SMT Hybrid Packaging Is Renamed to SMTconnect to Convey the Lasting Connections Fostered by the Event

The well-established industry show formerly known as SMT Hybrid Packaging has received a new name. Starting in 2019 the event will be known as SMTconnect. The exhibition and Technology Days, set to take place at the Messe in Nuremberg, Germany, is scheduled from May 7-9, 2019.

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According to Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, the name of any event is designed to immediately communicate the main subject plus its unique features. At the same time, the needs of the community should be mirrored to maintain value over a longer period. When it comes to the former “SMT Hybrid Packaging,” these unique features include the bridges and connections built by the trade exhibition. Not only the connections between people and technology and the link between the varying technologies in the supply chain, but also the valuable networking that takes place between people attending the event. This event creates contacts and connections and, therefore, will be named SMTconnect.

While the event’s name may have changed, the concepts and focus areas remain the same. The new name expresses what makes the event unique: SMTconnect fosters connections that are made to last. For the past 30 years, the event has done just that – the new name conveys the fact that the exhibition brings together the entire SMT community; this includes end-users, suppliers, service-providers and customers. With the goal of reaching new target groups and providing the community with even more opportunities to connect and master the challenges posed by the industry, SMTconnect will proactively address numerous topics. This will include the new staging of the electronic manufacturing services – in the new special showcase area “EMS Park” as from 2019.

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Further elements of the event will also be adapted. The tagline has been updated to “Solutions for electronic assemblies and systems.” Additionally, changes have been made to the look of the event with new design language ensuring a fresher appearance.

As a solutions-oriented exhibition, SMTconnect seeks to bring the community together under one roof to tackle the current challenges in microelectronics. It also puts more of the focus on topics with development potential to facilitate valuable, applications-based connections among the right contacts in the industry. As of 2019, SMTconnect will also expand its coverage of electronic manufacturing services.

“The event has been a constant on the market for 30 years,” commented Anthula Parashoudi, Vice President at Mesago. “With the further development of the name and look as well as the new staging of EMS, we do not only want to attract new target groups but also offer our existing exhibitors even more opportunities for high-caliber business relationships, as well as a solutions-oriented exchange.”

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SMTconnect offers a place for the expert community to gather and exchange ideas. The event strives to be a meeting place for all the areas involved in microelectronic production, including electronic manufacturing services (EMS). In doing so, the exhibition and Technology Days focus on the following subjects: system development and production preparation; materials and components; processes and manufacturing; reliability and test; and software and production control.

The event brings together people and technologies from the areas of development, production, services, and applications in connection with electronic assemblies and systems. Industries covered during the event include mechanical/apparatus engineering, telecommunications, medical technology, aerospace engineering, railway technology, measurement technology, industrial electronics, safety engineering, automotive electronics.

This international exhibition, accompanied by the Technology Days, is a must-attend event. At the 2018 event, a total of 434 exhibitors presented solutions for electronic assemblies and systems to 11,879 visitors. Exhibitors came from 30 countries, with 36 percent of them being international exhibitors. On an exhibition space of 26,400 sqm, exhibitors showcased individual solutions for all aspects of electronic assemblies and systems. Of the close to 12,000 visitors, 32 percent came from abroad, primarily representing the areas of production (25 percent), research and development (18 percent), design and technology (16 percent), management (16 percent) and sales (11 percent). More than 85 percent of visitors were involved in procurement decisions, and 94 percent of exhibitors praised the quality of discussions with visitors. Additionally, more than 200 participants attended the conference and tutorials to learn more information about the most important topics in electronics production.

For more information, contact Tobias Schoob at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Rotebuehlstrasse 83 – 85, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany; Phone +49 711 61946-37; E-mail: Tobias.Schoob@mesago.com; Website: www.smtconnect.com

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