CGI reports director election results

CGI reports director election results Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

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MONTRÉAL, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Oval Room of the Ritz‑Carlton Hotel.

All 15 directors proposed for election at the meeting were elected on a vote by show of hands. The proxies received by CGI for the election of directors were as follows:

Votes for

Votes withheld

%

%

Alain Bouchard

99.5%

0.5%

Bernard Bourigeaud

99.8%

0.2%

Dominic D’Alessandro

99.7%

0.3%

Paule Doré

99.0%

1.0%

Richard B. Evans

99.8%

0.2%

Julie Godin

98.3%

1.7%

Serge Godin

98.8%

1.2%

Timothy J. Hearn

99.8%

0.2%

André Imbeau

98.4%

1.6%

Gilles Labbé

99.8%

0.2%

Heather Munroe-Blum

99.7%

0.3%

Michael B. Pedersen

99.9%

0.1%

Michael E. Roach

98.9%

1.1%

George D. Schindler

99.5%

0.5%

Joakim Westh

99.8%

0.2%

About CGI
Founded in 1976, CGI is the fifth largest independent IT and business consulting services firm in the world. With approximately 72,500 professionals worldwide, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of high-end IT and business consulting services, systems integration and IT and business process outsourcing services. CGI’s client proximity model, best-fit global delivery network, and intellectual property solutions help clients accelerate results and digitally transform their organizations. With annual revenue of C$10.8 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.

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Tusk / Montgomery Philanthropies Commends Washington State Passage of Breakfast After the Bell

Tusk / Montgomery Philanthropies Commends Washington State Passage of Breakfast After the Bell Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a statement from Tusk / Montgomery Philanthropies regarding Washington State’s recent passage of Breakfast After the Bell legislation:

“Today’s passage of Breakfast After the Bell legislation (HB 1508) is a victory for thousands of school children throughout Washington State. Ensuring children are fed is not a Republican or Democrat issue, it’s common sense. Senator Lisa Wellman and Representative Monica Stonier were relentless in advocating for the bill.  Washington’s passage of this important legislation comes on the heels of Governor Cuomo including a similar proposal in his most recent budget along with a strong push in New Jersey and Tennessee.”

BACKGROUND:
Tusk / Montgomery Philanthropies has been instrumental in securing passage of Breakfast After the Bell legislation across the country including Illinois and Pennsylvania. It is currently engaged in ongoing efforts to pass legislation in New York, New Jersey and Tennessee. 

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AEM Holdings übernimmt führenden europäischen Lösungsanbieter Afore Oy, stößt in Markt für MEMS-Prüfung vor

AEM Holdings übernimmt führenden europäischen Lösungsanbieter Afore Oy, stößt in Markt für MEMS-Prüfung vor Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

HELSINKI, 1. Februar 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AEM Holdings hat heute die Übernahme von Afore Oy bekanntgegeben, ein führender Anbieter von Testlösungen für mikroelektromechanische Systeme (MEMS) mit Sitz in Finnland. Durch die Übernahme erweitert AEM sein globales Lösungsportfolio an Logik-IC-Handlern und HF-Prüf- und -Messsystemen um Komplettlösungen für MEMS-Testläufe. Mit der Übernahme von Afore erschließt AEM für seine Halbleiter-Backendlösungen zahlreiche der wachstumsstärksten Technologiesektoren, darunter IoT, Mobilgeräte, Robotik und autonomes Fahren.

 

Afore Oy kann auf eine langjährige Erfolgsbilanz im Bereich MEMS-Prüfung zurückblicken und hat bereits 1998 die ersten MEMS-Testzellen geliefert. Zwischenzeitlich umfasst sein Portfolio an MEMS-Lösungen Wafer-Prober und Test-Handler mit Mehrfachprüf- und Package-Optionen sowie Dreifach-Temperaturprüfung. Afore ist ein Pionier im Bereich der MEMS-Prüfung auf Wafer-Ebene und hilft seinen Kunden, die Kosten- und Zeitgewinne fortschrittlicher IC-Packages voll auszuschöpfen. Die Lösungen von Afore Oy werden bei der MEMS-Entwicklung und -Fertigung im Industrie-, Automobil- und Konsumgütersektor von Kunden in Europa, Japan und den USA eingesetzt.

AEM und Afore werden durch die Zusammenlegung ihrer Expertise und geografischen Präsenz bedeutende geschäftliche Synergien erzielen. Dank AEMs weltweiter Präsenz kann Afore ab sofort große Erstausrüster (OEM) mit globalem Support für seine hochperformanten MEMS-Testlösungen versorgen. Und AEMs globale Fertigungs- und Lieferkette bedeutet für Afore Produktionseffizienzen bei der Beherrschung seines Geschäftswachstums.

