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ZESTRON to Host Collaborative Workshop on Assembly, Cleaning, Coating, and Reliability in Argentina

 Manassas, VA – April 15, 2014 ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing industry, will be hosting an “Assembly, Cleaning, Coating, and Reliability” workshop together with Macon, Aqueous Technologies, Dow Corning, and Alpha in Argentina this May.   This free workshop will be offered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 13th and in Tierra del Fuego, Thursday, May 15th.

The topics to be presented at this educational workshop include: a guide to best practices on PCB cleaning, failure mechanisms, solder paste challenges, surface analytics, PCB test techniques, and low cost solutions.

Axel Vargas, Sales Engineer, ZESTRON, will present “Why Clean PCBs” followed by “Cleaning in the Age of No-Clean” by Mike Konrad, President and CEO of Aqueous Technologies.  “Electronic Applications for Silicone” will be presentated by Emir Debastiani, Application Engineer at Dow Corning Brazil and Luci Yoshikado, Application Engineer, Alpha, will present “Head in Pillow - Possible Causes and Solutions.”

This workshop includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch. The event will conclude with a panel discussion featuring all of the presenters.  For more information and to register for this workshop, please visit www.zestron.com





SCS Debuts New Jetting Technology

SCS Precisioncoat Features New Highly Accurate Jet Technology

Specialty Coating Systems (SCS) recently announced the availability of Jetting technology on the SCS Precisioncoat. SCS’ new jetting valve, which debuted at APEX IPC Expo, allows the Precisioncoat to dispense fluids quickly and accurately, offering superior control when dispensing a wide variety of materials.

Enabling the precise delivery of materials with viscosities up to 400,000 cps at speeds up to 300 drops/second, SCS’ Jetting technology is perfect for coating and dispensing applications where extreme accuracy and repeatability is required. It is also perfect for dispensing materials in the tight spaces, such as between and under components, as it requires only 300 µm clearance.

This non-contact, high-speed, accurate jet valve technology, when coupled with the industry-leading SCS Precisioncoat platform, provides the most robust system for your coating and dispensing needs.

For more information about the SCS Precisioncoat and this new Jetting technology, contact SCS Equipment Program Manager Brad Banfill at 317.472.1230 or bbanfill@scscoatings.com.

About Specialty Coating Systems
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Specialty Coating Systems offers industry-leading liquid coating systems including spray, spin and dip coating systems, thermal and UV cure systems and ionic contamination test systems. SCS also offers world-leading Parylene conformal coating services, systems and materials with over 40 years of application experience and expertise in the medical device, electronics, automotive and military industries. With locations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, SCS leverages its worldwide resources to meet customer needs on a global basis. To find out more about SCS and its leading product lines, visit www.SCSequip.com.





Renowned Reliability Expert Joins DfR Solutions

Reinforces Medical Device and Avionics/Aerospace Focus

Beltsville, MD – April 8, 2014 – DfR Solutions, a leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced a new appointment to its Senior Technical team. Dock Brown will support clients across the electronics industry with a specific focus in the aerospace, avionics, and medical device markets.

Dock Brown brings his more than 30 years of electronics reliability experience to clients of DfR Solutions. Prior to joining DfR Solutions, he spent nearly 20 years at Medtronic where he most recently concentrated on the transition to RoHS materials and processes of harsh environment Class III medical devices.  He was also responsible for supplier assessment and approval, on-going supplier audits, failure analysis, corrective actions, MRB, sampling, and ultimately full accountability for quality and reliability of COTS and custom parts and assemblies from a worldwide supplier base. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brown also spent time at Sundstrand Data Control where he led the implementation of the Boeing AQS program and with Olin Aerospace/Rocket Research.

Mr. Brown is a Certified Reliability Engineer. He is based in the Seattle area and will be supporting DfR Solutions customers in the Pacific Northwest.

“Dock Brown has been a passionate advocate for efficiency and effectiveness in quality and reliability in electronics throughout his career,” said Craig Hillman, CEO of DfR Solutions.  “He is a proven leader in electronics technology with deep experience in commercial aerospace, military avionics, ground support, industrial controls, and medical market segments,” noted Hillman.  “We believe that he will bring immense value to our customers who are facing great challenges in those industries.”

