am proud of what Specialty Coating Systems has accomplished in the market throughout our company’s long history and am confident that the consolidation of our two companies will create an even stronger entity to better serve our customers in the future. SCS and KISCO remain committed to the highest level of quality products and customer service experiences, and we are excited about the opportunity to offer customers additional resources, locations and coating options to help make their innovations successful.”
 
For more information about Parylene conformal coatings and these companies, visit SCScoatings.com.





Kester Launches NP545 Solder Paste

Kester Kester is proud to announce the launch of NP545, a zero-halogen, lead-free, no-clean solder paste designed for consistency and repeatability. NP545 is extremely stable and has an unrefrigerated shelf life of 6 months with no print or solderability degradation. Shelf life is 1 year from the date of manufacture when refrigerated. The paste is also fully capable of printing and reflowing 01005 components, even in air reflow, with minimal graping behavior. NP545 is classified as ROL0 per IPC J-STD-004B.

For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please visit http://www.kester.com/products/product/NP545-Solder-Paste

To learn more about Kester’s product offering and capabilities, please visit our website at www.kester.com

For any questions or additional information, please contact: Michelle O’Brien mobrien@kester.com

 

 





Nypro Healthcare Named a Thermo Fisher Scientific Supplier of the Year

St. Petersburg, Fla. – December 4, 2015 – Nypro Healthcare, a recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of diagnostic, pharmaceutical and medical devices, has been named a Supplier of the Year by Thermo Fisher Scientific, highlighting its commitment to quality, reliability and cost.

“To deliver world-class products and services to our customers we also require world-class partners,” said Peter Granick, vice president of global sourcing, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “The Supplier of the Year recognition honors partners that have gone above and beyond in the past year and it gives us an opportunity to publicly acknowledge them and say thank you.”
 
"We are honored to have been chosen by Thermo Fisher Scientific for our performance record and collaborative partnering with the various Thermo Fisher Scientific divisions,” said Fred McCoy, Jabil vice president and general manager of diagnostics, Nypro Healthcare. “Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to partnering with its suppliers for mutual benefit."
 
Nypro Healthcare provides Thermo Fisher Scientific with electronic manufacturing services. Thermo Fisher Scientific honored Nypro Healthcare with the award at a ceremony held in Carlsbad, Calif. on October 22, 2015. Eligibility is for Thermo Fisher Scientific strategic suppliers based on several criteria including the continuous improvement in total cost, reduction in supply chain complexity, innovation and efficiency of service delivery that ensure the delivery of best-in-class quality. Participants take part in annual supplier business review and are graded using a supplier scorecard.  
 
About Nypro Healthcare
Nypro Healthcare provides the world’s best design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions to leading brands of medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceutical delivery systems. Nypro helps customers evolve to uniquely solve the rapidly changing needs of payers and providers to cost-effectively sustain and improve patient lives worldwide. Nypro brings confidence to customers, value to payers and peace-of-mind to patients.
About Jabil 
Jabil acquired Nypro in 2013. Jabil is a global product solutions company providing comprehensive services to electronics and technology companies in a broad range of industries. With 180,000+ employees across 93 sites in 25 countries, Jabil helps customers turn ideas into products with our wide range of strategic design, manufacturing and product management capabilities; allowing customers to think beyond their conventional marketplace and explore new opportunities. Jabil helps bring products to the market faster and more cost effectively by providing intelligent digital supply chain solutions around the world; empowering companies to be the change agents in their industries. Jabil common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "JBL.” Further information is available on the company's website: jabil.com.





SHENMAO Introduces 606-P133 Solder Paste for Laser Soldering

SHENMAO PF606-P133 Solder Paste is designed for selective laser soldering on tiny solder joints (1.5mm or smaller), especially on expensive, temperature–sensitive components and assemblies. In the past, such a small solder joint is not suitable for standard reflow processes and has to be soldered manually. With PF606-P133 Solder Paste, automatic laser soldering can easily be accomplished.

