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4 November 1996
Electronic Engineering Times
Capacitor maker AVX will invest approximately $73 million to expand its multilayer ceramic capacitor production at an existing MLCC facility in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. The company expects to receive almost $13 million for the investment from the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland.
A 45,000 square-foot building will be erected as part of the plan for the development of new energy storage products and automated production systems.
8 October 1996
Capacitor maker AVX developed and introduced in the UK what it claims is the first range of 0603 SMD tantalum capacitors. Company spokesman Roger Barker said: "We have invented a package that eliminates the volume-wasting lead-frame within the capacitor."
According to AVX, capacitance per unit volume in existing 3V surface mount tantalums increases linearly at 1µF/mm3 every three years, and is currently 3.4µF/mm3. By redesigning the packaging, and by using precision sawing techniques common in the semiconductor industry, AVX has achieved 4.7µF/mm3, and expects to push this to 6.3µF/mm3 by the end of 1997.
9 September 1996
Capacitor maker Aerovox said Clifford H. Tuttle has retired as CEO of the company. He will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Mr. Tuttle has been with Aerovox since 1970 and was chairman of the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) from 1994 to 1996. Robert D. Elliott, who joined the company in March as president/COO, was named as Mr. Tuttle's successor.
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