Comlase, a Stockholm, Sweden-based developer of process technology and equipment for the production of semiconductor lasers and optoelectronic devices, has promoted Ulf Tingstrom to vice president of sales and marketing. Tingstrom joined Comlase as director of marketing and sales in 2004. Before that, he held a variety of marketing positions at photonics companies including Melles Griot, ADC Photonics, Altitun and Future Instrument Fiber Optics. . . . BOC Edwards, a provider of services, materials and equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced it was awarded new contracts at eight microprocessor, flash and memory chip manufacturing facilities in the US and Europe for services such as parts cleaning, kit management, coating and refurbishment, vacuum/abatement equipment maintenance and operations, and materials management by dedicated on- and off-site teams. The awards have a potential value of $15 million. "We are seeing a large increase in the number of customers who elect to outsource support activities for wafer fab manufacturing such as the supply chain management of chamber components, subfab repairable assets and materials logistics," said Neels Kriek, managing director, materials and services, at BOC Edwards. . . . Sagitta, a Happauge, N.Y., supplier of fiber optic process equipment, announced that Fiber Optic Center (FOC) Inc., of New Bedford, Mass., will distribute its new Comet laser cleaving system for optical connectors, in the US, Canada and Mexico. The Comet was developed by Corning Cable Systems and is exclusively licensed by Sagitta.