Within only several seconds of heating after dispensing, solder joint is well-formed with minimal flux residue and without splash or solder ball. Process time can be greatly reduced with extremely high yield rate.

PF606-P133 is approved by world leading electronic component manufacturers. 

As the World’s Major Solder Materials Provider, SHENMAO produces SMT Solder Paste, Wave Solder Bar, Solder Wire and Flux, Solder Preforms, Semiconductor Packaging Solder Spheres, Wafer Bumping Solder Paste, Dipping Flux and PV Ribbon.





MacDermid, Enthone, Alpha, OMG Electronic Chemicals, and Compugraphics Now Under One Roof

Platform Closes on Alent Acquisition

PlatformPlatform Specialty Products Corporation, a global diversified specialty chemicals company, has closed on its acquisition of Alent plc. The closing of this transaction will prompt the launch of MacDermid Performance Solutions, a division of Platform that will combine the original MacDermid operations with businesses from Alent (Enthone and Alpha and their subsidiary company, Fernox), along with the recently acquired OM businesses.

The new entity will pool the experience and resources of each company and unify sales strategies in order to improve processes, drive innovation, and deliver best-in-class products and services at every stage of the supply chain. With combined resources, MacDermid Performance Solutions will have one of the largest technological and service oriented forces in the industry, offering the highest level of support in conjunction with our best-in-class products across a diversified global footprint that covers Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

“We are excited to welcome Alent to the Platform family,” said Scot Benson, President of MacDermid Performance Solutions. “This transaction propels us into a new chapter for the business. Alent’s talent and resources will enhance our flexibility and expertise to develop new and improved products and capabilities. This acquisition represents a great addition in our ability to support our customers through innovation and technical support.”

“Customers, supply chain partners, employees and investors will all benefit as we unify sales strategies, improve processes throughout the company, expand global reach, and continue to deliver the high quality products and services that all of you have come to expect,” said Frank Monteiro, COO of MacDermid Performance Solutions. “In the near-term, as we begin to build the best company possible from the combination of these businesses, our customers’ experience will not change. A comprehensive branding and integration effort will be deployed in the coming months, and in the interim we encourage you to reach out to your local company contacts with any questions about this announcement.”





Micro Industries Selling Excess Electronics Manufacturing Assets

EMS provider Micro Industries in Westerville, Ohio will be liquidating some of their excess and unused assets utilizing the online auction services of Baja Bid. The bidding for this event will open promptly at 8:00am EST on December 1, 2015 and the closing will begin at 11:00am EST on December 3, 2015. 
The items in this event include a 2005 Speedline Vectra 450F “Lead-Free” Wave Solder; 2006 MPM UP2000 HiE Screen Printer; 2008 Asymtek Century C718 Dispenser; 2005 Heller 1809EXL Reflow Oven; Fuji 643 SMT Pick & Place; Fuji QP351E-MM SMT Pick & Place; Fuji & Hover-Davis SMT Feeders; Bliss Stencil Carts; Portable Clean Room; Portable Environmental Chamber; Arlink Workbenches; Conveyor Tech Conveyors; Oscilloscopes; Digital Multi-Meters; Power Supplies; Device Programmers; Rhode & Schwartz Analyzer and More...
 
To view the complete line of items currently up for auction; please select the following link.
http://bajabid.hibid.com/catalog/66597/december-2015-online-auction?tab=0&cpage=1
 
Any questions about the event can be directed to Arlin Horsley at 1-813-992-2437.





Jabil and Clothing+ Introduce Smart Garment Solution

E-Textile Reference Design Speeds Electronics Integration from Prototype to Production

 St. Petersburg, FL - December 1, 2015 – Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL), an electronic product solutions company, and Clothing+, acquired by Jabil in June 2015, introduced Peak+™, an innovative smart garment reference design for building an integrated textile Heart Rate Monitoring solution today at the Wearable Tech Show USA in Santa Clara, California. Jabil and Clothing+ partnered with Suunto, a manufacturer of heart rate monitors; and Firstbeat, a provider of physiological analytics for sports, fitness and wellbeing. 