About DfR Solutions, LLC:

DfR Solutions has world-renowned expertise in applying the science of Reliability Physics to electrical and electronics technologies and is a leading provider of quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) research and consulting for the electronics industry. The company’s integrated use of Physics of Failure (PoF) and Best Practices provides crucial insights and solutions early in product design and development and throughout the product life cycle. DfR Solutions specializes in providing knowledge- and science-based solutions to maximize and accelerate the product integrity assurance activities of their clients in every marketplace for electronic technologies (consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, military, telecom, oil drilling, and throughout the electronic component and material supply chain). For more information regarding DfR Solutions, visit www.dfrsolutions.com.





ZESTRON Presents Webinar on Designing and Executing a DOE for a High-Reliability Cleaning Process

Manassas, VA – April 2, 2014 ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions, is pleased to announce the fourth session of ZESTRON Academy’s Ten-part 2014 Cleaning Webinar Series titled "Designing and Executing a DOE for a High-Reliability Cleaning Process."  This 45 min. webinar is part of ZESTRON Academy’s Advanced Curriculum, presented by Umut Tosun, M.S.Ch.E, Application Technology Manager of ZESTRON America, and is scheduled for April 24th at 1:00 pm EDT.

What will you learn?

Learn how to design and effectively implement a Design of Experiment (DOE) from our cleaning expert. This webinar will show how a properly designed experiment yields solutions to cleaning challenges, increases quality and decreases cost while meeting customer requirements.

Umut Tosun, M.S.Ch.E, is the Application Technology Manager at ZESTRON America and has authored and presented numerous technical papers and studies at the industry’s largest trade shows. Mr. Tosun holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. 

Who should attend?

The content of this webinar is designed for production line operators, manufacturing and quality managers, as well as process engineers within the electronics manufacturing industry.

For more information or to register, please contact ZESTRON at infousa@zestron.com, or visit ZESTRON Academy.





Isola Introduces Certification Program for PCB Fabricators

APCT becomes the first fabricator to be certified for successfully completing this program.

CHANDLER, Ariz., March 25, 2014 — Isola Group S.à r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), announced today that it has launched a new certification program for PCB fabricators. The program is open to qualifying fabricators in the United States able to demonstrate the ability to process such high-speed digital materials as Isola’s I-Tera MT and I-Speed.

Ray Sharpe, President and CEO of Isola, stated, “We are pleased to roll-out this certification program following the initial success with APCT. During the qualification process, APCT successfully manufactured high-layer count PCBs using I-Speed and I-Tera MT laminates in both pure and hybrid multilayer packages.”

APCT was the first candidate to be accepted for qualification in this new certification program. To be considered, a PCB fabricator must meet strict quality standards and demonstrate the ability to meet the more demanding manufacturing expertise required to process high-speed digital laminate and prepreg materials.

As part of the certification program, qualifying participants will have access to direct factory support, product training and immediate access to Isola’s entire product inventory. The program also provides for co-op marketing initiatives with Isola.

Ray Sharpe continued, “As Isola introduces new materials to support emerging markets and applications, OEMs may require additional technical support to migrate to these new materials. OEMs will be able to rely on the expertise and advanced understanding of PCB fabricators that have completed Isola’s certification program.”

Saeed “Sy” Sardar, Vice-president of Sales and Technical Services for Isola’s Americas Region added, “Isola takes pride in developing long-term relationships with its worldwide customer base of PCB fabricators, such as APCT. We understand that time-to-market is a critical factor for their success and the success of the OEMs that rely on their efficiency and expertise. Certification in this program will provide fabricators with a competitive advantage in production scale-up of new products through early sampling, 24/7 technical support and shortened leads times.”

Fabricators interested in learning more about Isola’s certification program should contact their local Isola sales office.

About Isola
Isola Group S.à r.l., headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, is a global material sciences company focused on designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepregs used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards. The company’s high-performance materials are used in sophisticated electronic applications in the communications infrastructure, computing/networking, military, medical, aerospace and automotive industries. For more information, visit our website at http://www.isola−group.com/.





