Murata Invests In New Capacitor Technologies

On June 22, 2009 Murata Mfg. Co., Ltd. Of Kyoto, Japan announced that it had reached an agreement with Showa Denko K. K. (SDK) with regard to Murata’s purchase of…

WTO Complaint Involves Key Raw Materials For Passive Components

On June 23, 2009 The USA and the European Union filed separate complaints with the World Trade Organization (WTO) alleging that China is unfairly benefiting domestic industries by restricting exports…

ABB Acquires Capacitor Company in SAF

ABB announced on June 23, 2009 that it agreed to acquire Westingcorp (Pty) Ltd. of South Africa, to expand its portfolio of power capacitors Westingcorp, based in Centurion, Gauteng province…

TDK Corporation: EPCOS Merger Scheduled For Completion By October 2009

Total company sales decreased from 866 billion yen to 727 billion yen between FY 2008 and FY 2009 (a 16% decline). The 2010 FY outlook is for a 2.6% growth…

EPCOS Buys Becromal; Begins Foil Production in Iceland

ITALY – EPCOS AG of Germany acquired the remaining 51% interest, which it did not already own, in Becromal SpA, a Milan-based manufacturer of Medium and High Voltage Formed Foils,…

Samsung Electro-Mechanical: Outperforms In MLCC

Samsung continues to outperform the global passive electronic components market, showing only a slight downturn in comparison to its rivals in 2009-with an estimated 3% overall decline in quarter-to- quarter…

Counterfeiting: Beyond the Rolex

By Bob Willis President, ECA When I was traveling on business in the early 1980s, I assumed the airlines and their employees were doing well. At least it appeared that…

High Voltage Tantalum Polymer Capacitors

By Jayson Young, Product Manager Tantalum & Aluminum; Jake Qiu, Senior Scientist; Randy Hahn, Senior Director Valve Metal Technology; KEMET Electronics Solid tantalum (Ta) capacitors that have intrinsically conductive polymers…

Base Metal Electrode Capacitors Cut Costs in Automotive and High Voltage Applications

By Gerald Koebrugge, Knuth Albertsen, Wiljan Coppens, and Wilma Derks; Ferro Electronic Materials Systems B.V., The Netherlands Today’s automobiles contain an ever-increasing number of electronic gadgets. The need for safer,…

Base Metal Electrode Capacitors Cut Costs In Automotive and High Voltage Applications

By Gerald Koebrugge, Knuth Albertsen, Wiljan Coppens, and Wilma Derks Ferro Electronic Materials Systems B.V., The Netherlands Today’s automobiles contain an ever-increasing number of electronic gadgets. The need for safer,…

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