 
“Building an integrated textile Heart Rate Monitoring solution today requires very different competencies and capabilities, which often turn into a guessing game between multiple vendors trying to piece it all together,” said John Dargan, Jabil senior vice president and CEO of Clothing+. “With Peak+™, we’re offering customers in the fitness, fashion and healthcare markets a strong competitive advantage with a unique, custom solution that gives them easy entry into the high-growth wearables market.”
 
The Peak+™ solution includes:
<li> Clothing+ textile-integrated electronics that disappear into fabrics for optimum comfort, durability and convenience;
<li> Suunto wireless transmitter that transfers accurate measurement data collected from garment sensors to a smartphone app, providing easy access to tracked HRM data; 
<li> Firstbeat research-based, patented analytics of HRM data delivering deep insight and actionable feedback into stress, recovery and effects of physical training; and
<li> Jabil’s broad industry ideation, design, manufacturing and supply chain expertise, along with a mature global footprint and the ability to bring quality products to market quickly and reliably.
 
As the E-textile industry’s first reference design, Clothing+, Suunto, Firstbeat and Jabil are taking time and risk out of smart garment development. Throughout each step of the highly customizable design and development process, regular testing takes place to ensure accurate measurement collection. 
 
Finland-based Clothing+ brings nearly two decades of experience in textile-integrated electronics. The company has helped major brands, including adidas, Garmin, Salomon and Philips, achieve first-to-market status with highly differentiated smart textile products. 
Since its acquisition of Clothing+, Jabil has bolstered the organization’s global manufacturing and distribution while increasing staff and facilities worldwide. A new research and development lab near Jabil’s Florida headquarters will enable Clothing+ researchers to build on their pioneering E-Textile work. Jabil also has expanded Clothing+’s engineering, business development and manufacturing capabilities to meet increased customer demand.
 
Supporting Quotes: 
 
  Kim Scheffler, Director Garment Development, adidas Digital Sports<br>
“Winning in the fitness wearables space demands both first-to-market timing and a compelling product. Launching the adidas miCoach Elite Team System required many points of integration and multiple partners working together throughout the ideation, design, testing and manufacturing phases. Clothing+ was a true partner for every step of the development and commercialization of the TechFit Elite sensing garment.”
 
Dr. Harry Zervos, Principal Analyst, IDTechEx Inc.<br>
“The textile-integrated biosensor market for medical/health/lifestyle applications is attracting a significant amount of attention while at the same time being laced with many intricacies. The combination of Clothing+ and Jabil stand out in the field by offering a one-stop shop that lets companies move quickly from research to pilot, to mass production.”
 
Supporting Resources:
<li> Jabil Steps Up Its Wearables Game With Clothing+
<li> Textile Integrated Sensors For Wearables
 
About Jabil 
 
Jabil acquired Clothing+ in 2015. Jabil is a global product solutions company providing comprehensive services to electronics and technology companies in a broad range of industries. With 180,000+ employees across over 100 sites in 26 countries, Jabil helps customers turn ideas into products with our wide range of strategic design, manufacturing and product management capabilities; allowing customers to think beyond their conventional marketplace and explore new opportunities. Jabil helps bring products to the market faster and more cost effectively by providing intelligent digital supply chain solutions around the world; empowering companies to be the change agents in their industries. Jabil common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "JBL.” Further information is available on the company's website: jabil.com.





Uyemura Augments Management Team

Southington, CT.  November 16, 2015. Uyemura Director of Operations Don Walsh has announced the appointment of Patrick Valentine as Manager of Six Sigma & Business Development.  This new position, explains Walsh, "combines leadership of a 'Tier 1' business initiative with responsibility for a key territory. The territory includes UIC's largest customer, and the Pacific Northwest.  
 
Valentine is a 35-year veteran of the PCB and chip industries; most recently, he was Global Director of Lean Six Sigma and Technology Excellence for OM Group Electronic Chemicals Division.  
 