ZESTRON South Asia New Headquarters Expansion Increases Global Footprint

Manassas, VA – March 19, 2014 ZESTRON, the worldwide leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce the purchase of a new facility located in Penang, Malaysia, expanding capabilities to the South Asia market.

In 2009, ZESTRON opened the first state-of-art Technical Center in South Asia.  The new 46,500 sq. ft. facility includes office space, technical and R & D labs, production and warehouse spaces.  The continued success of the South Asian operation has enabled the team to grow and expand.  “This investment is a testament to the commitment and dedication of ZESTRON to provide the best in high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions to the industry,” says James Yeoh, General Manager, ZESTRON South Asia. “We invite our customers and industry colleagues to take a tour and assess our expanded capabilities in our new facility.”

“ZESTRON is committed to providing unparalleled technical service and support to our customers in order to meet their ever increasing cleaning challenges.  This is evident through our continual investment in R&D as well as our six globally linked Technical Centers located in Penang, Malaysia, Shenzhen and Shanghai, China, Kanagawa, Japan, Ingolstadt, Germany and Manassas, Virginia,” says, Dr. Harald Wack, President, Dr. O. K. Wack Chemie GmbH and ZESTRON worldwide. 

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 six 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.





DfR Solutions Continues to Grow Senior Team

Adds Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing

Beltsville, MD – March 10, 2014 – DfR Solutions, a leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced a new appointment to its management team. Chris Montgomery will serve as Senior Vice President, in charge of Strategic Business Development and Marketing.   

Mr. Montgomery will be responsible for business development strategy and execution for both the Services and Software sides of the DfR Solutions business. He will initially focus on the development a cohesive value proposition for customers and the establishment of DfR Solutions as a thought leader in quality, reliability, and durability of electronics. 

Montgomery brings 30 years of business acumen including senior positions in management, strategic business development, and marketing.  Most recently, Chris has held executive positions where he created and executed new market entry strategies, developed product strategy, drove sales growth, managed turnarounds, and created new service lines. Prior to joining DfR Solutions, Mr. Montgomery held the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer position for eCoast Sales Solutions, Inc. and President/CEO position at Intermedia Software, Inc.  He also held the position Executive Vice President of Business Development at Sylvan Ventures, Inc. Chris holds degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“The addition of Chris Montgomery highlights our commitment to continued market leadership and our drive to bring increased value to our customers,” said Craig Hillman, CEO of DfR Solutions.  “Chris’s extensive business, product development, and sales and marketing experience will position us to successfully grow our business across markets, providing even more companies with access to our industry leading reliability software and services,” noted Hillman.  

About DfR Solutions, LLC:

DfR Solutions has world-renowned expertise in applying the science of Reliability Physics to electrical and electronics technologies and is a leading provider of quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) research and consulting for the electronics industry. The company’s integrated use of Physics of Failure (PoF) and Best Practices provides crucial insights and solutions early in product design and development and throughout the product life cycle. DfR Solutions specializes in providing knowledge- and science-based solutions to maximize and accelerate the product integrity assurance activities of their clients in every marketplace for electronic technologies (consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, military, telecom, oil drilling, and throughout the electronic component and material supply chain). For more information regarding DfR Solutions, visit www.dfrsolutions.com.





Enthone Opens Wafer Level Packaging Applications Laboratory

 Enthone WLP facility
The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory houses an EEJA Posfer, high speed stir cup plating system to simulate full scale WLP production. Lab production simulation enables application specific feasibility studies to be conducted for customers. Pictured: Brian GokeyEnthone North America Applications Manager - WLP,and a Six Sigma Black Belt manages the facility.
 
Enthone WLP Facility
Brian Gokey, Enthone North American Applications Manager - WLP, Jason Maupin, Vice President - Enthone Americas and Yasushi Odagiri, Director EEJA celebrate the opening of the Enthone Wafer Packaging Applications Laboratory in Morgan Hill, California.

WEST HAVEN, Connecticut, USA, March 4, 2014– Enthone Inc. today announced the opening of its Enthone Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) Applications Laboratory. 

