Panasonic Announces New Electronics Assembly Group

CONTACT: Frank Barney Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation PH: 847-495-6100 FAX: 847-495-6095 PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com

February 2007 - Buffalo Grove, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation (PSSNA-PA) announces the formation of the Electronics Assembly Group. This new group results from combining two highly successful business units - SMT and Micro Electronics.

Customer overlap between SMT and Micro Electronics has continued to increase with the convergence of PCB assembly and packaging technologies. Panasonic feels this change in the market can best be served by presenting one face to the customer. Doing so allows customers to greater leverage their relationship with Panasonic as well.

The market can now approach one team for all their needs whether it is pick and place, screen printing, flip chip, plasma, scribing/dicing, advanced process development, packaging sample builds, customized solutions or all of the above.

"Panasonic believes there is no other supplier with the global reach, manufacturing know-how, and product breadth in the market today," said John Macrina, Group Manager of the new Electronics Assembly Group.

Macrina was previously the Group Manager of Microelectronics and has been with PSSNA-PA for seven years. Before joining Panasonic, he was Sales Manger for ESEC/Zevatech and Global Account Manger for Asymtek. He is a member of SEMI, IMAPS, IMAPS GBC Council, AOPA and the IPC APEX Trade Show Subcommittee.

The new Electronic Assembly Group's first trade show will be APEX 2007, February 20-22 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, a North American source for electronic assembly equipment (SMT), software and technical support, provides total business systems solutions for electronic semiconductor and packaging companies in the global marketplace through one provider. PSSNA-PA is also a premier source for robotic and manual arc welding equipment to distributors, system integrators and end users.

For additional information: Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, 909 Asbury Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-495-6100. www.panasonicfa.com

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