April 28, 2015

As long as it's innovative: World's leading trade fair in Munich to present first productronica innovation award

Innovative products and manufacturing techniques must satisfy very clear criteria to have a chance at the first productronica innovation award: They must be technologically innovative or economical, have a brand new design or be easy to integrate into systems. The productronica innovation award is the first independent award in the electronics production industry and will be bestowed by productronica. The world's leading trade fair has been a trend barometer in electronics production for 40 years, and now it is giving all companies in the industry a chance to submit their innovations for the award. In cooperation with 'productronic" magazine, the award will be presented to exhibitors in five categories at the upcoming productronica from November 10–13, 2015.

productronica has always been a platform for trends and has helped to shape innovations in electronics manufacturing in a sustainable manner. The fair will bestow the first productronica innovation award at the upcoming exhibition in November 2015. An independent panel of judges made up of industry experts will honor the most innovative products and manufacturing techniques in five categories. Judges include Professor Klaus-Dieter Lang from Fraunhofer Institute IZM, Prof. Mathias Nowottnick from the University of Rostock, Dr. Martin Oppermann from TU Dresden, Professor Lothar Pfitzner from Fraunhofer Institute IISB as well as Dr. Eric Maiser from the VDMA and Christoph Stoppok from the ZVEI. The winners will be announced at the main press conference for productronica on November 10.

Falk Senger, Managing Director at Messe München, says: "The topics of the future in electronics manufacturing are more present than ever at productronica. The productronica innovation award is another step toward increasing the focus on topics and technologies that have a promising future."

Clusters and criteria
All productronica exhibitors are invited to submit one or more innovations for the award. Products can be submitted in five categories that are oriented to productronica's new clusters, i.e. PCB & EMS, SMT, Cables, Coils & Hybrids, Semiconductors and Future Markets. The cluster structure was introduced just in time for the 40th anniversary improve the transparency with which entire processes in electronics production are depicted at the fair and to address new visitor groups. To be eligible for the award, the product must be presented at productronica 2015. In addition, it must be a completely new development or a significant technical advancement. The product should be no more than 12 months old at the time of the competition and already be available for sale.

Application forms will be sent to exhibitors by e-mail at the end of April. They will also be available online at www.productronica.com/award. The submission deadline is August 10, 2015.

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