Strategically located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the mission of the Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is to deliver customer-driven solutions to the dynamic wafer fabrication marketplace. Technologies currently being supported at the 5,000 sq. ft. facility include electroplating processes for bump wafer, through silicon via (TSV), copper redistribution layer (RDL), and copper post applications.

The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is staffed by the company’s electronic materials applications experts. Utilizing high-speed stir cup plating systems to simulate industry standards, the facility is equipped to perform lab scale plating and feasibility studies that demonstrate the benefits of manufacturing wafers using the company’s MICROFAB® semiconductor packaging materials and chemistries. Sample plating and testing for process optimization, troubleshooting, bath composition analysis, and characterization of plated features and deposits for bump height, morphology, alloy composition, thin film thickness and SEM cross-sectioning for filling is also being conducted. 

Jason Maupin, Vice President – Enthone Americas said, “The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory provides our team of applications engineers and R&D chemists a unique opportunity to more closely collaborate with our customers and development partners, while gathering critical feedback to validate and further optimize their manufacturing process.” The facility will also be used to provide hands-on customer training to support their continuous improvement programs, as well as to obtain a better understanding of how Enthone chemistries may be employed for diverse applications.

Meeting the stringent requirements of the semiconductor industry, the Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is strategically located to support some of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers on new and emerging technologies as they advance their product portfolio and implement higher performance, more cost-effective wafer manufacturing at their facilities throughout the globe.

The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is located at:
      Enthone, Inc.
      235 Vineyard Court #150
      Morgan Hill, CA 95037 USA

The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is managed by Mr. Brian Gokey, Enthone North America Applications Manager – WLP Manager and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Co-located with Enthone joint venture partner, Electroplating Engineers of Japan (EEJA), the laboratory is further supported by the company’s Global Development Applications Centers located in Connecticut (USA),
Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, and Shanghai (PRC), as well as the Alent India Research Center in Bangalore, India.

About Enthone
Enthone Inc., an Alent plc company, is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries. For more information, please visit enthone.com





Axel Vargas Appointed as New Sales Engineer for ZESTRON's Southeast Region

Manassas, VA – February 25, 2014 ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Axel Vargas to the position of Sales Engineer for ZESTRON’s Southeast region. In his new role, Mr. Vargas will continue to work closely with ZESTRON’s engineering staff as the two departments collectively work together to grow ZESTRON’s product and service business and expand the current customer base.

“Mr. Vargas brings over four years of experience working with our Application Technology department.  His exceptional skill set and customer service centered focused approach is the perfect addition to our sales team,” says Richard Burke, National Sales Manager.

Mr. Vargas is an active member of the SMTA as well as the IPC and has presented the findings of ZESTRON’s research papers at numerous industry events.  He has contributed to multiple case studies performed in collaboration with major cleaning equipment manufacturers. Utilizing his extensive engineering background, he continuously contributes to the development of new analytical technologies at ZESTRON’s Technical Centers. He has been with ZESTRON America since 2008. 

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 six 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.





Technical Devices Company To Demonstrate Inline Cleaning Technology at APEX

Technical Devices Company has developed patent pending Flood Box Technology for inline cleaning. The Flood Box is a contained area within the wash section of a Nu/Clean inline cleaner where the surface of the circuit board is completely submerged, allowing the fluid to flood the board without lowering or raising the conveyor. While traveling through the flood box, the circuit board is simultaneously being hit with pressurized spray from nozzles and being flooded with turbulent currents of fluid. The Flood Box is then followed by conventional top and bottom spray bars.

Technical Devices Company will be exhibiting at the upcoming IPC/APEX show in Las Vegas in booth 2438.  The display will feature a model of the Flood Box.  Technical Devices Company will also be presenting a paper at the IPC/APEX show about the amazing cleaning results achieved with the Flood Box in a study done jointly with Kyzen and Foresite.  A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 at 10:30.





Promex Industries of Silicon Valley Completes Key Personnel Hiring Spree

Promex Industries of Silicon Valley today announced the hiring of key operations, engineering, project management and sales personnel to support the company’s strategic growth forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Richard Otte, President and CEO of Promex stated “Our customers recognize the value of a single entity providing microelectronics process development, new product introduction and volume manufacturing from one centralized location.   This is especially important to medical and bioscience customers seeking a pathway from first article prototyping through ISO 13485 volume production.    We are delighted to add these highly talented people to Promex’s customer-centric culture.   Our rapidly growing customer base is bound to approve of the even greater competitive advantage Promex provides”.

