At the SMTconnect, which took place from 10 to 12 May 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany, it became clear how much life and energy there is in the electronics manufacturing industry: Around 9,000 qualified visitors took advantage of the reunion, to exchange views on trends and to work out solutions for efficient, clean and optimized electronics production in personal discussions. About 35 percent of the trade show visitors came from abroad. 

The mood on-site was consistently positive, with 321 companies and partners expressing their gratitude and delight at the opportunity for spontaneous and fruitful business encounters: “My personal favorite aspect of the fair so far is the event itself!” says Iván Rodrigo Flor Cantos, Manager Marketing Europe Planning & Marketing at Panasonic Connect Europe GmbH. “I love the atmosphere and the opportunity to meet a lot of customers, partners and colleagues personally – all together at the same time. This intensive exchange of information after a long break is so valuable. Thank you to the SMTconnect team!”

EMS Park continues to gain importance

Numerous companies as well as consulting service represented the European EMS industry at the special show area EMS Park. Organizer Mesago, Dieter G. Weiss and the IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries invited participants to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening for a joint trade fair conclusion and networking. In addition, Dieter G. Weiss presented valuable insights from his analyses and studies on the European EMS market at the exhibition forum.

Mario Salhofer, Business Development and customer advisory service Germany, at GINZINGER ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS GMBH confirms the uniqueness and sinificance of the event for the industry: “The SMTconnect is certainly something special! At this fair, you can exchange ideas with like-minded people with complete openness. The honest communication within the SMTconnect community and the focus on a joint way forward are very important, especially after the past two years.”

Thomas Michels, Managing Director of ILFA Industrieelektronik und Leiterplattenfertigung aller Art GmbH, also acknowledges this: “The greatest value for us at the SMTconnect is to meet and talk to people who, just like us, are very close to the product. That’s why SMTconnect is a fixed point where we would like to exhibit regularly.”

Variety of highlights: Forum program, hand soldering competition and more

Trade visitors were able to connect with suppliers of printed circuit boards, components and materials at the PCB meets Components joint booth and discuss individual solutions. In addition, as in previous years, the IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries invited interested parties to put their soldering skills to the test in the hand soldering competition. At the trade fair forum in particular, it became clear which topics are currently occupying the community: In the multi-faceted program, topics such as sustainability, procurement management or artificial intelligence were addressed.

The next SMTconnect will take place from 9 to 11 May 2023 in Nuremberg. For more information, visit: