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APCT named Bill Schwerter director of strategic sourcing.
Kurt Palmer Headshot
Bürkle North America appointed Kurt Palmer president and CEO. Palmer has over 30 years of experience in consumable and equipment distribution throughout North America. He previously served as vice president of sales for Bürkle North America, director of operations for TCT Circuit Supply, and co-owner of Tapco Circuit Supply.
Travis Kelly
Isola named interim CEO Travis Kelly president and chief executive. He comes to the laminate supplier from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that owns Isola.
Eric Starkloff
National Instruments promoted current president and COO Eric Starkloff (pictured) to president and CEO, effective Feb. 1. He replaces Alex Davern , who was CEO for three years.
Shennan Circuits USA named Luis Rivera regional FAE manager.
Summit Interconnect named Marc Strickland flex operations manager.
PCD&F Briefs
Advanced Circuits completed its previously announced move to a new 50,000 sq. ft. location in suburban Phoenix and invested $4 million in new equipment at the site.

Apple reportedly is testing a smartphone with a wraparound display, one that makes use of the sides and rear of the handset.

Chemnitz University of Technology and Fraunhofer researchers have developed a combination of inkjet and screen printing, called multi-material 3-D printing tools, and are using it to develop electronic 3-D printed objects.

KAUST researchers found that a submicrometer-thin mesh of silver nanowires – that is transparent to light, highly electrically conductive, flexible and stretchable, and simple to make – could find use in flexible electronic displays, sensors or solar cells.

Future smartphones may not need traditional metal-based circuits if a startup led by Apple’s ex-5G chief, Ruben Caballero, gets its way. Keyssa’s solution is to ditch the pins.

Hofstetter PCB installed a Schmid PlasmaLine.

Linkoping University researchers discovered a conducting polymer that can both increase and reduce its volume when exposed to a weak electrical pulse. In a sponge, or filter, the researchers can control the size of particles that pass through.

Newark launched a new collection of affordable components, tools and test equipment under its new brand, Multicomp Pro.

PNC purchased a Limata X1000 laser direct imager.

Printed Circuits purchased a Notion Systems n.jet direct solder mask and legend ink printer.

Schweizer Electronic named Neutronics Solutions sales representative for the US and Canada.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) launched an investigation into the effects of the country’s tax on certain chemicals in electronics.

Taiwan Union Technology has reportedly encountered quality issues with its copper-clad laminate that may lead to loss of some major orders from Google , according to reports.

Würth Elektronik CBT became the first fabricator to use Taiyo America IJSR-4000 JM03G inkjet solder mask in production.