Ed McBain, Vice President of Operations

Ed McBain joined Promex Industries in May, 2013.  Prior to this, Ed has applied his 30 plus years of operations experience in the Semiconductor industry in engineering and management.  His experience spans wafer fab, sort, domestic assembly operations, high reliability manufacturing for Military and Aerospace applications, as well as component assembly for MCM’s, high speed optoelectronic devices and 3D integration.  Ed has worked at Harris Corporation, Zilog and has startup experience in MCM technologies with Micro Module Systems as well as Lightlogic.  Additionally, Ed has worked as a consultant on several large technology transfer projects, most recently an IP and process technology transfer involving 2.5D and 3D technologies.

Ed holds a BS (Metallurgical Engineering) from Purdue University and a MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.

 

Dr. Suzette Keefe Pangrle, Senior Scientist/Technical Project Manager

Dr. Pangrle joined Promex Industries in November, 2013.  Prior to this, she applied her 10 plus years of experience in technology and product development, technology integration and reliability, and project/program management.  Dr. Pangrle has worked with reputable Bay Area companies including Vertical Circuits, Spansion and AMD. 

Suzette is a co-inventor of 67 Patents.  She is an active member of IEEE, IEEE SCV   CPMT, IEEE SCV Women in Engineering Executive Committee, IEEE SCV Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), Material Research Society, and IMAPS.

Suzette received her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from PMI and her PPM from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Extension.   She received her B.S. (Chemical Engineering) along with a M.S. (Metallurgy) from the University of Illinois and her Ph.D., Ceramic Science, from Pennsylvania State University.

 

Dr. Annette C. Teng,  Senior Process Engineer

Dr. Teng recently joined Promex after spending the past three years working in Australia.   Prior to Australia, she held IC packaging engineering positions in the Bay Area including CORWIL Technology, Linear Technology Corp and Philips Semiconductor (now NXP).  She also spent a few years in Academia at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Annette has been active in IEEE activities particularly for the CPMT Santa Clara and Malaysian Chapters. 

Annette received her BS in Chemistry from Sweet Briar College and PhD in Materials Engineering from University of Virginia.          

           

Serafin Pedron,  Technical Program Manager

Serafin joined Promex in October, 2013.  He has over 30 years of experience in packaging, assembly technology, specialized processes, technical marketing, quality control, and industry standardization.  Prior to joining Promex, Serafin has worked for companies that include UTAC, Advanced Interconnect Technologies, Nchip, Inc., and Indy Electronics.  Serafin’s early career in engineering and manufacturing management was in the Philippines.

Serafin has 7 patents.  He has also authored several JEDEC standards and served as subcommittee chairman for over 5 years.

Serafin received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines.

 

Paul Gagliano, Business Development Manager

Paul joined Promex in November, 2013.  Paul’s background includes over 20 years of sales experience focusing on technology companies.  Paul has applied his knowledge of account management, sales engineering, product development support and program management at reputable Bay Area companies that include Cooler Master, Solectron/Flextronics, SCI/Sanmina and Vishay. 

Paul received his BA in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

 

Promex Industries Inc., located in Silicon Valley, is a leading microelectronics assembly technologies service provider focused upon the medical device, commercial semiconductor and military markets.  The company’s core competencies of advanced packaging, IC assembly and high tech surface mount assembly including chip-on-substrate, span process development, NPI and volume production.  Promex is ISO 13485:2003 Medical, ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR registered.  For further information, visit www.promex-ind.com or call 1.408.496.0222. 





Rick Stuhler Appointed Enthone Global Product Line Manager, MID and Connectors

WEST HAVEN, Connecticut, USA, January 29, 2014–Mr. Rick Stuhler has been appointed Global Product Line Manager, Molded Interconnect Devices (MID) and Connectors, by Enthone Inc. In addition to assuming global product stewardship of the company’s robust portfolio of MID and connector processes, Mr. Stuhler will be responsible for leading new product introductions, maintaining strategic equipment and material supplier relationships, and working closely with the Enthone regional teams to ensure optimum value for applicators and OEMs.

