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Project launches for sustainable low-cost production of levulinic acid, for the green chemical industry BOLOGNA, 2 March 2017 - A team of two companies, Bio-on and Sadam Group, has begun working on a project to develop innovative industrial processes, at competitive cost and with low environmental impact, to produce levulinic acid, a key element of the sustainable chemical industry of the future. What is levulinic acid and why is it important. The United States government considers levulinic acid to be one of the largest families of industrial derivatives of the future and it is deemed to be one of the 12 most promising bio-intermediates by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory[1]. According to the most recent forecasts and based on various independent research, Bio-on estimates that market demand for levulinic acid will grow 150-200-fold over the next 7-8 years. It is a natural compound made from biomass and the project envisages using sugar beet co-products as the raw material. It is a platform chemical product that can be used to produce other chemical substances or to replace the synthetic alternatives. The main end users of levulinic acid are the agricultural, pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors, but this natural molecule also helps create new ecological fuels, fertilisers and antiparasitic products. It is also used in the biodegradable plastics sector, expanding its field of application, and it is an intermediate element for making high-performance plastics, drugs and many other new-concept "green" products. The project of Bio-on and Sadam Group. To anticipate the growing demand and exploit a competitive advantage, Bio-on and Sadam Group have launched a shared project to develop innovative industrial processes to produce levulinic acid using sugar industry by-products as raw material. Particular attention will be paid to economic and ecological aspects: current global production of levulinic acid comes from highly polluting plants, with an unacceptable environmental impact for European standards and with vast production costs, resulting in high market prices. For this reason, and thanks to the knowledge acquired by Bio-on laboratories in the last two years[2], a pilot plant will be built for research. Subsequent project development would involve the construction of a demo plant with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes of levulinic acid per year. This structure should be built at Sadam's Tre Casali agro-industrial plant in San Quirico (Parma), which will also include an industrial plant, using Bio-on technology, to produce PHAs biopolymers from glycerol, a co-product of bio-diesel production. The final goal of the project, which in the next 3 years can count on a budget of 6 million Euro, is to demonstrate the possibility of creating a production process at competitive cost and with low environmental impact that can be replicated on a larger scale in a subsequent industrial and commercial phase. The project entitled "Industrial eco-sustainable production of levulinic acid from sugar industry by-products not intended for human food - PROECOLEV" has been approved by MISE (Italian Ministry of Economic Development) with a 2016 ministerial decree now in effect. The project has a duration of 36 months and has an estimated budget of 6 million Euro backed by MISE from the Sustainable Growth fund, Sustainable industry tender 2015, with a blend of subsidised and non-recoverable credit. The technology developed by Bio-on, Sadam Group will encourage the creation of bio-refineries in Europe capable of converting crude, natural raw materials into renewable elements with high added value, within the circular economy and green economy to be promoted in the European Union. "Levulinic acid is considered one of the 12 'building blocks' of the green chemical industry of the future," explains Marco Astorri, Chairman of Bio-on S.p.A. "Working on a new method of producing levulinic acid on an industrial scale over the coming months, as we announced in 2015, fills us with pride and enables us to consolidate our global leadership in the development of modern biochemistry. The project," continues Astorri, "is also approved by MISE, which will support an investment, through financial subsidies within a budget of 6 million Euro, that will determine the budgets needed for the future industrial realisation." "We are pleased with this initial development stage conducted by Bio-on, Sadam Group," says Massimo Maccaferri, Chairman of Sadam, "because this molecule is an extraordinary tool that can kick-start the re-launch of the Italian chemical industry, safeguarding employment and guaranteeing an investment in our future." Bio-On S.p.A., an Italian Intellectual Property Company (IPC), operates in the bioplastic sector conducting applied research and development of modern bio-fermentation technologies in the field of eco-sustainable and completely naturally biodegradable materials. In particular, Bio-On develops industrial applications through the creation of product characterisations, components and plastic items. Since February 2015, Bio-On S.p.A. has also been operating in the development of natural and sustainable chemicals for the future. Bio-On has developed an exclusive process for the production of a family of polymers called PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) from agricultural waste (including molasses and sugar cane and sugar beet syrups). The bioplastic produced in this way is able to replace the main families of traditional plastics in terms of performance, thermo-mechanical properties and versatility. Bio-On PHAs is a bioplastic that can be classified as 100% natural and completely biodegradable: this has been certified by Vincotte and by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). The Issuer's strategy envisages the marketing of licenses for PHAs production and related ancillary services, the development of R&D (also through new collaborations with universities, research centres and industrial partners), as well as the realisation of industrial plants designed by Bio-On. Sadam S.p.A. is a sub-holding in the food and agro-industrial sector entirely controlled by Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri di Bologna through the industrial holding company S.E.C.I., which also operates in environmental and mechanical engineering, construction, real estate, energy and tobacco. Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri ended 2015 with a turnover of 1,191 million Euro and has over 4,600 employees worldwide. Gruppo Sadam, operating on the Italian sugar market since 1936, owns the Agro-industrial hub in San Quirico (PR) and controls Sadam Engineering, which offers technical know-how and solutions for the sugar sector, Sadam Meccanica, for mechanical processes, and Naturalia Ingredients, for the production and sale of grape-based natural sugars. [1] Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass Volume I: Results of Screening for Potential Candidates from Sugars and Synthesis Gas: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35523.pdf [2] In February 2015 Bio-on and Sadam announced an initial collaboration to study innovative methods of producing levulinic acid sustainably and ecologically using sugar industry by-products as raw material. The research, preliminary to today's agreement, was conducted by Bio-on researchers.


News Article | February 14, 2017
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE:FUL) announced today that it has introduced Active Alignment (AA) adhesives designed for camera module assembly at IPC APEX EXPO 2017 in San Diego, California. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/d8c4a28c-95e3-42da-9f6b-e330f262bf37 At this year’s IPC APEX EXPO, H.B. Fuller is connecting with attendees and showcasing its new AA adhesives in addition to the company’s high performance, innovative adhesive solutions for electronics at Booth 733. H.B. Fuller has a global track record of recognizing trends and developing adhesive solutions to address industry challenges and changing market needs, particularly in the fast-growing and ever-changing electronics markets. Through close partnerships with electronics manufacturers around the world, the company has designed high performance adhesive solutions to respond to challenging application needs for electronic devices design and manufacturing process. H.B. Fuller’s platform chemistry innovation has enabled the development of the EA6400 Series, a high-performance, AA adhesive solution for camera lens assembly. The patent-pending chemistry, “LOTERA” (Low Temperature Cure, Enhanced Reliability Adhesive), enables H.B. Fuller to target a product-specific glass transition temperature (Tg) to a given customer requirement e.g. 0 to 150°C. This capability can provide an extra performance benefit of ensuring a stable product storage modulus in the standard operating range of the devices for reliability improvement. “We continually look forward to engaging technical market challenges and solving problems that offer differentiated adhesives solutions to our electronics customers,” says Matt Perry, global director, Engineering Adhesives, H.B. Fuller. “Active Alignment adhesives have further expanded our product portfolio to serve growing demand in electronics markets around the world.” H.B. Fuller’s new products for camera module production, the EA6400 Series, offer customers a one-part, premixed adhesive solution with good RT work life. The products are formulated to offer high UV penetration at short UV exposure times (e.g. 2 -5 seconds), along with industry-leading, secondary thermal cure kinetics and lower temperature cure at short cure times. The formulation targets specific camera module substrates and shapes stability requirements (Rheology), while the high Tg capability enables a strong and more reliable bond. About H.B. Fuller: For 130 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2016 net revenue of $2.1 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in electronics, disposable hygiene, medical, transportation, clean energy, packaging, construction, woodworking, general industries and other consumer businesses. And our promise to our people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit us at www.hbfuller.com and subscribe to our blog. About IPC APEX EXPO IPC APEX EXPO 2017 is a five-day event in the printed circuit board and electronics manufacturing industry. Professionals from around the world come together to participate in the Technical Conference, Exhibition, and Professional Development, Standards Development and Certification programs. These activities offer seemingly endless education and networking opportunities that impact your career and company by providing you the knowledge, technical skills and best practices to address any challenge you face. For more information, visit at www.ipcapexexpo.org.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - February 13, 2017) - Avaya ENGAGE - Avaya has recognized five U.S partners for outstanding support, contribution and commitment to innovation at its Avaya ENGAGE event, currently underway at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Partner awards are the first accolades to be presented at the five-day event and celebrate leaders across five categories, including: Innovation, Networking, Midmarket, Cloud and Service; as well as an overall award for Partner of the Year. The following winners were announced during the ENGAGE ceremony: IPC brings together a financial community of more than 6,000, combining industry expertise and comprehensive technology to help clients anticipate change and solve problems with innovative solutions through nationwide deployments in multivendor environments. As an Avaya partner, IPC has been instrumental in the development, beta testing and positioning of Avaya's SDN Fx Solution for Healthcare. Furthermore, IPC is a leader in the development of innovative customized applications around Aura, Engagement Solutions, Breeze, Private Cloud deployment and Avaya Networking. Alliance Data is the engine behind loyalty and marketing campaigns for more than 1,000 consumer-facing companies worldwide, across industries from retail and travel, to pharmaceutical and financial services. As an Avaya partner, Alliance Data built the staging facility to accelerate installation at the Air National Guard for Avaya's largest networking deal. The company is extremely proficient in unified communications and continues to sell to the strength of Avaya's networking portfolio from a technology perspective, while also delivering double-digit year over year growth in networking sales. STL Communications provides customers with complete communication system management and monitoring services. As an Avaya partner, STL uses the powered by Avaya model to provide both voice and networking as managed service offerings; it also tailors these solutions to specific customer needs as part of a long term customer relationship strategy. In FY16, STL transformed its Total Voice Offer which increased sales of the popular midmarket-solution, IP Office, via a managed services offer. Windstream Communications provides voice and data network communications and managed services to businesses across the U.S.; it's also responsible for residential broadband, phone and digital TV services for more than 8.1 million consumers across 21 states. As an Avaya Partner, Windstream has been a pioneer in the UC/CC-as-a-service market, with its first Powered-by-Avaya xCaaS (Aura) solution established in 2013. The company has been integral in migrating customers to Windstream/Avaya Cloud solutions and has a strong reputation for accelerating delivery of contact center solutions to meet customers' fast-paced and rapidly changing business needs. ConvergeOne is a single-source provider for IT needs; from phone systems and computer networks, to hardware and application development. As an Avaya partner, ConvergeOne has demonstrated best-in-class growth in services, including a maintenance services renewal rate of 80 per cent, call center growth of 30 percent and product spend growth of more than 14 percent year over year. It's also led the roll out C1 Cloud Powered by Avaya. ConvergeOne also receives the accolade for Overall Partner of the Year, recognizing its outstanding revenue growth in 2016 in Product, Maintenance and APS in all sectors. Further to its aforementioned achievements, ConvergeOne is also lauded as Avaya's top growth performance rebate partner and the leading virtual infrastructure business partner, selling more than 20 Pod Fx platforms in Avaya in 2016. "As an Avaya partner, ConvergeOne has demonstrated best-in-class growth in services with superb renewal rates, excellent customer retention and delivery metrics that demonstrate their absolute customer focus," said Gary Levy, Vice President of U.S. Channels, Avaya. "Not only have they grown their Avaya Networking business five times over since 2015, but they have also been integral in several large strategic Breeze wins for Avaya in 2016." Levy continued, "Hats off to all of our partners who join us this week to participate in Avaya ENGAGE, and special congratulations to our award winners for their commitment to customers and passion to drive results. Our partners are an important part to Avaya's success, and it's with great honor to recognize this year's winners." About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world's most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking-offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today's digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information please visit www.avaya.com. Follow Avaya on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Avaya Connected Blog.


