Bill Wilkie, ICT Technical Director, welcomed over 88 delegates to an evening meeting at the Newtown House Hotel, Hayling Island on 22nd September 2015. He also introduced the first speaker.
The first speaker for the evening session was Steve Driver (Managing Director of Spirit Circuits) and his paper was titled "Repatriating PCB fabrication from Asia to Europe – in Romania using digital technology"
Steve explained despite the competitors present at the seminar, the opportunities and benefits of PCB production in Romania and the steps to be followed to simplify the bureaucracy. Steve made a very entertaining and interesting speech explaining that with state of the art digital technology Europe can compete with its Asian competitors.
He said: “BRIDGE has introduced us to Romania from the cultural, political and economic perspectives. They have helped us identify regions where we can build a factory to complement our UK and Asian operations and give us greater agility. Furthermore through the introduction to leading government bodies the opportunity of European Funding has made it possible for our company to transform its production methodologies with digital and systemic integration of all processes.
Second speaker was Andre Bodegom with "New developments in Legend Inkjet". Andre also gave a comprehensive review of Camtek soldermask Inkjet.
The next presentation was on “Sculptured Circuits and SMI Surface Mount Interconnects” was by Peter Dobromylski Lyncolec Ltd. He explained how with this tech. we can achieve a level of co-planarity which allows the SMI to be accurately placed by all industry standard “pick & place” machines. The SMIs are assembled directly into solder paste in the same way and during the same process cycle as all other components are placed. The solder joints are made during the reflow process again utilizing industry standard equipment. SMIs are a low cost product for board to board interconnection. The constructions and materials have been specifically selected to provide the most reliable and cost-effective solution. Also, he explained the Benefits and the Applications of Surface mount interconnects.
The final presentation of the seminar was given by Calin Huma (President of Bridge).
He touched many hearts by conducting a review about Romania's situation in terms of economic, political and cultural. Calin spoke of his enthusiasm for the potential of future prospects for SMEs across Romanian region Dolj, Romania.
Mr Huma said: “It’s an event to show the business that there is a new way of trading. We are opening a new window into trade with countries in Europe and we want to make this trade very simple. Romania is a very interesting county for the UK at the moment and has huge levels of potential trading. It’s in line to receive £20 billion from the EU and we want to bring in British business and help Romania spend it.”
For the first time ever the ICT had the privilege of a Romanian Quartet performing some classical music whilst guest enjoyed a buffet dinner and valuable networking.
The seminar had covered a wide range of interesting topics from industry and attracted visitors from Romania, Germany, France and Holland. There had been a strong focus from all the presenters on addressing the manufacturing challenges and on taking their work towards real commercial applications. In summary, this was an excellent seminar that attracted a large audience from the Electronics Industry.