iNEMI / SMTA Workshop to Focus on Future Material Challenges for Automotive Electronics

iNEMI and SMTA will host a workshop on automotive electronics in conjunction with SEMICON Europa in Dresden on October 5.

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Herndon, Virginia — September 15, 2015 — The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) and Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) will host a joint workshop on automotive electronics in conjunction with SEMICON Europa 2015 in Dresden, Germany. The one-day workshop, scheduled for October 5, will focus on how new material technologies are transforming automotive electronics and how the challenges that accompany their introduction can be successfully addressed. 

“Future technology trends, coupled with new electronic materials and assembly techniques, will provide unparalleled opportunities to expand the boundaries of commercial possibilities in the automotive electronics market,” said Grace O’Malley, vice president of operations for iNEMI. “At the same time, however, the increased penetration of electronics into the automotive market brings with it increased challenges for electronics manufacturers. Automotive environments demand more in terms of thermal cycling, shock and vibration capabilities, plus there is the expectation of longer term reliability.  This workshop will address some of these challenges and begin a dialogue for industry-wide solutions.”

Topics Covered

O’Malley says the workshop will cover a range of topics that encompass the breadth of the automotive electronics supply chain, such as:

  • Latest trends in automotive electronics and the need for new materials

  • Solutions for reducing both cost and energy consumption during assembly of in-cabin and infotainment systems 

  • How to achieve high-reliability assemblies in harsh environments for under-the-hood and powertrain electronics

  • Solder materials for high-reliability automotive applications

  • Characterization of new materials including thermal materials and filled materials

  • Acceptability criteria for assembly processing


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Stan Rak, Head of Materials Technology, Continental AG

  • Steve Brown, Director of Automotive OEM Marketing, Alpha

  • Karthik Vijay, Technical Manager, Indium  

  • Jörg Trodler, Senior Technical Manager, Heraeus Materials Technology

  • Dr. Andreas Middendorf, Business Development, Fraunhofer Institute

  • Jan Pedersen, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Elmatica / Chair of IPC 6012 Automotive Addendum


Registration for the workshop also includes access to the SEMICON Europa 2015 (October 6-8). Discounted registration rates are available for iNEMI, SEMI and SMTA members. For additional information.  

About SMTA

The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies and related business operations.

About iNEMI

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s mission is to forecast and accelerate improvements in the electronics manufacturing industry for a sustainable future.  This industry-led consortium is made up of approximately 100 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities.  iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies.  The consortium also works with government agencies, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives.  iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan. For additional information about iNEMI, go to   


For additional information:

Cynthia Williams, iNEMI
+1 (207) 871-1260