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Mr Alan Fairbairn – Life member of IMAPS

Mr Alan Fairbairn, a former Chair of IMAPS-UK and a member for some 30+ years during his career with Indium Corp, was recently made a life member of IMAPS-UK.
Thanks to Alan, much of the financial status of the society was rescued from disorder and the society put on to a sound footing. Although Alan has retired, he remains as a Trustee of the society and in recognition for all his contributions of the past 30 years, the committee has made him a life member of IMAPS-UK.

Market news

Analyst, Research and Markets, has just released “Photonics Market by Application (Display, Photovoltaic, Lighting, Manufacturing Technology), End-use Industry (Building & Construction, Media, Broadcasting & Telecommunication, Consumer & Business Automation, Medical, Industrial) – Global Forecasts to 2021″. In this report, the photonics market size is estimated to reach USD 724.22 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 8.4% between 2016 and 2021. High performance and energy saving photonics products such as high speed fibre optics communication networks and highly precise laser systems makes them preferable in various applications.

The photonics market in the manufacturing technology application segment is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. Photonics products are used in manufacturing units for cutting and welding operations using lasers. Lasers are replacing traditional machine tools in manufacturing applications as low cost fibre laser and industrial pulse lasers are being developed. Photonics are also used in the manufacturing of consumer electronics such as DVD players, television, and optical mouse pointers.

The media, broadcasting, and telecommunication sector is estimated to be the largest end-use industry for photonics. The industry is growing due to rising demand for optical fibres. Optical fibres are preferred over metallic wires due to greater safety and security. Moreover, optical fibres cater to high speed transmission requirements for 4G, LTE, and FTTx networks. Optical fibres have witnessed an increase in demand due to investments in telecommunications and information technology and new developments in countries such as China, the U.S., India, and Western and Eastern European countries. Mobile phones and personal computing are promoting the use of photonics in the media and broadcasting industry by enabling data exchange using optical fibres.

Advanced Packaging and Technology Trends – MicroTech 2017 – 16th March 2017

A reminder of the call for papers for our annual conference, Microtech:


This is THE event of the year for the IMAPS community, with keynote presentations from iNEMI and from Fraunhofer IZM this year, discussing Advanced Packaging and Technology Trends.

If you or a colleague would like to present there are still some opportunities, please do get in touch (see call for papers).

The pOp Conference – 22nd November – Edinburgh

Giving Light to your System Design

The performance and cost of opto-electronic systems is dependent on assembly processes used in manufacture.  Join us at the Photonics and Opto-Electronic Packaging Conference at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh on 22-23 November 2016 to update yourself on the latest developments in opto-electronic packaging.

Registration is open at:

IMAPS-UK evening event in Cambridge … 4th October ….FREE TO ATTEND !

If you live around Cambridge – or just happen to be there …. we will meet at the Barclays Eagle Labs in Cherry Hinton Road at 6pm on the 4th of October to consider network and discuss the topic:

Is the Future of Electronics Packaging in 3D Printing?

The event is free to attend but capacity is limited. 30 people are already going so please register now as only a few places are left

MICROTECH 2017 call for abstracts

The call is now open for submission of abstracts to present at IMAPS-UK’s annual meeting: MicroTech2017, taking place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Didcot near Oxford on 16th March 2017.

The theme will be Advanced Packaging and Technology Trends.
Those wishing to present either a paper or poster must submit a 200-300 word abstract by November 30th 2016, to:

For more info:

IMAPS-UK conference: Embedded Device Technology

IMAPS-UK’s next conference, on Embedded Device Technology (EDT), will be held on Thursday the 22nd of September. This Unique Conference, organised by NMI and IMAPS-UK, being held within the Mitel Facility in Caldicot is your opportunity to learn how embedded die technology can miniaturise, improve performance and reduce cost for applications such as power, wireless and wearables.

Key speakers from: Fraunhofer, Microsemi, BPA, and ASE.
Exhibition & networking opportunities

Castlegate Business Park
View Map

For more information and to book your ticket:

Awards for Women In Innovation by Innovate UK

A message from Innovate UK

Launching the infocus Awards for Women In Innovation

We need your help.

Our role at Innovate UK is to identify and nurture the next generation of brilliant innovators. Women are under-represented in the field of innovation, and that needs to change.
It means as a nation we’re failing to harness, capitalise on and celebrate the entrepreneurial talent of female innovators to the detriment of our economy. Boosting female entrepreneurship could deliver approximately £60bn extra to the UK economy.

