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AIM Solder opened a new full-line manufacturing facility in the Changxing district of Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.

AirBorn broke ground on a $3.7 million investment that will double its size in Pennsylvania and add up to 249 new jobs.

Apple will acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion.

Arrow Electronics will close its plant in Windsor, CT, in mid-September.

AT&T is working with a product division of Jabil to accelerate retail automation using autonomous robots with 5G wireless networking capabilities.

BESTProto installed a Mycronic MY-300 pick-and-place line, its fourth.

Lindsay Goldberg, a New York private equity firm, will acquire a stake in Creation Technologies from Birch Hill Equity Partners and other equity holders for an undisclosed sum.

Epoch International installed a Europlacer EP710 screen printer and iineo+ placement platform, Viscom SPI and AOI, and Heller reflow oven at its EMS plant in Fremont, CA.

Fanuc Robotics America lost an appeal to import PCBs duty-free from China.

A Foxconn subsidiary has invested in a reported $8.9 billion in a new display plant in Guangdong province.

Foxconn and Amazon are coming under fire over labor conditions in a factory located in Hengyang, Hunan Province, China, after a report from the advocacy group China Labor Watch.

Fuji America named Alphatek sales representative in the Western US.

Huawei plans to build an $800 million plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the next three years.

Jabil filed a lawsuit against Essentium and former staff members for the alleged theft of its TenX 3D printer design.

Konka, a leading Chinese home appliance company, is set to establish a JV with HoHo, an Egypt-based home appliance company, followed by an investment for the construction of a new factory.

Laserssel named as representatives SW Systems Technology for the Southwest US and Mexico and Kurt Whitlock Associates in Florida.

Lite-On Technology reportedly plans to sell its storage business consisting of SSD products, with Toshiba Memory being identified as a potential buyer, according to industry sources.

Motion Sensors installed an Optical Control OC-Scan CCX.3 x-ray component counter.

Northrop Grumman is seeking firms with expertise in printed circuit assembly to support what it calls a “major project” dealing with a US Air Force program to replace the Minuteman III ICBM missile system.

The Plexus Azteca manufacturing facility in Guadalajara, Mexico, achieved FDA approval to manufacture finished, Class III medical devices.

Quanta Dialysis Technologies selected Benchmark Electronics as production partner for the SC+ haemodialysis machine.

Sennheiser officially opened its new electronics assembly plant in Brașov, Romania.

TexMac appointed Altrade to represent and service Takaya systems in Brazil.

Unimicron and Qisda are among companies expanding in Taiwan after the Ministry of Economic Affairs approved their applications to participate in a government program to encourage investment.

University of Arkansas researchers are working to develop technology that will help protect electronic devices from high radiation.

Volex has acquired EMS firm Servatron for up to $28.5 million in cash and shares.

Z-Axis named West-Tech representative in Northeastern US and Canada.