News Article | January 11, 2017
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Promwad, an independent electronics design house based in Lithuania, has updated its last year portfolio and highlighted the best projects completed for European customers in various industries: telecommunications, medical devices, and mobile gadgets. Project #1. Tellus is not only a Latin word meaning "Earth", but it is also a smartstation designed for Emzior Technologies. It enables all the communications for a small office and home replacing up to 7 other network devices like DECT base stations, VoIP gateways, WiFi routers, office PBXs and servers. Promwad engineers designed a hardware and software platform for the Tellus smartstation to ensure fully-featured telephony and internet communications right out of the box. This project also involved industrial design and functional testing on the production site. As a result, the customer received a new all-in-one product for small businesses. Project #2 is a portable fish finder named Praktik. Promwad was engaged in development of mobile applications for this device; they also designed a sealed enclosure and prepared it for serial production. Praktik works in conjunction with Android and iOS smartphones, detects fish within a selected area, and creates maps for fishermen. Project #3 is Irma, the only domestic glucose meter in Belarus. The project included PCB tracing, embedded software development, enclosure design, and manufacturing of 1,000 units in the initial batch. This mobile device monitors concentration of glucose level in the blood of people with diabetes helping them to take care of their health. Project #4. A portable dosimeter for Polimaster Ltd. is another mobile device for radiation detection in Promwad’s portfolio. The company has extensive experience in this field. Several years ago they designed DORA, one of the world’s smallest dosimeter-radiometers for a Russian customer. In 2015 and 2016 they mentored a startup ZIVE that worked on one of the best IoT products in Europe, a ZIVE smart radiation monitor (featured in the final at the Elektra Awards 2016). Project #5 is Simka, a GSM adapter for two sim cards in an iPhone. Promwad designed the enclosure for a pucklike device covered with a soft touch paint. Simka contains a micro USB socket for a battery charger, a power button, a sim card holder, and a pin for the iPhone’s sim tray. These were the most interesting company designs published in 2016. Promwad states that their efforts have resulted in a year of growth: the number of projects that went into mass production increased - more and more Promwad’s customers receive batches of new products ready for sales on the target electronics markets worldwide. Next year, the company will continue their work with startups with challenging projects that will allows learning new technologies and thinking out of the box. As usual, Promwad will develop their cooperation with large mature companies, since such customers give them valuable experience in large-scale production with strict quality control. Information about company: Promwad Innovation Company (www.promwad.com) is an independent electronics design center, a member of IPC International Association, which implements a full cycle of development, involving product concept, industrial design and hardware platform design, software development, testing, certification, prototyping, and mass production support. The company’s core specializations are consumer electronics, telecommunications, automotive electronics, automation, media and entertainment. Promwad’s customers are manufacturers of electronics, startups and industry companies in Western and Eastern Europe, USA and Canada. The company’s official partners are IPC International Association, and global vendors of electronic components, such as Texas Instruments, Marvell, STMicroelectronics, Fujitsu and Analog Devices.


BETHESDA, Md. and KANSAS CITY, Mo., Mar. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the leader in Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions, today announced that Children's Mercy Kansas City successfully completed phase one of IPC implementation at Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas in...


News Article | February 27, 2017
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FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio, Feb. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OurPet's Company (OTCQX:OPCO) (www.ourpets.com), a leading proprietary pet supply company, today reported record fourth-quarter revenue of $8.2 million, an increase of 23% compared to revenue of $6.6 million reported in the same period of 2015. Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, increased 172% to $1,227,711 or $0.06 per share, compared to $450,592 or $0.02 per share, for the same period of 2015. Steve Tsengas, President and CEO stated, “The fourth quarter of 2016 was the best in the history of our Company. We capitalized on a strong pipeline, drove revenues, increased margins, and boosted profits. Performance was strong across channels as well. In the fourth quarter, our Pet Specialty channel revenue grew 30%, and our Food, Drug and Mass (FDM) channel revenue grew 17%, each setting new records. Toys and accessories led our category revenue growth, with quarter-over-quarter growth of 41%. This performance was fueled by increases in electronic cat toys such as the “Catty Whack® and Fly By™ Spinner Toy, as well as our other innovative cat and catnip toys. “Revenue for the year increased 13.6% led by 14% growth in the Food, Drug and Mass (FDM) retail channel followed by 8% growth in Pet Specialty. E-Commerce sales for the fourth quarter were down 4%, but up 3% for the year compared to prior year’s sales. The E-Commerce channel is an area with tremendous growth potential and we will continue our strategic investments to increase our competitiveness in that channel.” “Our Gross Profit margin for the 2016 fourth quarter increased to over 35% from 32% in the prior-year period. We also effectively managed our inventory, reducing it by over $900,000 compared to December 31, 2015. By keeping our overhead low, our bottom line reflected the benefits of better fixed cost absorption. “Our growth coupled with our strong operating discipline resulted in record Earnings per Share, both in the quarter and for the year. In the fourth quarter of 2016, we earned $0.06 per share, compared to $0.02 per share in the year-ago quarter. And for the full year 2016, we earned $0.11 per share, compared to $0.07 per share in the year-ago quarter.” Dr. Tsengas continued, “Our dual brand strategy has allowed us to offer differentiated products to both the Pet Specialty and the FDM channels. A major Pet Specialty retailer is currently testing the OurPets® brand in hundreds of stores. This opens the opportunity for many of these products to become “in-line” across all stores. Our largest FDM retailer is adding a number of our new cat toy products.” “In 2016, approximately 10% of our revenues were derived from new products. We believe new products will always be fundamental to our growth strategy, and so innovation is at the core of our corporate identity. We have introduced numerous new products this year and we remain very excited about their potential in the marketplace. These include our Switchgrass Natural Cat Litter™ with BioChar and our Intelligent Pet Care™ (IPC) line that features a family of automatic products with Bluetooth cell phone monitoring of the pet’s health through their use of our  SmartScoop® - Intelligent Litter Box, SmartLink™ Feeder and our SmartLink™ Waterer. The new product pipeline continues to be very robust and we have several new electronic cat toys that are scheduled be introduced nationally this spring through As Seen on TV. Lastly, we continue to develop our partnership with Paulee Cleantec Ltd., whereby we plan to commercialize the patented technology for safely and conveniently eliminating pet waste.” Dr. Tsengas concluded, “In 2016 we achieved our overall strategy of double-digit revenue and net income growth by developing and launching proprietary, innovative products and entering attractive new market segments.” We believe that as we continue to innovate, build retailer relationships, and deliver great products to our customers, we will continue to set records in 2017 and beyond.” 2016 Fourth-Quarter Results Net revenue increased 23.3% to $8,197,370 for the fourth quarter versus revenues of $6,648,394 for the same period last year. The approximate $1.5 million increase was due to strong sales in both the Pet Specialty and Food, Drug and Mass channels. Gross profit for the fourth quarter 2016 increased 36.7% to $2,905,429 compared to $2,124,922 for the prior year’s comparable period. Gross profit margin increased to 35.4% from 32.0% for the same quarter in 2015. Net income increased 172.5% to $1,227,711 compared to $450,592 for the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income per diluted share increased to $0.06 compared to $0.02 a year ago, based on weighted average shares of 20,187,339 for the current quarter compared to a weighted average of 19,377,512 shares for the same period a year ago. 2016 Full Year Results Net revenue for the full 2016 year increased 13.6% to $27,070,160 versus revenues of $23,819,189 reported for the same period last year. The year-over-year increase was due to strong sales in both the Food, Drug, and Mass (FDM) and Pet Specialty channels. Gross profit increased 16% to $8,752,599 for the full 2016 year versus $7,549,513 for the prior year. Net income for the 2016 year increased 60.4% to $2,144,593 compared to $1,336,912 for the previous year. Net income per diluted share for 2016 increased to $0.11 from $0.07 last year based on weighted average shares of 20,134,777 in 2016 compared to 19,262,742 weighted average shares in 2015. During 2016, we reduced total debt by $2,089,555 or 30% while the current ratio improved to 7.35 from 5.30 from the previous year. About OurPet’s Company OurPet’s Company designs, produces and markets a broad line of innovative, high-quality accessory and consumable pet products in the U.S. and overseas. Investors and customers may visit www.ourpets.com for more information about our company and its products. OurPet’s websites include www.petzonebrand.com and www.ourpets.com. Forward-Looking Statements Certain of the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: business conditions; growth in the industry; general economic conditions; addition or loss of significant customers; the loss of key personnel; product development; competition; risks of doing business abroad; foreign government regulations; fluctuations in foreign currency rates; rising costs for raw materials and sources of supply that may be limited or unavailable from time to time; the timing of orders booked; and the other risks that are described from time to time in OurPet’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For further information, contact:


News Article | February 15, 2017
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AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce that Karl Seelig, V.P. of Technology, will present at the SMTA Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium, scheduled to take place February 6th – 9th, 2017 at the Sheraton Poipu Kauai Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. Seelig’s presentation, “Weak Organic Acids – Detection and Reliability Assessment,” will take place on February 8th, 2017 from 1:45 to 2:15 PM. This presentation explores the risks associated with weak organic acids (WOA), common component of no clean liquid fluxes and source of chemical commination that can cause electrical and corrosive failures on circuit assemblies. In this study, the accuracy of common residue extraction methods and a comparison of electrical and soldering performance of common WOA is performed to illustrate the challenges associated with flux residue assessment as it relates to reliability. With over 30 years of industry experience, Karl Seelig has written and presented numerous technical papers on topics including lead-free electronics assembly, no-clean flux technology, assembly & process optimization, inspection, and metallurgical studies. Mr. Seelig serves as the Chairman of the IPC Solder Products Value Council and has been involved in the development of material specifications under IPC. He has also received numerous patents in soldering technology, including four lead-free solder alloys. About AIM Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, AIM Solder is a leading global manufacturer of assembly materials for the electronics industry with manufacturing, distribution and support facilities located throughout the world. AIM produces advanced solder products such as solder paste, liquid flux, cored wire, bar solder, epoxies, lead-free and halogen-free solder products, preforms, and specialty alloys such as indium and gold for a broad range of industries. A recipient of many prestigious SMT industry awards, AIM is strongly committed to innovative research and development of product and process improvement as well as providing customers with superior technical support, service and training. For more information about AIM, visit http://www.aimsolder.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce that Timothy O’Neill, Technical Marketing Manager, will present at the IPC APEX EXPO 2017 taking place February 14-16, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. AIM’s Technical Marketing Manager, Timothy O’Neill, will present his white paper “Assessing the Effectiveness of I/O Stencil Aperture Modifications on BTC Void Reduction” on February 15th, 2017 at the Voiding and Solder Reflow session from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. O’Neill’s paper covers the challenges that PCB assemblers face due to the combination of leadless terminations with underside ground/thermal pads, including tilting, poor solder fillet formation, difficult inspection and – most notably – center pad voiding. The study focuses on I/O pad stencil modifications rather than center pad modifications. It shows a no-cost, easily implemented I/O design guideline that can be deployed to consistently and repeatedly reduce void formation on BTC-style packages. About Timothy O’Neill Timothy O'Neill is the Technical Marketing Manager for AIM Solder. Operating out of AIM U.S. Headquarters, Mr. O'Neill is responsible for developing and optimizing product and technical information, collaborating with complementary suppliers and equipment manufacturers and ensuring AIM’s products exceed expectations and meet market requirements. Mr. O'Neill is also a technical writer and presenter for industry trade publications and events. He has co-authored several papers on PCB assembly subjects. About AIM Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, AIM Solder is a leading global manufacturer of assembly materials for the electronics industry with manufacturing, distribution and support facilities located throughout the world. AIM produces advanced solder products such as solder paste, liquid flux, cored wire, bar solder, epoxies, lead-free and halogen-free solder products, preforms, and specialty alloys such as indium and gold for a broad range of industries. A recipient of many prestigious SMT industry awards, AIM is strongly committed to innovative research and development of product and process improvement as well as providing customers with superior technical support, service and training. For more information about AIM, visit http://www.aimsolder.com.