Mr. Stuhler joined Enthone in 2012 as Business Development Manager, Molded MID - Asia. Prior to Enthone, Mr. Stuhler worked for Tyco Electronics in roles that included new process introductions for electroless plating technology and laser engineering for the antenna industry. 

Sean Mirshafiei, Enthone Vice President - Global Electronics Marketing said, “Since joining Enthone, Rick has brought a wealth of application expertise to Enthone and our customers. His expanded responsibilities will enable an enhanced focus to ascertaining and meeting OEM performance requirements.” Mr. Stuhler will report directly to Mr. Mirshafiei. 

Mr. Stuhler earned a master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He is based in Shanghai, China and will travel extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

About Enthone
Enthone Inc., an Alent plc company, is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, electronics, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries. For more information, please visit enthone.com.





ZESTRON America Announces New Executive Vice President

Manassas, VA - January 28, 2014 - ZESTRON, the worldwide leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Todd Scheerer as the new Executive Vice President, ZESTRON America.  In his role, Mr. Scheerer will continue to focus on ZESTRON’s growth in products and services while expanding the customer base and business development in the U.S., Canada and South America.

Mr. Scheerer has over 20 years of experience in chemical and materials and over the previous 10 years has held technical and commercial global management positions within GE Power & Water. With detailed knowledge of adhesives, coatings, films, metals, and plastics, he has a proven track record of growing businesses through new product development and market expansion resulting in consistently exceeded corporate sales goals.

"Mr. Scheerer is an excellent addition to our global team," says Dr. Harald Wack, President, Dr. O.K. Wack Chemie GmbH and ZESTRON worldwide. "His expertise and experience will be central to bringing the next generation of precision cleaning products to the market as we continue to expand the technology envelope and broaden ZESTRON’s global reach."

Mr. Scheerer earned an executive M.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an M.S. in Textile Technology from the Institute of Textile Technology and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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 six 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.





Atotech's Ecoganth Series - The world's first truly green electroless copper solution

Berlin, January 2014 - With Atotech's new Ecoganth series PCB and IC-substrate manufacturers are enabled to meet future technical, ecological as well as legal requirements.
Processes of the Ecoganth series are free of harmful substances like formaldehyde, nickel, phosphorus and cyanides, and therefore are predestined to become “green”. They can be applied to a variety of applications, such as IC-substrates and HDI applications. The first product in the Ecoganth family for example, Ecoganth MV, was specially developed for high-end IC substrate applications. An adaption dedicated to HDI applications is yet to follow.
 
Features and Benefits  
According to Lars-Eric Pribyl, Global Product Manager Plating Through Hole at Atotech Deutschland GmbH in Berlin, Germany, “The new stabilizer formulation, which was specifically designed for the Ecoganth series, enables an absolutely blister free deposition with perfect coverage on a wide range of modern base materials up to bare laminates like ABF GX-13 and GX-92. It even makes co-deposits such as Nickel superfluous.” He adds that the Ecoganth series has been developed using a biodegradable complexing agent in order to become as environmentally friendly as possible. Other benefits include, but are not limited to, high bath stability, excellent reliability results and full compatibility with the established Neoganth activation series from Atotech.
 
Market Introduction
The first product of the Ecoganth series, Ecoganth MV, was successfully alpha-site tested in conjunction with a customer in Asia. Further products of the Ecoganth family, especially for HDI applications, will follow in the near future. Any sample requests, however, are highly welcome already today.
 
About Atotech
With annual sales of €885 million, Atotech is one of the world's leading manufacturers of processes and equipment for the printed circuit board, IC-substrate and semiconductor industries (Electronics) as well as the decorative and functional surface finishing industries (General Metal Finishing). Committed to sustainability, Atotech develops technologies that minimize waste and reduce environmental impact. Atotech, a division of the Total Group, is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and employs about 4,000 people in over 40 countries. About a quarter of all staff works in one of the four locations in Germany: Berlin, Feucht, Neuruppin and Trebur.