Association News – November 2016
SEMI and MSIG join in strategic association partnership
SEMI, the global industry association representing more than 2,000 companies in the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today announced that MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) will become a SEMI Strategic Association Partner effective January 1, 2017.
Through this strategic partnership, SEMI and MSIG members will benefit from stronger consolidated representation in the MEMS and sensors segments. Members will access SEMI’s global platforms, including its SEMICON expositions and International Standards program, and MSIG’s events, including MEMS & Sensors Executive Congresses, MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress and MSIG Conference Asia. MSIG also brings member-focused initiatives, such as the TSensors™ initiative, as well as industry Standards and community-building to the new partnership.
“SEMI members are increasingly engaged with MEMS and sensors manufacturing,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “The convergence of IC technology, flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), and MEMS and sensors for consumer electronics and IoT applications makes this partnership a clear win for the combined membership. The synergies between our associations will result in increased member value, a unified voice for the MEMS and sensors sector, and a strong platform for global industry collaboration. Ultimately, it will accelerate our joint strategic objectives at a global level and provide greater opportunities to advance the growth and prosperity of members.”
“Our partnership with SEMI reflects our commitment to our members, who have supported us since MSIG’s inception in 2001,” notes Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group. “MSIG members will benefit from this relationship with increased access to global resources and service offerings, the expertise of a complementary industry and fast-track entry to worldwide programs. Ultimately, MSIG members will gain broader reach as they pursue new business opportunities. We are delighted to have such a capable and accomplished partner and look forward to our strategic association partnership with SEMI.”
IPC Celebrates 5th Annual Manufacturing Day
IPC celebrated the 5th annual Manufacturing Day, alongside a group of industry sponsors and co-producers. On this day, manufacturers around the country are joining in a unified effort to highlight current innovations in the electronics industry and inspire the next generation of manufacturing professionals.
“Each year, Manufacturing Day exemplifies the significant contributions our industry makes nationwide, said IPC President and CEO John Mitchell. “IPC and its member companies have witnessed the strides our industry has made this year and look forward to continued growth for years to come.”
As part of Manufacturing Day 2016, IPC member company Arc-Tronics Inc. is hosting a site visit for community leaders at their facility in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Attendees will include: Elk Grove Village Trustees Jim Petri, Sam Lissner and Pat Feicher, along with Dan McManus, district representative for Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
“We are pleased to host these community leaders in celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016,” said Arc-Tronics President Michael Goeringer. “Manufacturing Day provides us with the opportunity to raise awareness about this great industry that has proven to be an integral part of the economy in Illinois and beyond.”
Bay Area Circuits, Inc, an IPC member company located in California, is hosting a Manufacturing Day event for the third consecutive year. Attendees, including 30 engineering students from Ohlone College, will tour the facility and get an up close look at some of the latest machine upgrades and innovations in the field.
“Manufacturing Day has been a great opportunity for us to not only showcase our Silicon Valley operation, but also allows us to connect with engineering students and introduce high technology manufacturing to them as a potential career path,” said Brian Paper, Chief Operating Officer, at Bay Area Circuits. “Our ability to be successful in the long term depends on our ability to attract skilled labor, and this event is helping us accomplish that.”
SMTA welcomes new Board members
The SMTA is pleased to announce its election results for the Board of Directors for the term beginning during SMTA International (September 25 – 29, 2016). Jeff Kennedy, Celestica, Inc., was elected President. Sal Sparacino, ZESTRON Americas, was elected VP Communications. Richard Henrick, Sanmina Corporation, was re-elected as Secretary. Matt Kelly, P.Eng, MBA, IBM Corporation, and Martin Anselm, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology, were re-appointed to the Strategic Development Committee.
Those remaining on the SMTA Board of Directors include: Treasurer, Robert Kinyanjui, Ph.D., John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.; VP Expos, Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation; VP Membership, Eileen Hibbler, TEK Products; VP Technical Programs, Raiyomand Aspandiar, Ph.D., Intel Corporation; Strategic Development Committee members include: Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia; Tim Jensen, Indium Corporation and Scott Priore, Cisco Systems, Inc.
The SMTA bids a fond farewell to departing President, Bill Barthel, Plexus Corporation, and VP Communications, Michelle Ogihara, Seika Machinery, Inc. They are congratulated for a job well done and given thanks for the years of dedication to the SMTA.