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What of 1992

What of 1992 EDITORIAL What are the prospects for the electronics industry in Europe? What part do trade organisations have to play in the development of the electronics industry both today and in the future? These are the questions which spring to mind in response to the invitation to write this editorial. Specifically, how do these questions relate to those of us who have a close interest in the application of surface mount technology to the development and production of electronics products? The UK SMART organisation was formed in the mid 1980s. First a group of 'like-minded' engineers met informally to discuss their concerns and fears and to share their successes as they and their companies 'transitioned' their products from the then traditional through hole technology to the new and blossoming surface mount technology. Then, as today in the now widely expanded association, this group comprised a well balanced mix of suppliers to the technology, producers of products utilising surface mounted components, consultants and academic researchers. Although today membership of the SMART group is considerably larger than in 1985, it still represents a good mix of these disciplines, and still meets regularly to discuss production problems and development trends and to review specific applications. As the group expanded in the UK, a separate but closely related organisation was formed in the Republic of Ireland. Today this separate 'off-shoot' follows the same formula as that derived by the original group. The Irish group also maintains close links with its colleagues in the UK group in order further to share our joint experiences (both good and bad). The SMART group has 'corresponding' members in many other European countries, as well as in Scandinavia. So where are we heading? Europe is on course, and some might even say is already working its way down the road to becoming a united Europe. Maybe even the United States of Europe! Whether this is strictly true, and regardless of whether such a direction represents your ideal, it has to be admitted that, if Europe is to survive as an industrial producer, it must do all it can to maximise its productive efficiency. We in the SMART group believe that we can be of help. During the recent 'SMT-Nürnberg' exhibition, the SMART group hosted an exploratory meeting to encourage our German colleagues to form a similar and related group in order further to develop co-operation between our countries, our related companies and our fellow engineers. If SMART can help, over the next few years, in the setting up of branches or 'chapters' in all European countries, then in our small way we will have helped to unify, and more importantly, to improve the competitive potential of, the European electronics industry. Readers may smile at some of these comments as 'pie in the sky' ideals. But it is imperative that we in Europe find as many ways as possible to develop our competitive edge. If not, you may as well sit back, wait for a non-European company to set up a 'screw-driver' plant in your town—and then see how prosperous the Europeans will be! So this is an appeal to all engineers throughout Europe, especially those involved in the application of surface mount technology. Let's see you play your part in developing a strong and prosperous Europe. Let's see you and your colleagues develop similar if not related trade organisations to SMART, and really build on our individual strengths. We in SMART will do all we can to share our experiences and help you set up your local chapter. NORMAN HODSON Member SMART Group Steering Committee Market Development Manager, Dynapert Ltd http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Soldering & Surface Mount Technology Emerald Publishing

What of 1992

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology , Volume 3 (3): 1 – Mar 1, 1991

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0954-0911
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EDITORIAL What are the prospects for the electronics industry in Europe? What part do trade organisations have to play in the development of the electronics industry both today and in the future? These are the questions which spring to mind in response to the invitation to write this editorial. Specifically, how do these questions relate to those of us who have a close interest in the application of surface mount technology to the development and production of electronics products? The UK SMART organisation was formed in the mid 1980s. First a group of 'like-minded' engineers met informally to discuss their concerns and fears and to share their successes as they and their companies 'transitioned' their products from the then traditional through hole technology to the new and blossoming surface mount technology. Then, as today in the now widely expanded association, this group comprised a well balanced mix of suppliers to the technology, producers of products utilising surface mounted components, consultants and academic researchers. Although today membership of the SMART group is considerably larger than in 1985, it still represents a good mix of these disciplines, and still meets regularly to discuss production problems and development trends and to review specific applications. As the group expanded in the UK, a separate but closely related organisation was formed in the Republic of Ireland. Today this separate 'off-shoot' follows the same formula as that derived by the original group. The Irish group also maintains close links with its colleagues in the UK group in order further to share our joint experiences (both good and bad). The SMART group has 'corresponding' members in many other European countries, as well as in Scandinavia. So where are we heading? Europe is on course, and some might even say is already working its way down the road to becoming a united Europe. Maybe even the United States of Europe! Whether this is strictly true, and regardless of whether such a direction represents your ideal, it has to be admitted that, if Europe is to survive as an industrial producer, it must do all it can to maximise its productive efficiency. We in the SMART group believe that we can be of help. During the recent 'SMT-Nürnberg' exhibition, the SMART group hosted an exploratory meeting to encourage our German colleagues to form a similar and related group in order further to develop co-operation between our countries, our related companies and our fellow engineers. If SMART can help, over the next few years, in the setting up of branches or 'chapters' in all European countries, then in our small way we will have helped to unify, and more importantly, to improve the competitive potential of, the European electronics industry. Readers may smile at some of these comments as 'pie in the sky' ideals. But it is imperative that we in Europe find as many ways as possible to develop our competitive edge. If not, you may as well sit back, wait for a non-European company to set up a 'screw-driver' plant in your town—and then see how prosperous the Europeans will be! So this is an appeal to all engineers throughout Europe, especially those involved in the application of surface mount technology. Let's see you play your part in developing a strong and prosperous Europe. Let's see you and your colleagues develop similar if not related trade organisations to SMART, and really build on our individual strengths. We in SMART will do all we can to share our experiences and help you set up your local chapter. NORMAN HODSON Member SMART Group Steering Committee Market Development Manager, Dynapert Ltd

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Soldering & Surface Mount TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1991

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