“My goal for this new position,” says Valentine, “is to further advance the implementation of Six Sigma principles within Uyemura, and to adapt these tools as an ‘added value’ for its customers.  
 
“Six Sigma is about reducing defects and accelerating process speeds – the two metrics most critical to customers’ ability to compete,” he explains. “The key is to choose techniques that can deliver the greatest benefit to each individual company.
 
“There’s a lot of room to grow this territory,” he observes, “particularly in the advanced packaging sector. Uyemura has built an excellent reputation for final finishes - ENIG, ENEPIG, tin, silver - also acid coppers, particularly their market-leading via fill chemistry.  That, and high quality distributed products (MEC and Umicore) give UIC a major advantage in the marketplace.”
 
Valentine is certified as a Reliability Engineer and a Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality.  He holds Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from Arizona State 
University’s Fulton School of Engineering, and is a certified IPC trainer for the IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Boards, and J-STD-001 Soldered Electronics Acceptance.  He has published widely on the science of reliability testing and process control. 
 
This announcement is a continuation of Uyemura’s expansion of US operations, a multi-year initiative that will continue throughout 2016.  Uyemura International Corporation, 240 Town Line Road • Southington, CT 06489. (800) 243-3564.  www.uyemura.com
 





FCT Assembly’s NanoSlic® Stencil Coating Recognized for its Electronics Assembly Innovation

Enabling Chemistry Further Validated with Global Technology Award, Expanded Licensing Agreements

FCT Assembly NanoSlic November 17, 2015 -- At last week's Productronica event held in Munich, Germany, FCT Assembly was honored with a Global Technology Award for its new, VOC-free stencil coating, NanoSlic® (www.nanoslic.com). This award win comes on the heels of several successes for NanoSlic, including recent expansion of the company’s licensing network and increased use of the coating technology among global electronics manufacturing firms.

NanoSlic

Introduced to the electronics market in 2014, NanoSlic is a proprietary coating chemistry that renders metals, glass and polymers hydrophobic and oleophobic for improved protection and performance.   FCT has developed not only the breakthrough chemistry, but also the equipment and coating process that provide a turnkey coating solution. Though used in multiple markets for various safeguarding purposes, for electronics assembly applications, NanoSlic-coated stencils dramatically improve printing performance.

"NanoSlic has quickly emerged as the most robust stencil coating technology for modern electronics assembly processes," says Brent Nolan, Vice President of FCT Assembly.  "As apertures become smaller - and area ratios more challenging - new techniques are necessary to accommodate the material deposition obstacles of miniaturization.  Because of its novel chemistry and its ability to coat both inside the aperture walls and the stencil underside, NanoSlic is enabling transfer efficiency improvements of as much as 40%, while reducing required understencil cleaning frequencies for cost savings and greater process stability.  It's gratifying to have the Global Technology Award judging panel recognize NanoSlic's market impact; we are grateful to Global SMT & Packaging magazine for sponsoring this contest."

The requirement for improved print performance for today's challenging device dimensions has accelerated the use of NanoSlic-coated stencils and this demand has initiated expansion of NanoSlic licensing worldwide.  There are currently three authorized NanoSlic licensees globally, and several more exploring opportunities with FCT.   Likewise, customers have discovered the unique capabilities of NanoSlic-coated stencils and have noted marked print process improvements.   

Harris Corporation Engineer, Nazeeh Chaudry, says the company has had striking results through the use of NanoSlic-coated stencils.  "Our yield on 15.7 mil (0.4 mm) pitch QFNs went to 100% just by changing to NanoSlic-coated stencils," he explains.  "Solder paste deposits have brick-like definition and are precise and repeatable on QFNs and other fine-pitch components."

 "The growth of NanoSlic has been incredible," comments Nolan in summary, "and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  While the coating chemistry is making a huge difference for PCB assembly processes, NanoSlic's applications extend far outside the confines of the electronics industry.  It's going to be an exciting journey."