Finalist’s Revealed for The Electronics Industry Awards!

Following the online vote within the industry, The Electronics Industry Awards has revealed the finalists for 2018, and we are happy to announce that our clients Microchip Technology, Farnell element14 and Anritsu  have all been shortlisted as potential winners in the following categories:

  •  MPLAB X IDE, Microchip Technology - Engineering Development/Design Tool of the Year
  • Anritsu - Test, Measurement & Inspection Product of the Year
  • Farnell element14 - Distributor of the Year
  • Farnell element14 - Environmental Leadership
  • Microchip Technology - Academic Support

We are also delighted to say that Napier has been shortlisted for the Most Outstanding PR Agency category.

The winners will be announced at the Electronics Industry Awards ceremony on Tuesday 25th September 2018, at Birmingham’s National Conference Centre.

Good luck to all our clients, and we look forward to spending a fun-filled night at the awards!


Publisher ACSL Announces StorageSearch.com for Sale

Publishing house ACSL, has announced its decision to put the website StorageSearch.com up for sale.

StorageSearch.com has been the leading website for the storage market since 1998, and the decision to sell has been made as part of a planned transition due to founder and Editor-in-Chief Zsolt Kereke’s retirement.

The website will cease all web advertising commitments and be frozen from 25th December 2018 until a new owner is found to take over the website operation in 2019.

Zsolt has spoken out about his time as editor at StorageSearch.com stating, “In my 40-year career in the electronics industry, the past 20 years at StorageSearch.com have been the most rewarding and enjoyable. And I have been carried on the shoulders of my wonderful readers who have inspired me and instilled their trust."

As a highly-respected and accredited publication in the industry, it will be interesting to see who will make the move to buy StorageSearch.com and the direction they will decide to take the website in.

To find out more information and stay up to date with the latest sale process take a look at the StorageSearch.com website.


1ST IKTEM Conference Declared a Huge Success

The first IKTEM Conference, organised by Svet elektronike & Svet mehatronike magazines, has been declared a huge success for 2018.

With over 140 registered participants, IKTEM 2018 was held in the Kranjska Gora, Venue Ramada Resort from May 31st to June 1st. After the first day of presentations participants were taken to Planica ski centre where they participated in the world's tallest ZIP Line from Planica ski jumping platform.

IKTEM 2018 has gained great interest from the industry, especially in Slovenia, achieving recognition from the Faculty for Electronics in Ljubljana, as well as by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and the Slovenian Craft Chamber.

The conference was carefully crafted for engineers, with presentations being non-commercial and instead technical and practical a crucial element to pleasing participating engineers.

Organiser of the conference Jurij Mikel revealed how, “having very good feedback from both participants and sponsors we see a bright perspective for IKTEM conference in the following years”.

After many years without industry conferences in Slovenia, we previously discussed our delight in Jurij’s decision to launch IKTEM 2018 and it is great to see the industry responding so positively. We look forward to seeing how the IKTEM Conference will grow in the future, and continue to make a positive impact on the industry in Slovenia.


Electronics Industry Awards – Voting Now Open!

We are happy to announce that Napier has been shortlisted for the Outstanding PR Agency category in the Electronics Industry Awards.

We have a great team here at Napier and love the work we do for our clients which is why we are spreading the word and asking you to vote for us as the Outstanding PR Agency.

Support from the industry and our clients is always appreciated, so please take the time to cast your vote now!


A 'Napier Nine' Video... Get to Know Director Dave Ingle

In the latest installment of our 'Napier Nine' video series, we learn all about Dave Ingle, Director at Napier.

Watch Dave's video below to find out the Napier project he is most proud of, what he would spend his last £20 on, and the job title that really reflects what he does at Napier, as he answers his nine questions...

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PCIM Europe has a Record Year for 2018

PCIM Europe 2018 the leading international event for Power Electronics, has seen a record number of visitors on its 40th year anniversary.

Over three days the event was attended by over 11,000 visitors who used PCIM as a platform to gain new knowledge and network with fellow experts in the field. There was a total of 506 exhibitors and 88 represented companies showcasing new trends and innovations from various fields of power electronics. With a 7% increase in visitors from last year, it is clear to see why PCIM Europe 2018 is already being declared such a success.

Lisette Hausser, Vice President at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH and responsible for the PCIM Europe and PCIM Asia, described how they were “particularly pleased to welcome more than 500 exhibitors for the first time in the history of the event” as “the continued increase in visitor numbers demonstrates that in the 40th year of its existence, PCIM Europe is a central meeting point for the international power electronics industry.”

This year PCIM Europe also saw a rise in conference attendees, with more than 800 participants attending over 300 lectures and poster presentations. The conferences provided information on innovative developments in both industry and academia.

Visitors have been quick to praise PCIM Europe this year, and we look forward to seeing the direction PCIM Europe will take with the power electronics industry over the next few years.


Date 2019 Call for Papers Now Open

The Date 2019 conference has officially launched its Call for Papers, inviting experts from across the design, automation and test industries to get involved.

The conference will take place from the 25th - 29th March 2019 at Firenze Fiera, Fortezza da Basso, in Florence, Italy and covers four key topics including: Design Methods and Tools, Application Design, Test and Dependability and Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems.

