SMTA International 2000 moves to the windy city

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "SMTA International 2000 moves to the windy city", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 12 No. 1.



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SMTA International 2000 moves to the windy city

SMTA International 2000 moves to the windy city

Keywords: SMTA, Conferences

The Surface Mount Technology Association announced that SMTA International, their flagship technical conference, will begin the new millennium in the Rosemount Convention Center near Chicago, Illinois, on 24-28 September. SMTA International 2000 co-locates with Assembly Technology Expo, the leading trade show for discrete product assembly with more than 14,000 attendees in 1999.

Rich Freiberger, SMTA vice president of technical programs, observed that "Assembly Technology Expo encompasses mechanical and three-dimensional assembly in addition to printed circuit board assembly. This area is growing rapidly in importance to SMTA membership, particularly those in the EMS arena".

"Our strongest chapters are in Ohio, Atlanta and Minneapolis. So the location of Chicago, in the heart of a major manufacturing region with easy direct access both domestically and internationally, will serve a greater number of SMTA members", said Mike Buseman, SMTA vice president of membership.

"Members have long requested a greater SMTA presence in the East and Midwest, and fulfillment of contractual obligations in San Jose offers the opportunity to move SMTA International for the benefit of all members", concluded SMTA president Greg Evans.

Combine SMTA International, the premier electronics manufacturing technology conference, with Assembly Technology Expo which displays equipment, materials, and supplies and addresses the full spectrum of product assembly, and you offer "one-stop shopping" to the OEMs who have long complained about the proliferation of trade shows and conferences.

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