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--L’azienda Tennant (NYSE: TNC), leader mondiale di soluzioni di design, produzione e marketing per contribuire a creare un mondo più pulito e sicuro, ha annunciato oggi di aver firmato un accordo definitivo con il fondo di private equity Ambienta per l'acquisizione del Gruppo IPC, designer e produttore a capitale privato di soluzioni commerciali di pulizia con sede in Italia, in una transazione interamente in contanti del valore approssimativo di 350 milioni di $ (330 milioni di €). Nel 2016 il Gruppo IPC ha generato un fatturato annuale di circa 203 milioni di $ (192 milioni di €). Una volta conclusa, si tratterà dell'acquisizione di maggior portata nella storia dell'azienda Tennant. Tennant anticipa che l'acquisizione sarà accrescitiva sugli utili annuali 2018 per azione. Chris Killingstad, presidente e amministratore delegato dell’azienda Tennant, ha commentato: “ L'acquisizione del Gruppo IPC costituisce una mossa strategica in linea con le nostre aspirazioni di crescita. Il gruppo IPC aumenterà significativamente la sua presenza e la sua quota di mercato in Europa e contribuirà ad aumentare di più del doppio gli attuali affari dell'azienda Tennant nei Paesi EMEA. Raggiungeremo le dimensioni per accelerare la crescita sia di Tennant, sia del Gruppo IPC e usufruire meglio della nostra struttura dei costi nei Paesi EMEA. Fatto importante, le nostre attività sono altamente complementari e differenziate in termini di presenza geografica, prodotti e approccio di accesso al mercato.” Il Gruppo IPC produce macchinari e apparecchiature di pulizia di piccola-media taglia, compresi lavapavimenti e spazzatrici, aspirapolvere, impianti di lavaggio ad alta pressione e i rispettivi ricambi e servizi post vendita. Il Gruppo IPC contribuisce inoltre ad espandere il portafoglio prodotti di Tennant nel campo degli utensili e delle forniture di pulizia, quali carrelli di pulizia multiuso, sistemi per la pulizia dei vetri, moci e panni in microfibra antibatterica e un'ampia gamma di materiali di consumo. Come Tennant, il gruppo IPC è impegnato nell'innovazione e nella sostenibilità del prodotto, con particolare attenzione alla riduzione del consumo di energia, acqua e detergenti. Il gruppo aziendale IPC, con sede in Italia, è fornitore leader di soluzioni professionali di pulizia per mercati commerciali. L'azienda fu fondata nel 2005, in seguito alla fusione di varie aziende leader nel settore della pulizia professionale, ciascuna specializzata in un diverso segmento di prodotti. Dal 2014 il gruppo IPC è un’impresa appartenente al portafoglio di investimenti di Ambienta, fondo leader europeo di private equity incentrato sulla crescita industriale e sull'investimento in aziende ispirate a tendenze ambientali. L'azienda ha 11 uffici in tutto il mondo e svolge attività di vendita in oltre 100 Paesi. Per ulteriori dettagli si rinvia alla scheda informativa allegata al presente comunicato o al sito www.ipcworldwide.com. L'azienda Tennant con sede a Minneapolis (TNC) è leader mondiale di soluzioni di design, produzione e marketing che consentono ai clienti di ottenere prestazioni di pulizia di qualità, di ridurre in modo significativo l'impatto ambientale e di creare un mondo più pulito, più sicuro e più sano. I suoi prodotti comprendono attrezzature di manutenzione delle superfici in ambienti industriali, commerciali e all’aperto, tecnologie di pulizia senza uso di detergenti e altre tecnologie sostenibili e rivestimenti di protezione, riparazione e miglioramento delle superfici. La rete globale del servizio di assistenza su campo di Tennant è la più estesa del settore. Tennant svolge attività di produzione a Minneapolis in Minnesota, a Holland in Michigan, a Louisville in Kentucky, a Chicago in Illinois, a Uden nei Paesi Bassi, a San Paolo in Brasile e a Shanghai in Cina e vende i suoi prodotti direttamente in 15 Paesi e tramite distributori in oltre 80 Paesi. Per ulteriori informazioni, visitare il sito www.tennantco.com. Il logo e i marchi commerciali dell'azienda Tennant designati con il simbolo “®” sono marchi commerciali di proprietà dell'azienda Tennant, registrati negli Stati Uniti e/o in altri Paesi. Alcune affermazioni contenute nel presente documento e altre dichiarazioni scritte e orali da noi espresse di volta in volta sono considerate "dichiarazioni previsionali" secondo quanto contemplato dal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (Legge di riforma sui contenziosi relativi a titoli privati). Queste affermazioni non si riferiscono a fatti rigorosamente storici o attuali e forniscono aspettative correnti o previsioni di eventi futuri. Qualsiasi aspettativa o previsione di eventi futuri è soggetta ad una varietà di fattori. Sono compresi fattori che influiscono su tutte le imprese operanti in un mercato globale, oltre a temi specifici relativi alla nostra impresa e ai mercati da noi serviti. I rischi e le incertezze particolari che ci troviamo attualmente ad affrontare comprendono: la situazione di incertezza geopolitica ed economica su scala mondiale; la concorrenza nel nostro settore di attività, la nostra capacità di attrarre, formare e trattenere personale chiave, la nostra capacità di ottenere un'efficienza operativa, compresi i vantaggi sinergici e altri benefici derivanti da acquisizioni, la nostra capacità di gestire in modo efficace i cambiamenti a livello organizzativo, la nostra capacità di aggiornare, far progredire e proteggere i nostri sistemi di tecnologia informatica, la nostra capacità di sviluppare e commercializzare nuovi prodotti e servizi innovativi, reclami imprevisti relativi alla responsabilità civile per danni da prodotto o ad aspetti di qualità del prodotto, fluttuazioni in termini di costo, qualità o disponibilità di materie prime e componenti acquistati, fluttuazioni dei tassi di cambio delle valute estere, con particolare riferimento alla forza relativa del dollaro statunitense nei confronti delle altre valute principali, il verificarsi di un'interruzione significativa delle attività aziendali e la nostra capacità di ottemperare a leggi e regolamenti. Invitiamo alla cautela nel considerare le dichiarazioni previsionali e sottolineiamo che i risultati effettivi possono differire materialmente a causa di rischi e incertezze noti e sconosciuti. Gli azionisti, i potenziali investitori e altri lettori sono esortati a contemplare questi fattori nella valutazione delle dichiarazioni previsionali e sono invitati non prestare eccessiva fiducia a tali dichiarazioni previsionali. Per ulteriori informazioni sui fattori che possono ripercuotersi materialmente sui risultati dell'azienda Tennant, consultare i nostri altri documenti depositati presso la Commissione per i Titoli e gli Scambi (SEC), comprese le divulgazioni alla voce “Fattori di rischio.” Non provvederemo ad aggiornare alcuna dichiarazione previsionale e suggeriamo agli investitori di consultare le nostre ulteriori divulgazioni su questo argomento nei nostri documenti depositati presso la Commissione per i Titoli e gli Scambi (SEC) e in altre dichiarazioni scritte da noi rilasciate di volta in volta. Non è possibile anticipare o prevedere tutti i fattori di rischio e gli investitori non dovrebbero considerare una qualsiasi lista di tali fattori come elenco esaustivo o completo di tutti i rischi e di tutte le incertezze.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.techradar.com

After months of , and , Ryzen has finally risen and it’s the company’s most impressive processor lineup yet. AMD is on a mission to bring high performance CPUs to the market and challenge Intel, so it has introduced a trio Ryzen 7 chips, its highest-end lineup of CPUs. Starting with the flagship, the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X features 8-cores and 16-threads, as well as a 3.6GHz base speed and top speeds of up to 4GHz. Based on AMD’s first ultra-small 14nm (nanometer) FinFET architecture. Unlike the company's previous architecture, FinFET transistors aren't built on a single plane – instead, they use several fins – and use multiple gates, which means more hardware can be packed inside a CPU and, therefore, more work can get done. The result is a flagship CPU achieves 52% more instructions per clock than AMD's previous chips. In short IPC refers to how much work can a CPU do per cycle and in this case it's a big leap forward with potentially double the performance. So overall, AMD's latest chip is both smaller and quicker. Performance-wise, AMD claims the Ryzen 7 1800X scored 1,601 points in the Cinebench R15 NT benchmark, beating the Intel Core i7-6900K’s 1,474 score. The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X will be available for pre-orders for $499 (about £400, AU$650) – or about half as much as the $1,049 (about £999, AU$1,499) you would spend on the 6900K – starting today, and will arrive to shelves on March 2nd. Just below the Ryzen 7 1800X, AMD also announced the 1700X at an introductory $399 (about £320, AU$520). This 95-Watt TDP processor comes with the same cores and threads as its bigger brother, while clocking in at 3.4GHz for its base speed and a boosted frequency of 3.8GHz. With a Cinebench R15 nT score of 1,537 points it competes with the Core i7-6900K and Intel’s lower-end processors. Last but not least, the Ryzen 7 1700 comes at an astounding value for $329 (about £260, AU$430). Not only do you get 8-cores and 16-threads as with all other Ryzen 7 chips, it runs pretty quick at a 3.0GHz base clock (3.7GHz boost clock), helping it to puts up a decent Cinebench R15 nT score of 1,410. Comparatively, Intel’s competing Core i7-7700K processor posted 967 points in the same test and goes for $349 (£339, AU$479).

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