The PCB & EMS cluster: A sound foundation for electronics manufacturing
Establishing the PCB & EMS Marketplace at the 2011 fair gave productronica a unique forum for the entire PCB and EMS industry.
PCB manufacturing and electronics manufacturing services—What the market is saying?
Electronics manufacturing services and PCB manufacturing are the foundation of electronics manufacturing. During the past few years, the EMS industry in particular has changed dramatically: For some time now, manufacturing expertise and a fleet of machines have not been enough to remain successful on the market. Contract manufacturers of electronics must assume more and more risk factors such as innovation and market risk. Process technology and leadership as well as logistics and organization have increased in significance. EMS companies have taken this development into account by continuing to develop their expertise in specific areas and expanding the range of services they provide. They are no longer mere "assembling suppliers" of electronic components, but increasingly serve as problem solvers or basic-design providers that also perform functions such as purchasing materials and are establishing themselves as valuable partners in the production-introduction phase. So the industry is moving in the right direction. However, it must continue to develop because things won't get any easier for providers of electronics manufacturing services in the future. Instead, things will become more diversified, and it will be more difficult to compete on the market.
When it comes to manufacturing PCBs, suppliers from Europe are still in great demand. Manufacturers and their suppliers are concentrated in the region, which creates flexibility and saves time. When they purchase high-quality PCBs, key industries such as automotive electronics, IT, medical technology and renewable energies count on European partners who are known for their speed, flexibility, reliability, creativity and know-how. Thanks to effective collaboration, the entire supply chain in Europe secures the success of new technical developments. Well-developed networks that have been established for many years also allow an intense exchange of knowledge, even with small and medium-sized enterprises.
Productronica's PCB & EMS cluster is also a gathering for the entire PCB and EMS industry. Exhibitors, visitors and partners can meet here, exchange information and find the right suppliers for their requirements.
What sectors does the PCB & EMS cluster cover?
- PCB manufacturing
- Circuit-carrier manufacturing
- Electronic manufacturing services
PCB & EMS Marketplace: What awaits visitors and exhibitors?
By establishing the PCB & EMS Marketplace, productronica has had a unique forum for the entire PCB & EMS industry since 2011. It is the perfect gathering for everyone who is interested in everything related to PCB and circuit-carrier manufacturing or is looking for an optimum system solution from a provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS): They are certain to find what they need at the PCB & EMS Marketplace. Overall, productronica's supporting program received a rating of good to excellent from 93% of visitors. There were 299 exhibitors who presented products to a total of 18,920 visitors in the PCB&EMS cluster at productronica 2017.
The PCB & EMS Marketplace and its communication areas, i.e. the Speakers Corner, the Meeting Corner and the Lounge Corner, are and will remain the most important place for the European PCB and EMS industry to meet.