Photronics Names Kirlin as President

Photronics, Inc. ,  a worldwide leader in supplying innovative imaging technology solutions for the global electronics industry, has announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Kirlin as President of the Company. Dr. Kirlin has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, US and Europe, since August 2008. In his role as President of Photronics, Peter will continue…

Element14 & Microchip Partner on Pi Board

Element14, partnering with Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has today launched its new Arduino compatible chipKIT Pi Expansion Board in collaboration with element14 and volunteers from the chipKIT and Arduino communities. Pre-registration is available for the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board, priced at $28, which will be available in the final…

Axcelis Names New CFO

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACLS), a leading supplier of enabling ion implantation solutions for the semiconductor industry, today announced the appointment of Kevin J. Brewer as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. Brewer, who has served as the company’s interim CFO since July, will continue to report directly to Chairman and CEO Mary…

Honeywell Completes Intermec Buy

Honeywell  today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Intermec (NYSE: IN), a leading provider of mobile computing, radio frequency identification solutions (RFID), voice-enabled workflow and data-collection solutions, and printing solutions. Honeywell announced its intent to acquire Intermec in December 2012, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $600 million. “The acquisition of Intermec…

In Distribution, How Much Support is Enough?

Although the electronics supply chain is far more complex than a typical consumer transaction, buyers of all types share some common experiences. Consumers order things online as do many electronics purchasers. So I’d like to use this blog to post a question: How much attention do you want from an online store/distributor? Here’s why I…

Molex Completes Acquisition of FCT Electronics

Molex Incorporated, a global electronics components company, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of FCT Electronics Group, based in Munich, Germany.  FCT Electronics Group specializes in designing and manufacturing custom mixed-layout connectors and cable assemblies. This strategic acquisition is expected to expand the presence of Molex solutions in the global medical electronics, industrial,…

IP&E War Heats Up Electronics Supply Chain, Part 1

Large, billion dollar transactions are unusual in the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) components market but recent developments point to a stirring in the sector that will have major impacts on OEMs, suppliers and parts distributors serving the sector. True, IP&E components are anything but glamorous and the main vendors — Amphenol, AVX, Kemet, Molex,…