The award-winning hotel, golf and spa venue saw attendees get a chance to connect and chat at a well-attended pre-event BBQ and drinks sponsored by EMS and Zeiss.
The Rt Hon Paul Howell got the informal evening under way with a short speech about NMI and NAEME
The MP for Sedgewick East is part of a parliamentary select committee taking industry feedback to help shape policy for the semiconductor industry.
Sustainability and growth
240 guests were on hand as our very own Jillian Hughes opened the conference. She took the opportunity to highlight the work NMI is doing with the Government and affirmed that NMI is “the voice of the semiconductor industry”.
Sustainability and growth were common themes from the 19 industry-leading speakers with many describing the improvements and changes implemented due to Covid.
Gerry Thurgood (Thermco Systems, the conference headline sponsor) discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the current supply chain and where he believes Government support is needed.
“Last year’s global chip shortage caused an unprecedented supply-chain crisis, affecting many key industries, including the auto industry.
“Europe, Japan and the US are formulating new policies to rebuild their domestic semiconductor manufacturing base, so as to mitigate the enormous geopolitical and economic risks involved.”
Alan James (Semefab) presented via video. It should not be missed that all the current semiconductor manufacturing sites are looking to or are already expanding. Getting equipment and staff is a great concern to all sites.
DCMS Semiconductor Strategy
Benjamin Walden (DCMS) explained the current Government strategy is to get input from all interested parties before making any new policy decisions. DCMS is one department tasked with collating this information. The delegate message to Benjamin was that the industry needs substantial Government support to compete on the same footing as the rest of the world.
Correcting poor processes
The clear message from the Continues Improvement session (David Ogden and Dave Butler of Diodes), Daniel Picado (Bourns) and Jony Kelly (Analog Devices) was that reducing the opportunities for human error by correcting poor processes was the key to reducing material scrappage.
We also heard from the newest facilities that have opened up manufacturing sites in the UK recently. Ilika, Clas-sic and pragmatic presented on their enabling technologies supporting many key areas.
Professor Douglas Paul from the University of Glasgow gave a fascinating presentation on the use of quantum imaging for future needs – truly ground-breaking research from UK universities.
Charles Sturman (SoC The Next Frontier) discussed the future of the SOC, System on a Chip, the challenges and expectations of an ever more connected Digital World.
Challenges and opportunities for UK semiconductor start-up companies and how this compares with other countries was the Panel Session topic. Alan Banks led the discussion alongside the panel of Sean Redmond, Caroline O’Brien, Amar Abid-Ali and Ken Williamson.
NMI has been supporting industry for over 25 years and continues to grow. We have a semiconductor industry, here in the UK, contributing to an increasing Global demand for products.
Working together through collaboration, networking and knowledge share is key to success and NMI is driving this throughout the supply chain.
Working with all stakeholders and being Government liaison, we are ensuring that the voice of industry is heard.
We thank our headline sponsor Thermco Systems, our Drinks sponsor Zeiss and EMS who sponsored the BBQ pre-event. We also would like to thank all the attendees, speakers and exhibitors.
We look forward to seeing you all next year.