So we’re launching a special award for women working in innovation, and that’s where you come in.

What are the infocus Awards?
The infocus Awards will celebrate and reward women working across 4 key sectors – Materials & Manufacturing, Health & Life Sciences, Infrastructure Systems, Emerging & Enabling Technologies.
Twelve women will benefit from a valuable tailor-made package of support and four of these will each receive a £50,000 grant to get her brilliant idea up and running.
Could it be you? Could it be someone you work with? Who do you know who could fly the flag for women in innovation?

Find out more about the infocus Awards >

Help us spread the word
Women in innovation – the UK economy needs you! Are you who we’re looking for? Do you work with someone who’s just right for this award? Please spread the word, and let’s get more women in.
Follow the conversation on twitter #infocus

Kind regards,

Innovate UK
North Star House, North Star Avenue,
Swindon SN2  1UE

Dicing technology workshop – 19th May -Norwich (with a visit of Micross facilities)

Are you up to date with recent advances in dicing technology?   Could your company benefit from a better understanding of dicing blades or from learning about laser dicing?  Would you like to hear how several companies are using the latest developments to address the challenges they face?

Register for our workshop on Dicing Technologies, Thursday May the 19th in Norwich.  The event is sponsored by Micross, who will offer all attendees with an opportunity to visit their facilities.

Here is a copy of what our partners Jemi wrote about the event:
“……many of the companies using advanced wafer dicing are also customers of more front end orientated products especially as dicing becomes more technically challenging with hybrid wafers and sensitive MEMS devices and so on. This needs many of the chemicals that are common in front end processes and metrology and analytical techniques also. Recent developments using plasma dicing for ultra low damage and cleanliness requires all the accompanying products of any other deep etch process and is becoming increasingly the process of choice.

You may also not know Micross who are a specialist microelectronics manufacturer making devices and RF products for challenging applications in the military and aerospace arenas and also medical, oil and gas and now also own ELTEK SEMICONDUCTORS in Torquay.  These meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet and learn with potential customers in this area, it is another great networking opportunity for you.”


08.30 Registration & Coffee
09.00 Welcome & Introduction
09.15 Session 1 –“Basics of Dicing” – Andy Longford -PandA Europe
10.00 Session 2 – “Blade Technologies” – John Govier – Inseto
10.45 Networking Break
11.30 Session 3 – “Dicing Equipment and Capabilities”  – Christoph Epple – Disco
12.30 Lunch & Networking
13.15 Micross Facility Tour
14.00 Session 4 – “New Dicing Technologies”

a) Laser Technologies  – Andy Longford – PandA Europe

b) Plasma – Richard Barnett – SPTS

15.00 Networking Break
15.30 Session 5 – Application Case Studies

a) Micross

b) FSL – Fico

c) Inseto – ADT

d) Plasma-Therm

16.50 Workshop Wrap-up
17.00 End of workshop

Microtech 17th March 2016 – Where the Microelectronics industry meets.

We have reached 100 registrations so don’t delay, register NOW to secure your place.

Our annual MicroTech event enables you to keep up-to-date with the latest technology and developments, plus network with leading experts and companies in the sector.

Here are our top ten reasons why you should attend:

1. UK’s only dedicated Microelectronics / Advanced Packaging event.
2. Nine presentations on the latest developments & technologies.
3. Keynotes from: Semefab, Unisem & System Plus.
4. A Unique panel session on “Engaging with Industry for Academics” to explore alternative ways to acquire know-how, expand your expertise.
5. High-impact academic research session with 13 posters presentations.
6. 18 table top exhibits from leading suppliers.
7. Low cost to attend: free parking, buffet lunch & refreshments.
8. Extensive networking opportunities (over 100 attendees).
9. Incorporates the IMAPS-UK Annual General Meeting.
10. Organised by the industry experts IMAPS-UK.


Delegate Registration: The event is open to all, including non IMAPS-UK members, the following delegate rates apply:

Member £75
Student £30
Event Partners: £95
Non Member: £125
All prices plus VAT.

Register HERE now to secure your place!

Full details can be found on our website (


We look forward to seeing you at MicroTech.


Note: we have two exhibitor table-tops available – to reserve yours contact the IMAPS-UK Secretariat: Telephone: + 44 (0)131 202 9004 or Email:

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