To extend its product focus, Evox Rifa Inc. has entered into an agreement with Micro Analog Systems Oy to sell its application-specific ICs and integrated passive devices (IPDs).
Evox Rifa, a Lincolnshire, Ill., supplier of plastic film, paper, and electrolytic capacitors, will provide sales and technical support to Micro Analog, a former subsidiary of Nokia based in Espoo, Finland.
Evox Rifa hopes to capitalize on what it sees as a growing need for IPDs in RF and wireless products, according to Andrew Bellavia, vice president of sales and marketing.
IPDs, which combine capacitors, resistors, and inductors in wiring substrates, promise to reduce product weight, size, and cost.
"With IPDs, we can get as much as a 20% to 25% cost reduction and achieve a die-size reduction of two to three times," Bellavia said.
In addition to gaining the advantage of selling the IPDs produced at Micro Analog's fab and design center in Finland, Evox Rifa hopes to gain access to Micro Analog's telecom customers for the sale of its own discrete capacitors.
Evox Rifa Inc. is the U.S. sales and distribution arm of Evox Rifa Group Oyj in Finland. The U.S. company has 18 employees and relies on distributors for about 20% of its sales, according to Bellavia. Evox Rifa's customer base includes industrial electronics, lighting, telecommunications, and automotive electronics.
Last November, the parent organization became a public company traded on the Helsinki stock exchange.
For 2000, Evox Rifa Group reported net sales of 84.2 million euros, or $76.5 million. Europe accounted for 41% of its sales, while North America accounted for 20%.
Evox Rifa Group employs more than 1,300 workers worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Sweden and Indonesia in addition to Finland.
While Evox Rifa Inc. is determined to gain ground in the integrated passive business, the company's core discrete capacitors should also benefit from a steady stream of products being developed by the parent company. These include a line of surface-mount film capacitors as well as snap-in electrolytic capacitors.
In a move to achieve a stronger foothold in the Chinese market, Evox Rifa Group recently announced a joint venture with Jianghai Capacitor Factory to produce electrolytic capacitors. Last June, the group entered into a distribution agreement with Jianghai.