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SMTA International Concludes Successfully

Oct 28, 2011

The SMTA released a summary today of the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition which attracted more than 1,000 attendees from 25 countries.  The event took place October 16-20 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

The technical conference was very well-received and continued the SMTAI tradition of having the strongest technical conference in the industry.  Lee Smith of Amkor Technology gave a rousing opening session presentation on the future of Package-on-Package technology.  The Lead-Free Symposium was once again a big draw, covering findings from the NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project.  The riveting Keynote Address by Mark Medlen, Riverwood Solutions, provided an inside look at how a company can develop a supply chain that is as competitive as it is responsive.  All technical papers from the conference are available on the conference proceedings CD which can be purchased in the SMTA BookStore.

Over 120 exhibiting companies filled the sold-out exhibit hall.  Exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the quality of attendees while selecting booth space for 2012.  Events on the show floor included a Poster Session, free lunch, Celebrity Electronics Jeopardy, presentations on Conflict Materials, QFN Device Process, iNEMI Roadmap, Thin Heat Spreader, Automated Inspection, Solar Manufacturing, TLP Stress on ESD Design, and several drawings for great prizes.

The winners of the Prize Drawings were:

  • Ron Molnar (PackageMate, Inc.) - IPOD Touch
  • Art Buccino (Jabil) - Kindle
  • Bill Morse (VJT) - Lead Free Book
  • Katheryn McCurdy (Semblant) - GPS
  • Linda Murchison (Panasonic) - IPOD Nano
  • Tom Hurley (Onset Computer Corporation) - Kindle
  • Niceforo Rodriquez (Amtek) - IPAD 2

Attendees got a true taste of southern hospitality this year during the Party at Billy Bob’s, organized by the SMTA Dallas Chapter.  Complete with tasty Texas barbecue, line dancing, mechanical bull riding, a quick-draw contest, and tons of unforgettable photo opportunities, the party was very well-received and definitely a memorable experience for everyone.

The 2012 SMTAI Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin in Orlando, Florida on October 14-18, 2012.

For more information on SMTA International please contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg: or 952-920-7682 or visit

The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

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