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Upcoming event on Photonics & Optoelectronics Packaging

See these videos (thanks to EPIC), these give you all the reasons you need to justify attending our upcoming Photonics and Optoelectronics Packaging (POP) event, on the 22nd of November in Edinburgh.

Optoelectronic packaging is one of the current main challenges for optoelectronic device and optoelectronic integration. Among others, it comprises optical underfill compound, optical fiber array, micro lens, silicon carrier and substrate effects on the thermal, optical and reliability performance of optoelectronic packaging. To overcome these challenges, a wide range of analysis and expertise for integrated optoelectronics, thermal and power management should be done.

Traditionally, each optoelectronic technology has followed their own packaging roadmaps, technologies, design rules and standards (eg. PIC (Photonic IC), VCSELs, MEMS based sensors, LEDs, etc.). This workshop will explore common challenges between different photonic technologies as well as bring together the entire value chain in order to identify the current bottlenecks and the ways to circumvent them.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from and network with experts, share thinking with peers and meet our Exhibitors from the Packaging Supply Chain at the co-located exhibition.

This unique Conference, is jointly organised by:

IMAPS (International Microelectronics, Assembly and Packaging Society, UK Chapter)
JEMI UK (Joint Equipment Materials Initiative)
EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium)
SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International).


For the detailed programme:

To register:



Want to know what IMAPS-UK events are like…

Did you know you can read reports on our past events on our website, and if you attended an event, you may still be able to download the presentations and posters:

Events we held this year include our Dicing Technology (for Semiconductor & Packaging Applications) event in Norwich, a Low Temperature Joining workshop in Hemel-Hampstead, of course our annual MicroTech conference which this year was on Sensors, MEMS & Advanced Packaging, the Embedded Device Technology conference held at Mitel facility in Wales (next door to Microsemi).
You will also find reports of our last 2 events:
The Cambridge evening event … held on the 4th October at the Barclays Eagle Labs in Cherry Hinton Road, that was a first for IMAPS-UK in that it was a common interest discussion, free to attend. Some 40 people registered and 23 turned up on the night. An excellent evening of discussion about 3D printing ensued.
On 7 October IMAPS-UK supported the EuMIC RF Packaging workshop at the Excel. A lot of novel advanced packaging technologies were introduced, such as eWLB and SoC/SiC with 3D advanced interconnections.

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
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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
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Swindon SN2  1UE

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