AdFlex starts up Thai plant
ADFlex Solutions Inc. last week completed the qualification process and has began production at its new site in Lamphun, Thailand. The facility provides AdFlex with an additional 100,000 sq-ft. of manufacturing space. The $9 million plant, which will employ as many as 2,500 workers, is capable of processing up to 750,000 circuit assemblies a week, according to ADFlex.
The company has obtained product certification for the new facility from IBM, Iomega, Maxtor, Philips Quantum, Samsung, and Seagate.
Parlex gains QS-9002
Flexible-interconnect maker Parlex Corp.'s manufacturing operation in Empalme, Mexico has received approval for QS-9002 certification from TUV Management Services. Parlex's Flexible Circuit Products facility in Methuen, Mass., and its Laminated Cable Products facility in Salem, N.H., were both awarded QS-9000 certification last summer. QS-9000 is a quality standard that incorporates all the requirements of ISO-9000, but includes additional provisions established by the automotive industry.
IPC names exec
The IPC, a U.S. trade association representing the electronic-interconnect industry, has promoted Jack Crawford to director of assembly standards and technology. In his new role, Crawford will oversee the group's drive to develop standards for electronics assembly, as well as the standardization efforts of its new Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers' Association (SMEMA) council. He will also organize the IPC SMEMA Electronics Assembly Process Exhibition and Conference.
Litton closes Retconn buy
Litton Industries Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., last Monday announced the completion of its acquisition of Retconn Inc. from SEMX Corp.
Based in Torrington, Conn., Retconn is a leading designer and manufacturer of RF coaxial connectors, contacts, and cable harnesses for the communications and computer industries. The company-which had revenue of approximately $18 million for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31-will become a strategic business unit within Winchester Electronics, a division of Litton's Electronic Components and Materials Group.