News from the UK

1 April 2016

John Brian Walker, FInstCT, 1928 – 2016

 The Institute of Circuit Technology has lost one of its longest-standing and hardest-working officers. We are sad to record the passing of our Honorary Secretary John Walker at the age of 88.

Only a couple of weeks before his death, John made the effort to attend the Council meeting of the Institute, contributing to the proceedings in his customary forthright manner, then took his place as Hon. Sec. at the Annual General Meeting, where with great authority he ensured that the business was enacted in proper accordance with the Constitution, gave his report and recorded and published the minutes.

John was an elder statesman of the printed circuit industry, his contribution extending over 50 years, joining the newly established Photo Printed Circuits Ltd, in Bisley as early as 1954, and later becoming general manager at printed circuit manufacturer Palmer Aero Products in Blackwater. In 1971, John joined Nevin Electric in Colnbrook as Sales Director, and remained there until the company was sold in 1987.

John became a Member of the Institute of Circuit Technology shortly after its foundation in 1974, with membership number 24. His contribution was recognised and he was soon elected a Fellow and eventually became an Honorary Fellow. John was appointed Chairman of the Institute in 1990 and served in that position for two years, after which he accepted the office of Honorary Secretary and worked tirelessly in that position for the rest of his life.

John was a proud member of the ICT team that was instrumental in organising the first Printed Circuit World Convention, held at the Café Royal in London in 1978 and attended by over 1000 delegates. That and subsequent PCWC events were fundamental in sharing and disseminating technical information throughout the world industry.

He remained dedicated and devoted to furthering the aims and objectives of the Institute, and was respected by fellow Council members as the uncompromising defender of the Institute’s independence and financial security.

We will miss John Walker. We did not always agree with his views, but always respected his commitment to his interpretation of our responsibilities and priorities. His enormous contribution to our industry and our Institute will not be forgotten.

 Pete Starkey

ICT Council




ICT Annual Symposium

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  M Shed on Bristol Harbour
1st JUNE


Presentations from :                   Registration 09:30                    START – 10:00

Alun Morgan will deliver the Keynote presentation on Vehicle Electronics

Steve Brewer of C-Tech Innovation will update on REPRIME 2 – the use of advanced ultrasonics to improve process efficiencies

Francesca Stern of FSC will give her annual ‘state of the nation’ address

Dr Andy Ballantyne  of Leicester University will present the MacFest project – the use of ionic liquids as replacement technology

Andy Cobley of Coventry University will update us on Research Projects supported by the ICT


Supported by Ventec-Europe
ICT 2016 Annual Symposium
Starts at 10:00 and will finish by 15:00 to allow time for the museum
Registration is £95:00 and will also include Museum Entry

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Wapping Road, Bristol
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Viking expands

Viking Test has moved to new UK headquarters facility which, with 15000 sq.m space, gives Viking enough opportunity to accommodate current workload and future expansion plans.

The new factory address is:

Unit 15, Bordon Trading Estate
Old Station Way, Bordon
Hants, UK GU35 9HH

Viking Test’s recent sales activities in India shows potential development opportunity. Viking has won a major Indian contract for supply and service of equipment. As a strategic plan, Viking has laid down future plans for India.

Viking Test Ltd is pleased to announce the official opening of a new sales & service office in Mysuru, India headed by Veena Bopanna. The office is strategically located near to the southern PCB company cluster and operates with a dedicated technical team to support existing & emerging potential market in India.


  • Amith Vijayanand starts working at Viking India as Sales & service Engineer.
  • Hannah joins Viking to support at Viking China office.

‘Having an office in India is an important step of our business vision to provide value added support locally. Our comprehensive Turn Key solutions supports best-in-class PCB manufacturing facility in the emerging Indian market’ says Jake Kelly, Managing Director, Viking Test Ltd, UK.

‘Make in India’ initiatives from Indian Government have kick-started investments in electronic sector. As India is looking forward to be a global hub for manufacturing it’s important to get the supply chain in place. PCB being one of the major commodity & involves high capital investment along with technology, there is a need for growth in PCB manufacturing. Viking provides supports from concept to production with its unique ‘Turn-Key Solution’

Viking Test Ltd is a leading printed circuit board equipment supplier providing quality services and products throughout Europe. For more information on Viking Test and their products and service you can visit them on the web at or by contacting sales manager Veena Bopanna at


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