„AEM hat sich als erstklassiger Lösungsanbieter für IC-Handling für die fortschrittlichsten Fabriken in der Halbleiterindustrie etabliert. In den zurückliegenden Jahren haben wir unser Portfolio an hochperformanten Lösungen erweitert, um den zusätzlichen wachstumsstarken Technologiemärkten rund um den Globus Rechnung zu tragen. Durch AEMs Übernahme von InspiRain in 2017 haben wir uns Zugang zu einem interessanten Produktportfolio im Bereich der Kabelprüfung für den Automobil- und Netzwerkbereich verschafft. Mit der Übernahme von Afore verstärken wir unsere Präsenz durch hochperformante MEMS-Testlösungen, eines der am schnellsten wachsenden Segmente in der Halbleiterbranche”, sagte Loke Wai San, Executive Chairman von AEM.

Vesa Henttonen, CEO von Afore, fügte hinzu: „Afores Mission ist es, die modernsten MEMS-Fabriken der Welt mit unseren Lösungen zu unterstützen. Unsere Testlösungen zeichnen sich bereits heute durch beispiellose Ausgereiftheit und Zuverlässigkeit sowie geringe Betriebskosten bei der MEMS-Entwicklung und -Fertigung aus. Mit dem Vormarsch der MEMS-Technologie will Afore gemeinsam mit AEM dafür sorgen, dass ein globaler Kundenstamm von diesen Vorteilen profitieren kann.”

Informationen zur AEM Group

Die AEM Group beliefert die innovativsten Hersteller der Welt mit Handling- und Testlösungen und hilft ihnen bei der Entwicklung vieler der erfolgreichsten Produkte für die 5G-Ökonomie, darunter Mikroprozessoren, Hochgeschwindigkeits-Kommunikationslösungen, IoT-Geräte und Solarzellen. AEM hat sich auf fortschrittliche Fertigungslösungen für wachstumsstarke Massenprodukte spezialisiert und ist nutzbringende und langfristige Partnerschaften mit Kunden eingegangen. Bei innovativen Fertigungslösungen steht das Unternehmen in der ersten Reihe. AEM hat seinen Sitz in Singapur und bietet mit seinem weltweiten Netz an Fabriken und Außendienststandorten 24/7-Kundenbetreuung quer durch den gesamten Produktionslebenszyklus.

Website: www.aem.com.sg

Informationen zu Afore

Afore wurde 1995 gegründet und entwickelt MEMS-Sensor-Testlösungen für Anwendungsbereiche von der F&E-Phase über Massenfertigung bis hin zu Testläufen auf Systemebene. Das Unternehmen widmet sich den Endmärkten im Industrie-, Automobil- und Konsumgütersektor. Es ist ein anerkannter Pionier bei der Endprüfung von Sensoren auf der Wafer-Ebene. Afore verfolgt die Mission, seine Kunden durch bessere Sensorleistung und geringere Prüfkosten bei der Erfüllung der Marktanforderungen zu unterstützen.

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AEM Holdings amplía su capacidad de pruebas MEMS con la adquisición del proveedor líder europeo de soluciones Afore Oy

AEM Holdings amplía su capacidad de pruebas MEMS con la adquisición del proveedor líder europeo de soluciones Afore Oy Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

HELSINKI, 1 de febrero de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AEM Holdings anuncia hoy la adquisición de Afore Oy, un proveedor líder de soluciones de prueba de microsistemas electromecánicos (MEMS) con sede en Finlandia. Con esta adquisición, AEM amplía su oferta global de soluciones más allá de los manipuladores de CI lógicos así como la medición y las pruebas de RF, para incluir soluciones de pruebas de MEMS completas. La adquisición de Afore permite a AEM ampliar el alcance de sus soluciones de respaldo de semiconductores en muchos de los segmentos de mayor crecimiento en tecnología como IoT, dispositivos móviles, robótica y conducción autónoma.

 

Afore Oy cuenta con una amplia trayectoria de pruebas de MEMS, habiendo realizado sus primeras celdas de ensayo de MEMS en 1998. Desde entonces, sus innovadoras soluciones de MEMS han crecido hasta incluir testeadores de obleas y manipuladores de pruebas con opciones de paquete y multiestímulo, así como pruebas Tri-temp (a tres temperaturas). Afore es pionera en pruebas de MEMS a nivel de oblea, lo que permite a sus clientes sacar partido al coste completo y las eficiencias de velocidad de los paquetes de CI avanzados. Las soluciones de Afore Oy se utilizan en el desarrollo y la fabricación de MEMS en los sectores de la automoción, la industria y productos de consumo, con clientes en Europa, EE. UU. y Japón.

AEM y Afore lograrán importantes sinergias empresariales combinando su experiencia con su presencia geográfica. Aprovechando la presencia de AEM en todo el mundo, Afore ahora puede ofrecer asistencia global en sus soluciones de pruebas de MEMS de alto rendimiento a fabricantes de equipos originales (OEM) grandes. La fabricación y la cadena de suministro globales de AEM también permiten a Afore aprovechar las eficiencias de producción, conforme se amplíe su actividad empresarial.

“AEM se distingue por proporcionar soluciones de manipulación de CI a las fábricas más avanzadas en la industria de los semiconductores. En los últimos años, hemos ampliado nuestra cartera de soluciones de alto rendimiento para hacer frente a los mercados de tecnología de alto crecimiento adicionales de todo el mundo. La adquisición por parte de AEM de InspiRain en 2017 nos proporcionó una cartera de productos apasionante para pruebas de cables de red y automoción. La adquisición de Afore amplía aún más nuestro espacio con soluciones de pruebas de alto rendimiento en MEMS, uno de los segmentos de mayor crecimiento en semiconductores”, afirmó Loke Wai San, Presidente Ejecutivo de AEM.

El Director General de Afore, Vesa Henttonen añadió, “La misión de Afore es capacitar las fábricas de MEMS más sofisticadas del mundo. Hoy en día, nuestras soluciones de pruebas ya proporcionan sofisticación, fiabilidad y costes operativos bajos inigualables para el desarrollo y la fabricación de MEMS. Con la propagación cada vez mayor de la tecnología de MEMS, Afore junto con AEM busca proporcionar estas ventajas a una base de clientes global”.

Acerca de AEM Group

AEM Group proporciona soluciones de manipulación y prueba a los fabricantes más avanzados del mundo y les ayuda a proporcionar muchos de los productos con mayor éxito para la economía 5G, entre los que se incluye microprocesadores, comunicaciones de alta velocidad, dispositivos IOT y células solares. Al centrarse en soluciones de fabricación avanzadas para productos de alto volumen y alto rendimiento, AEM ha establecido valiosas alianzas a largo plazo con clientes y mantiene su posición en la vanguardia de la innovación en el campo de la fabricación. Con sede en Singapur, AEM da servicio a sus clientes las 24 horas del día, todos los días de la semana, durante todo el ciclo de vida de fabricación, utilizando su red de fábricas y puntos de asistencia de campo de todo el mundo.

Sitio web: www.aem.com.sg

Acerca de Afore

Establecida en 1995, Afore ofrece soluciones de pruebas de sensores de MEMS para diferentes fines que abarcan desde la fase de I+D a la producción a gran volumen además de pruebas a nivel de sistema. La empresa satisface los requisitos de los mercados finales de la industria, la automoción y los productos de consumo. Es una empresa pionera reconocida en pruebas finales a nivel de oblea de sensores. La misión de Afore es ayudar a sus clientes a cumplir los requisitos del mercado con un mayor rendimiento de los sensores y un menor coste de las pruebas.

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AEM Holdings se diversifie dans les tests des MEMS, en acquérant le grand fournisseur européen de solutions Afore Oy

AEM Holdings se diversifie dans les tests des MEMS, en acquérant le grand fournisseur européen de solutions Afore Oy Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

HELSINKI, 1er février 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AEM Holdings annonce aujourd’hui l’acquisition d’Afore Oy, un grand fournisseur de solutions de tests pour les microsystèmes électromécaniques (MEMS), basé en Finlande. Grâce à cette acquisition, AEM va élargir son offre mondiale de solutions, qui portait jusqu’à présent sur les gestionnaires de circuits intégrés logiques et sur les tests et mesures de radiofréquence (RF). Son offre va désormais englober des solutions complètes de tests des MEMS. Acquérir Afore permet à AEM d’étendre la portée de ses solutions backend de semi-conducteurs à un grand nombre des segments de marché qui connaissent la croissance la plus rapide dans des technologies telles que l’IdO, la mobilité, la robotique et la conduite autonome.

 

Afore Oy possède une longue expérience dans les essais des MEMS, car elle a fourni ses premières cellules d’essais des MEMS en 1998. Depuis lors, ses solutions MEMS innovantes se sont développées et ont intégré des sondes de wafers (plaquettes de semiconducteurs) et des gestionnaires de tests présentant des options de stimulus multiples et d’emballage, ainsi que des tests à trois températures. Pionnière en termes de tests des MEMS au niveau des wafers, Afore permet ainsi à ses clients d’atteindre toute l’efficacité possible en termes de coûts et de rapidité des paquets de circuits intégrés avancés. Les solutions d’Afore Oy sont utilisées pour développer et fabriquer des MEMS dans les secteurs automobile, industriel et grand public, auprès de ses clients situés en Europe, aux Etats-Unis et au Japon.

AEM et Afore mettront en œuvre d’importantes synergies commerciales en alliant leur expertise et leur portée géographique respectives. Tirant parti de l’empreinte d’AEM à l’échelle du globe, Afore est désormais à même d’offrir un support mondial pour ses solutions de tests des MEMS très performantes aux grands équipementiers d’origine (OEM). La chaîne mondiale de fabrication et logistique d’AEM permet aussi à Afore de tirer parti des gains d’efficacité de sa production, au fur et à mesure du développement de ses activités.

« AEM a excellé à fournir des solutions de gestion des circuits intégrés aux usines les plus avancées de l’industrie des semi-conducteurs. Au cours des dernières années, nous avons élargi notre portefeuille de solutions très performantes pour répondre aux besoins d’autres marchés technologiques en plein essor dans le monde entier. L’acquisition d’InspiRain par AEM en 2017 nous a apporté un portefeuille stimulant de produits dans le secteur des tests de câbles automobiles et de réseaux. L’acquisition d’Afore nous permet d’étendre notre présence sur le marché grâce à des solutions de tests très performantes des MEMS, l’un des segments les plus dynamiques des semi-conducteurs », a déclaré Loke Wai San, président exécutif d’AEM.

Vesa Henttonen, PDG d’Afore, a ajouté : « Afore s’est fixé pour mission d’alimenter les usines de MEMS les plus sophistiquées du monde. Actuellement, nos solutions de tests offrent déjà une sophistication et une fiabilité sans commune mesure, ainsi que des coûts d’exploitation faibles pour le développement et la fabrication des MEMS. Alors que la technologie des MEMS prend de l’ampleur, Afore et AEM cherchent à offrir, de concert, ces avantages à une clientèle mondiale ».

À propos d‘AEM Group

Le groupe AEM fournit des solutions de gestion et de tests aux fabricants les plus avancés au monde. Il les aide ainsi à fournir un grand nombre de produits parmi les plus performants, destinés à l’économie 5G, notamment les microprocesseurs, les communications à grande vitesse, les dispositifs IdO et les cellules solaires. En axant ses efforts sur des solutions de fabrication avancées pour des produits fabriqués en série et à forte croissance, AEM a tissé de précieux partenariats à long terme avec ses clients, et a su maintenir sa place à l’avant-garde de l’innovation manufacturière. Basé à Singapour, AEM est au service de ses clients 24h/24 et 7j/7, tout au long du cycle de vie de la fabrication, et utilise pour cela son réseau d’usines et de sites de support technique dans le monde entier.

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À propos d‘Afore

Fondée en 1995, Afore propose des solutions de tests de capteurs MEMS (microsystèmes électromécaniques) à des fins d’applications, qui vont de la phase de R & D à la production en série, sans oublier les tests de niveau du système. L’entreprise répond aux exigences des marchés finaux industriels, automobiles et consommateurs. C’est une pionnière reconnue en termes de tests finaux des capteurs au niveau du wafer (plaquette de semi-conducteurs). Afore s’est fixé pour mission d’aider ses clients à répondre aux exigences du marché en améliorant les performances des capteurs et en réduisant le coût des tests.

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AEM Holdings expands into MEMS testing, acquiring leading European solutions provider Afore Oy

AEM Holdings expands into MEMS testing, acquiring leading European solutions provider Afore Oy Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

HELSINKI, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AEM Holdings today announces the acquisition of Afore Oy, a leading Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) test solutions provider based in Finland. With the acquisition, AEM broadens its global solution offerings beyond logic IC handlers and RF test & measurement, to include complete MEMS testing solutions. The acquisition of Afore enables AEM to extend the reach of its semiconductor backend solutions into many of the fastest growing segments in technology such as IoT, mobile, robotics and autonomous driving.

 

Afore Oy has a long track record in MEMS testing, having delivered its first MEMS test cells in 1998. Since then, its innovative MEMS solutions have grown to include wafer probers and test handlers with multi-stimulus and package options, as well as tri-temperature testing. Afore is a pioneer in wafer-level MEMS testing, enabling its customers to realize the full cost and speed efficiencies of advanced IC packages. Afore Oy’s solutions are used in MEMS development and manufacturing in the automotive, industrial, and consumer sectors, with customers in Europe, USA, and Japan.

AEM and Afore will achieve significant business synergies by combining their expertise and geographical presence. Leveraging AEM’s worldwide presence, Afore can now offer global support for its high-performance MEMS test solutions to large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). AEM’s global manufacturing and supply chain also enable Afore to take advantage of production efficiencies, as its business scales.

“AEM has excelled at providing IC handling solutions to the most advanced factories in the semiconductor industry. In recent years, we have broadened our portfolio of high-performance solutions to address additional high-growth technology markets around the world. AEM’s acquisition of InspiRain in 2017 provided us with an exciting product portfolio in automotive and network cable testing. Our acquisition of Afore further expands our footprint through high-performance test solutions in MEMS, one of the fastest growing segments in semiconductors,” said Loke Wai San, Executive Chairman of AEM.

Afore CEO Vesa Henttonen added, “Afore’s mission is to power the most sophisticated MEMS factories in the world. Today, our testing solutions already provide unrivaled sophistication, reliability, and low operating costs for MEMS development and manufacturing. As MEMS technology becomes more widespread, Afore together with AEM look to deliver these benefits to a global customer base.”

About AEM Group

The AEM Group provides handling and test solutions to the most advanced manufacturers in the world, helping them deliver many of the most successful products for the 5G economy including microprocessors, high speed communications, IOT devices, and solar cells. By focusing on advanced manufacturing solutions for high-volume, high-growth products, AEM has established valuable and long-term partnerships with customers, and maintaining its position at the forefront of manufacturing innovation. Based in Singapore, AEM serves its customers 24/7, across the entire manufacturing lifecycle, using its network of factories and field support locations worldwide.

Website: www.aem.com.sg

About Afore

Established in 1995, Afore offers MEMS sensor test solutions for purposes ranging from the R&D phase, to high volume production, and further on to system level testing. The company addresses the requirements of the industrial, automotive, and consumer end markets. It is a recognized pioneer in wafer level final testing of sensors. Afore’s mission is to help its customers meet market requirements with better sensor performance and lower cost of tests.

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AEM Holdings entra nel settore dei collaudi MEMS grazie all'acquisizione del leader europeo Afore Oy

AEM Holdings entra nel settore dei collaudi MEMS grazie all'acquisizione del leader europeo Afore Oy Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

HELSINKI, 1 febbraio 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AEM Holdings ha annunciato oggi l’acquisizione di Afore Oy, fornitore leader di soluzioni per il collaudo di componenti MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) con sede in Finlandia. Grazie all’acquisizione, AEM amplia l’offerta di soluzioni globali e affianca a misurazioni e test RF e handler per circuiti integrati logici, la fornitura di soluzioni di collaudo MEMS complete. L’acquisizione di Afore aiuta AEM ad ampliare la portata delle sue soluzioni backend per semiconduttori in molti segmenti tecnologici in rapida crescita, quali IoT, mobile, robotica e guida autonoma.

 

Afore Oy vanta un comprovato curriculum nel campo del testing MEMS, risalente alle prime cellule di test MEMS del 1998. Da allora, le sue innovative soluzioni per MEMS sono cresciute fino a includere wafer prober, handler con opzioni package e multi-stimolo e collaudi a tri-temp. Afore è pioniere nei test MEMS a livello di wafer, e aiuta i propri clienti a mettere a frutto costi e velocità di pacchetti per CI avanzati. Le soluzioni di Afore Oy sono usate nello sviluppo e nella produzione MEMS nei settori automobilistico e consumer, per clienti in Europa, USA e Giappone.

AEM e Afore daranno vita a una significativa sinergia aziendale combinando competenze e presenza geografica. La diffusione mondiale di AEM permetterà infatti ad Afore di assistere i grandi OEM con soluzioni di testing MEMS ad alte performance. La produzione e la catena di distribuzione globali di AEM consentiranno inoltre ad Afore di sfruttarne le efficienze di produzione, così come quelle commerciali.

“AEM ha raggiunto risultati eccellenti nell’offerta di soluzioni handler per circuiti integrati ai produttori più avanzati del settore dei semiconduttori. Negli ultimi anni, abbiamo ampliato il nostro portafoglio di soluzioni ad alta performance puntando a nuovi mercati tecnologici in crescita in tutto il mondo. L’acquisizione da parte di AEM di InspiRain nel 2017 ci ha fornito un fantastico pacchetto di prodotti nel settore dei collaudi automobilistici e dei cablaggi di rete. L’acquisizione di Afore ampia ulteriormente il nostro apporto con soluzioni di testing ad alta prestazione per i componenti MEMS, uno dei segmenti interessato dal maggiore sviluppo nel campo dei semiconduttori”, spiega Loke Wai San, Presidente di AEM.

Il CEO di Afore, Vesa Henttonen aggiunge: “La missione di Afore è sostenere i più sofisticati impianti MEMS nel mondo. Oggi le nostre soluzioni di testing offrono già estrema precisione, affidabilità e costi operativi ridotti per lo sviluppo e la produzione di componenti MEMS. Con il diffondersi della tecnologia MEMS, Afore e AEM metteranno tutti questi vantaggi a disposizione di una base clienti mondiale.”

Informazioni su AEM Group

AEM Group offre soluzioni di collaudo ai produttori più sviluppati nel mondo, aiutandoli a distribuire molti dei loro eccellenti prodotti per l’economia 5G tra cui microprocessori, comunicazione ad alta velocità, dispositivi IOT e cellule fotovoltaiche. Concentrandosi su soluzioni di produzione avanzate per prodotti dai volumi elevati e in espansione, AEM ha stretto con i propri clienti partnership consolidate e si mantiene all’avanguardia nell’innovazione produttiva. Con sede a Singapore, AEM offre un servizio attivo 24/7, per tutto il ciclo di vita della produzione, avvalendosi di una rete capillare di fabbriche e punti di supporto sul campo.

Sito Web: www.aem.com.sg

Informazioni su Afore

Fondata nel 1995, Afore offre soluzioni di testing per sensori MEMS per varie finalità: dalla fase R&D alla produzione di grandi volumi, fino ai collaudi a livello di sistema. L’azienda si rivolge ai mercati finali industriale, automobilistico e consumer. Pioniere riconosciuto nel collaudo finale di sensori a livello di wafer, Afore fa fede alla propria missione: aiutare i clienti a rispondere ai requisiti di mercato con sensori dalle performance superiori e costi del collaudo inferiori.

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AEM Holdings laajentaa MEMS-testaukseen hankkimalla Euroopan johtavan ratkaisuntarjoajan Afore Oy:n

AEM Holdings laajentaa MEMS-testaukseen hankkimalla Euroopan johtavan ratkaisuntarjoajan Afore Oy:n Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

HELSINKI, 1. helmikuuta 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AEM Holdings kertoi tänään hankkivansa omistukseensa suomalaisen Afore Oy:n, joka on johtava mikroelektromekaanisten järjestelmien (MEMS) testausratkaisujen tarjoaja. Yrityskaupan myötä AEM laajentaa maailmanlaajuista ratkaisuvalikoimaansa integroitujen piirien logiikkakäsittelijöistä ja RF-testauksesta ja -mittauksesta kokonaisiin MEMS-testausratkaisuihin. Aforen hankinnan myötä AEM pystyy laajentamaan taustatason puolijohdevalikoimaansa monille nopeimmin kasvaville teollisuudenaloille, kuten esineiden internetiin, mobiilialalle, robotiikkaan ja itseohjautuviin ajojärjestelmiin.

 

Afore Oy:llä on pitkä historia MEMS-testauksessa: se toimitti ensimmäiset MEMS-testikennot jo vuonna 1998. Sen jälkeen yrityksen innovatiivinen MEMS-ratkaisuvalikoima on laajentunut kattamaan piipohjaiset anturit ja testauskäsittelijät, joissa on monia ärsyke- ja pakkausvaihtoehtoja, sekä tri-temperature-testauksen. Afore on uranuurtaja piikiekkotasoisessa MEMS-testauksessa, minkä ansiosta yrityksen asiakkaat pystyvät hyödyntämään edistyksellisten mikropiiripakettien koko kustannustehokkuuden ja nopeuden. Afore Oy:n ratkaisut ovat laajasti käytössä MEMS-tuotekehityksessä sekä teollisuuden eri aloilla, autoteollisuudessa ja kuluttajamarkkinoilla. Yrityksellä on asiakkaita Euroopassa, Yhdysvalloissa ja Japanissa.

AEM ja Afore saavat merkittävää liiketoimintasynergiaa yhdistämällä osaamisensa ja maantieteelliset toimintaverkostonsa. Afore pääsee hyödyntämään AEM:n maailmanlaajuista toimipaikkaverkostoa ja tarjoamaan huipputehokkaiden MEMS-testausratkaisujen maailmanlaajuisen tuen suurille OEM-laitevalmistajille. AEM:n maailmanlaajuisen valmistus- ja toimitusketjun ansiosta Afore pystyy myös parantamaan tuotantotehokkuuttaan liiketoiminnan laajentuessa.

“AEM on vakiinnuttanut asemansa mikropiirien käsittelyratkaisujen toimittajana puolijohdeteollisuuden edistyksellisimmille valmistajille. Viime vuosina olemme laajentaneet huipputehokkaiden ratkaisujen valikoimaamme vastaamaan uusien, nopeasti kasvavien teknologiamarkkinoiden tarpeisiin eri puolilla maailmaa. InspiRainin hankinnan myötä vuonna 2017 AEM sai käyttöönsä monipuolisen tuotevalikoiman autoteollisuuden ja verkkokaapelialan testaustarpeisiin. Aforen huipputehokkaiden mikroelektromekaanisten testausratkaisujen kautta saamme lisää jalansijaa markkinoilla, sillä tämä on puolijohdealan nopeimmin kasvavia osa-alueita”, AEM:n hallituksen puheenjohtaja Loke Wai San toteaa.

Aforen toimitusjohtaja Vesa Henttonen lisää: “Aforen tavoitteena on palvella maailman kehittyneimpiä MEMS-tuotantolaitoksia. Testausratkaisumme MEMS-tuotekehitykseen ja valmistukseen ovat jo nyt ainutlaatuisen kehittyneitä, luotettavia ja käyttökustannuksiltaan alhaisia. Kun MEMS-teknologia yleistyy, Afore pääsee yhdessä AEM:n kanssa tarjoamaan näitä etuja maailmanlaajuiselle asiakaskunnalle.”

AEM Group lyhyesti

AEM Group tarjoaa käsittely- ja testausratkaisuja maailman kehittyneimmille laitevalmistajille ja auttaa näitä toimittamaan 5G-ympäristöön menestyksekkäitä tuotteita, kuten mikroprosessoreja, huippunopeaa tiedonsiirtotekniikkaa, IoT-laitteita ja aurinkopaneeleja. Keskittymällä nopeasti kasvavien tuotteiden edistyksellisiin suurtuotantoratkaisuihin AEM on onnistunut luomaan arvokkaita ja pitkäkestoisia asiakassuhteita ja pysymään tuotantoinnovoinnin kärjessä. Singaporelainen AEM on asiakkaidensa tukena 24/7 tuotannon koko elinkaaren aikana maailmanlaajuisen tuotantolaitosverkostonsa ja kenttätukipalvelujensa ansiosta.

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Afore lyhyesti

Vuonna 1995 perustettu Afore tarjoaa MEMS-anturien testausratkaisuja monenlaisiin tarkoituksiin tutkimus- ja tuotekehityksestä aina suurtuotantoon ja järjestelmätason testaukseen. Yritys palvelee teollisuuden ja autoteollisuuden tarpeita sekä kuluttajamarkkinoita. Yritys on saanut tunnustusta anturien piikiekkotasolla tapahtuvan lopputestauksen uranuurtajana. Aforen tavoitteena on auttaa asiakkaitaan vastaamaan markkinoiden vaatimuksiin ja tuottamaan entistä parempia antureita ja edullisempaa testausta.

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AEM Holdings expands into MEMS testing, acquiring leading European solutions provider Afore Oy

AEM Holdings expands into MEMS testing, acquiring leading European solutions provider Afore Oy Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

HELSINKI, Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AEM Holdings today announces the acquisition of Afore Oy, a leading Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) test solutions provider based in Finland. With the acquisition, AEM broadens its global solution offerings beyond logic IC handlers and RF test & measurement, to include complete MEMS testing solutions. The acquisition of Afore enables AEM to extend the reach of its semiconductor backend solutions into many of the fastest growing segments in technology such as IoT, mobile, robotics and autonomous driving.

Afore Oy has a long track record in MEMS testing, having delivered its first MEMS test cells in 1998. Since then, its innovative MEMS solutions have grown to include wafer probers and test handlers with multi-stimulus and package options, as well as tri-temperature testing. Afore is a pioneer in wafer-level MEMS testing, enabling its customers to realize the full cost and speed efficiencies of advanced IC packages. Afore Oy’s solutions are used in MEMS development and manufacturing in the automotive, industrial, and consumer sectors, with customers in Europe, USA, and Japan.

AEM and Afore will achieve significant business synergies by combining their expertise and geographical presence. Leveraging AEM’s worldwide presence, Afore can now offer global support for its high-performance MEMS test solutions to large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). AEM’s global manufacturing and supply chain also enable Afore to take advantage of production efficiencies, as its business scales.

“AEM has excelled at providing IC handling solutions to the most advanced factories in the semiconductor industry. In recent years, we have broadened our portfolio of high-performance solutions to address additional high-growth technology markets around the world. AEM’s acquisition of InspiRain in 2017 provided us with an exciting product portfolio in automotive and network cable testing. Our acquisition of Afore further expands our footprint through high-performance test solutions in MEMS, one of the fastest growing segments in semiconductors,” said Loke Wai San, Executive Chairman of AEM.

Afore CEO Vesa Henttonen added, “Afore’s mission is to power the most sophisticated MEMS factories in the world. Today, our testing solutions already provide unrivaled sophistication, reliability, and low operating costs for MEMS development and manufacturing. As MEMS technology becomes more widespread, Afore together with AEM look to deliver these benefits to a global customer base.”

About AEM Group

The AEM Group provides handling and test solutions to the most advanced manufacturers in the world, helping them deliver many of the most successful products for the 5G economy including microprocessors, high speed communications, IOT devices, and solar cells. By focusing on advanced manufacturing solutions for high-volume, high-growth products, AEM has established valuable and long-term partnerships with customers, and maintaining its position at the forefront of manufacturing innovation. Based in Singapore, AEM serves its customers 24/7, across the entire manufacturing lifecycle, using its network of factories and field support locations worldwide.

Website: www.aem.com.sg

About Afore

Established in 1995, Afore offers MEMS sensor test solutions for purposes ranging from the R&D phase, to high volume production, and further on to system level testing. The company addresses the requirements of the industrial, automotive, and consumer end markets. It is a recognized pioneer in wafer level final testing of sensors. Afore’s mission is to help its customers meet market requirements with better sensor performance and lower cost of tests.

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The UK Video Games Development Sector Powers Forward

The UK Video Games Development Sector Powers Forward Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

LONDON, February 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry, released new findings today which show the UK video games development sector grew to record levels in 2017, with studio headcounts, wider games industry employment, tax revenues and investment surpassing previous records. The UK’s games developer headcount grew to almost 13,300 in 2017, an annualised increase of 7 per cent. The games development sector also now contributes nearly £1.5 billion to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The findings come from TIGA’s definitive forthcoming annual report into the state and health of the UK video games industry Making Games in the UK Today (TIGA, 2018) which is based on an extensive survey of UK games businesses, with analysis by Games Investor Consulting.

TIGA’s research shows that in the year to November 2017:

  • the number of creative staff in studios soared by an annualised rate of 7 per cent to almost 13,300 full-time and full-time equivalent staff;
  • the total games development workforce, including contractors, now exceeds 15,800;
  • the number of jobs indirectly supported by studios rose from 21,744 to 24,259;
  • combined direct and indirect tax revenues generated by the sector for the Treasury are estimated to have increased from £514 million in March 2016 to £613 million in November 2017;
  • annual investment by studios rose from £562 million in March 2016 to £671 million in November 2017; and
  • the game development sector’s annual contribution to UK Gross Domestic Product increased from £1.25 billion in March 2016 to nearly £1.5 billion in November 2017.

Dr Richard Wilson, OBE, TIGA CEO, commented:

“The UK video games development sector powered forward in 2017, growing more than four times the rate of the UK economy. Employment and investment in the sector surged to record levels in 2017 and the industry’s contribution to GDP reached an all-time high of £1.5 billion.

“Our industry is growing for three reasons. Firstly, the UK is one of the finest games development centres globally, with outstanding small, medium and large studios creating products that sell across the world.

“Secondly, the prevalence of mobile and tablet devices, the launch of upgraded consoles,
the popularity of PC games and
the advent of Virtual and Augmented Reality are encouraging investment in games.

“Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) is powering growth. TIGA played a critical role in the long battle to win VGTR, which effectively reduces the cost and risk of games development and is incentivising investment and job creation in the games industry. There is now a clear causal link between the advent of VGTR and headcount growth in the UK games development sector. The UK games industry declined by an annual average
of 3.1 per cent between 2008 and 2011, before VGTR. Since the announcement that VGTR would be made been available, the average annual growth rate has been 7 per cent.

“The sector still faces serious challenges in access to finance, cultural recognition and cutting-edge skills to exploit this rapidly growing market in which the UK is a global success story. We should now reinforce our successful industry by introducing a Games Investment Fund, improving skills and training, enabling UK games companies to recruit highly skilled workers from the EU and beyond, and establishing a British Games Institute. This will ensure that our sector continues to create more jobs, more investment and more video games.”

Jason Kingsley OBE, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director at Rebellion, said:

“The UK video games development industry grew to record levels in 2017 confirming our position as a creative, technological and economic success story. This is great news for consumers, students and developers.

“Yet, our industry continues to face challenges. Access to finance is challenging, particularly for smaller studios. Recruitment of highly skilled people can be difficult. We now need to reinforce our success by retaining and enhancing Video Games Tax Relief, improving studios’ access to finance, developing regional games clusters, continuing to boost education and skills and enabling studios to access highly skilled people from overseas, including from the EU, following Brexit.”

Research methodology 

Games Investor Consulting (GIC) continuously maintains a database of all extant, closed and exiting British games companies. Between September-November 2017, TIGA and GIC conducted an email and telephone survey of British games companies involved in the development of games including studios, publishers, service companies and broadcasters with games divisions. Distribution, manufacturing, peripheral device, marketing and retail companies were not profiled. Companies were asked how many staff worked full time in development. HR, admin, sales, marketing and commercial staff were excluded. 566 companies responded or publish up to date data on headcount, representing 70% of the UK’s total headcount. Estimates for the remaining companies were established by desk research from a variety of other public data and GIC sources. GIC takes the latest data on development headcount to scale total development expenditure, and then uses Oxford Economics’ calculations from their report, “The economic contribution of the UK Games Development industry”, to establish estimates of the development industry’s GDP and tax impact.

About TIGA 

TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Since 2010, TIGA has won 24 business awards and commendations and has been successfully accredited as an Investors in People organisation three times. TIGA focuses on three sets of activities:

  • Political representation
  • Media representation
  • Business services

This enhances the competitiveness of our members by providing benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities. It also means our members’ voices are heard in the corridors of power and positively represented in national, broadcast and UK video games trade media.

TIGA CEO, Dr Richard Wilson was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to the video games industry in the New Year’s Honours list 2018.

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For further information, you can also contact: Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO by email: richard.wilson@tiga.org

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