An electronic spectrum


Productronica 2003, the 15th International Trade Fair for Electronics Production, takes place from 11-14 November at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. The organiser says it is the only trade fair that presents the world of electronics in its entirety. Exhibits range from development to services, including manufacturing. The product group categories are organised according to the logical flow of production and to market requirements. From innovative insertion techniques to the latest solar modules, a number of new developments – many of them revolutionary – will be on display at this year's fair. Some 1,535 exhibitors and 88 additionally represented companies are taking part; the key trade fair for production technologies covers a total area of 120,000m2 in 11 halls, representing a range of electronics production from development to delivery and associated services.

MicroSystems technology MicroSystems is a key technology for the 21st century and therefore a growth industry. Productronica 2003 sheds light on the subject – in three dimensions. More than 70 companies will be showing their latest products and processes in the MicroSystems Technology exhibition in Hall B6. These range from substrate materials and production aids to micro-assembly techniques, connections and nano-robotics.

EMS special focus A further premiere at this year's Productronica is the EMS Village. This area, in Hall B2, is supported by the ZVEI and the trade journal Elektronik Praxis. Here, CEMs (contract electronics manufacturers) and providers of EMS (electronics manufacturing services) have a chance to present themselves to the specialist world. The accompanying events include the EMS Focus Day, when the EMS award will be presented to the contract manufacturer of the year. There are also keynote lectures and a panel discussion on the subject of EMS providers and electronics production without the use of lead.