Industry News October 2021




ACB Group Invests in State of the Art Flying Probe Test System from ATG-LM

The ACB group is one of Europe’s largest independent manufacturers of highest technology printed circuit boards. The group consists of manufacturing facilities at Dendermonde (Belgium), Atlantec and Cibel (France)

Following a comprehensive investment plan for the ACB Group, the group’s subsidiary Atlantec took delivery and installation of the brand new A9 system from atg-LM through its distributor ADEON Technologies. The ACB group has a long term experience with the Flying Probe Electrical test systems from atg-LM.

There is a clear increase of complexity throughout the range of Printed Circuits that are required by the end users. The demand for higher volume, as well as higher mix of products prescribe the need for reliable electrical test systems to secure the 100% functionality of the products. Additional fact is that the amount of circuits, and as a result the amount of testpoints, are increasing per design and the features to be tested are getting smaller all the time also. Read more....



Productronica 2021 - November 16–19, 2021 Messe München

In these uncertain times when travel restriction are still upon us a question needs to be asked. , do we attend or do we not? I for one am glad to say that Electra has made the decision to really push to get back to normality and decided to attend Productronica 2021. The decision was based on conversations with customers and the desire to reconnect with our customers face to face, not to mention the fact that Electra has some exciting new developments in inkjet Soldermask, ident and etch resist.

Although Electra will be taking a smaller contingent than normal, we feel this will still give our customers the chance to discuss Electra’s offerings on Inkjet, DI Soldermask and PCB related materials.

Electra hope to see a good presence from our UK and European base and will be happy to invite you in to our booth for discussion on any subject PCB or other.

Shaun Tibbles


Merlin invests in testing automation, reducing test times and driving improved efficiencies.

The exciting new addition to the Merlin test department is a fully automated ATG A5 bare board testing machine.The printed circuit board industry has ever demanding designs with reduced features and tightly packed circuitry. The ATG A5 is an 8 head machine with soft touch probes testing down to 50um features to meet the requirements of latest PCB designs. Read more....


Distribution of Taiyo Products

We are pleased to announce that Ventec will be taking over the distribution of Taiyo products in mainland Europe, the UK and Ireland.

Effective October 1, 2021, customers in Europe will immediately benefit from the supply chain partnership with Ventec, as it will grant greater and faster access to Taiyo product inventories which will be stocked and fulfilled from Ventec’s distribution hubs in Germany and the United Kingdom. As a leading provider of specialty dielectric inks and via filling inks for use with microvia and build-up technologies, legend inks, dielectric and conductive ink products for the solar, lighting & display markets as well as thermal-cure and UV-cure solder masks, Taiyo America will continue to provide sales and technical support to its direct customers, with Ventec providing supply chain fulfillment and invoicing services. For all other customers, Ventec will offer sales, technical, supply chain / distribution support. The agreement also opens up the opportunity for Ventec to offer Taiyo’s innovative range of specialty inks and solder masks for printed circuit boards to Ventec’s own strong and varied customer base in Europe from industries including medical, aerospace, consumer electronics and automotive. Read more....

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