Amphenol Update

Updating a couple of earlier stories.

It looks like the sale of the Amphenol PCB (the former Teradyne Connection Systems) shop is off. Also, insiders at the division tell us there was a layoff last Friday, with some 65 employees getting pink slips.

Meanwhile, Simclar Inc., the Scottish contract manufacturer, has finalized its acquisition Litton Interconnect Technologies’ backplane business. The division will now be called Simclar Interconnect Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Simclar Inc.
Simclar paid $16 million for the in Springfield, MO, plant.

Finally, in case you missed the today’s Webcast of Walt Custer’s industry forecast, you will be able to listen to the on-demand version shortly here. The Webcast was produced by PBR Seminars, a JV of Circuits Assembly’s parent company UP Media Group.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow