Polyclad Laminates manufacturing expansion Completed in Elk Grove, California

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 1 December 2004




(2004), "Polyclad Laminates manufacturing expansion Completed in Elk Grove, California", Circuit World, Vol. 30 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/cw.2004.21730dab.012



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Polyclad Laminates manufacturing expansion Completed in Elk Grove, California

Polyclad Laminates manufacturing expansion Completed in Elk Grove, California

Keywords: Polyclad

Cookson Electronics celebrated the expansion of its Polyclad Laminates state-of-the-art electronics material manufacturing facility in Elk Grove, California recently. More than 75 guests, including customers, state and local officials, media and company employees attended the event. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by tours of the new manufacturing area and a buffet luncheon (Plate 3).

Plate 3 The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Polyclad Laminates

"As a company, we are always steadfast in providing our customers the very best in product quality, performance and total process support," said Ray Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer, Cookson Electronics. "The excellence of this new operation is representative of what makes Cookson Electronics one of the most preferred and highly recognized suppliers of materials and chemistry in the world. We are proud of this accomplishment and thank our customers for making this day possible".

The expansion of Polyclad Elk Grove's laminate and prepreg manufacturing area represents over a $20,000,000 investment initiative by Cookson Electronics in the state of California. The operation will be a major resource to the Americas and Pacific Rim-based printed wiring board fabrication industry, providing material supply, service and support. Products manufactured at Elk Grove will include Polyclad® low and high Tg FR-4 products, including the recently introduced Polyclad FR-370HR high performance, lead-free assembly compatible CAF resistant materials.

"The expansion of Polyclad Elk Grove is a significant investment that tangibly demonstrates our commitment to the Americas market, as well as the global PWB fabrication industry," said Joseph Santolucito, Chief Executive Officer, Polyclad Laminates, Inc. "We are driven to provide customer satisfaction, quick delivery, quality products and superior service, and this expansion helps us meet those objectives."

The plant's next-generation design includes vacuum presses, automatic build-up lines and automatic fabrication equipment. Additionally, new lean manufacturing and advanced scheduling practices will accelerate product delivery speeds and reduce excess inventory problems for customers. The new plant is 43,200 ft2 and situated on 8.3 acres. The real estate enables Cookson Electronics the opportunity to expand both manufacturing capacity and personnel to meet future customer demands.

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