Two days of the conference will address particularly challenging areas for the system design community, focussing on ‘Embedded meets Hyperscale and HPC’ and ‘Model-Based Design of Intelligent Systems’. The conference will also cover hardware and embedded software design issues, as well as the design requirements and new architectures for challenging application fields such as IoT, multimedia, healthcare, smart energy and automotive systems.

Date 2019 welcomes all paper submissions for standard oral and interactive presentations. As well as encouraging proposals for Special Sessions, Friday Workshops, the University booth, European Projects and the PhD forum.

For more information and to find out how to submit your paper, please click here.


A ‘Napier Nine’ Video… Get to Know Accountant Stacey Peskett

In our ‘Napier Nine’ video series we have been getting to know the Napier team. In this installment, we introduce you to Stacey Peskett, Accountant at Napier.

Watch Stacey’s video below to find out the 4 words she would use to describe herself, the first concert she ever attended and her secret skill, as she answers her nine questions…

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Electronics Weekly BrightSparks Programme is a Huge Success

The BrightSpark programme for 2018 has been declared a huge success, after highlighting the brightest and most talented young electronics engineers in the UK.

Partnering with RS Components and receiving great support from the industry, including HARTING and the IET; Electronics Weekly formed the BrightSpark Programme to celebrate innovative young engineers in the beginning of their careers, and inspire them to become the people behind great innovations in the future.

The BrightSpark programme has received great interest from the industry, with entries up by 25% and page visits up another 2000 compared to last year. The programme featured a high-profile panel full of industry expertise and knowledge, including Peter Hannon managing director at HARTING UK, a client of our our sister company Peter Bush Communications.

Electronics Weekly featured a BrightSparks supplement in their May issue, detailing the awards ceremony hosted on the 3rd May.

At Napier, we are firm supporters of celebrating success at any stage of your career and it is great to see the industry celebrating the successes of the younger generation. By acknowledging all levels of experience in the industry, Electronics Weekly will encourage more people to choose electronics as their career, as well as inspire current engineers to strive to be the best.

We look forward to seeing how the electronics industry evolves with these talented engineers, and who will be behind the great innovations for the electronics industry in the near future.


Four Editorial Offices of WEKA FACHMEDIEN join together for first English Newsletter

The four electronics titles at WEKA FACHMEDIEN, Markt&Technik, Elektronik, Elektronik Automotive and DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK, have collaborated to produce an English language newsletter.

The newsletter covers news from the world of electronics with the choice of English, reflecting a need to respond to the globalisation of the industry. It will be distributed every Friday and published on elektroniknet’s English website.

Editors contributing to the newsletter include Frank Riemenschneider, Stefanie Eckardt, Dr. Ingo Kuss and Gerhard Stelzer, who are all looking forward to adding value to the newsletter each week.

At Napier, we think it is great to see four magazines working together, each with a slightly different focus, and it’s going to be interesting to see how successful a German publisher can be in the English-language market. We’re looking forward to reading the newsletter every Friday.


ETN Magazine launches ETNdigi

ETN has announced the launch of their digital magazine ETNdigi. The magazine will be distributed in a pdf format, consisting of news, technical articles, event reports and columns; as well as containing active links to technical papers and presentations.

The first issue of ETNdigi will be published in June in partnership with Arrow, and will be distributed not only to ETN’s subscription database, but also Arrow Finland’s customer base and Arrow’s IoT summit visitors.
With the first issue to focus on different IoT network technologies, their testing, building blocks and applications, ETNdigi is already promising readers a magazine they would regret missing.
ETN are aiming to distribute 2-3 issues of ETNdigi per year to be based around industry specific themes or events.

For any further questions or to find out how you can advertise with ETNdigi, please contact Editor-in-Chief Veijo Ojanperä.


Clarion Events acquire PennWell to Expand North American Presence

Clarion Events, one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK, has acquired PennWell Corporation – a private B2B media, conference and exhibition company. The acquisition brings together two of the industry’s most respected companies, as it enables Clarion events to expand its North American operations, as they form one of the largest event companies in the world.

PennWell previously organised more than 40 exhibitions and conferences around the world. They also handled 130 media properties for many industries, including: oil and gas, electronic power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, fiber-optics and cable and aerospace. In the electronics sector they are particularly known for the title Military & Aerospace Electronics.

The acquisition will clearly benefit both sides of the table, as PennWell’s roster of market-leading events will enhance Clarion Events' portfolio whilst Clarion’s global network and depth of resources will no doubt strengthen PennWell’s offerings.

With an impressive presence across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Clarion Events' has the reach to enhance PennWell’s offers to worldwide customers, including their diversified portfolio of events, such as the POWER-GEN series, DistribuTECH for electricity distribution, as well as media brands such as the Oil & Gas Journal.

PennWell is the latest in a series of global acquisitions by Clarion, who purchased Urban Expositions back in 2015, and announced in February the acquisition of Hong Kong based Global Sources, a leading events organiser and online B2B marketplace operator.

It is interesting to see Clarion Events' making moves across the globe as they reinforce themselves as a widely established company in the industry. Their latest acquisition of PennWell presents their commitment to building a strong and competitive presence in North America as they continue to build their portfolio and the innovative events within it.


Napier continues to grow with 2 New Client Wins

Napier continues to prove itself as a successful B2B PR and Marketing agency with 2 new clients wins – Redis Labs and NetSpeed Systems.

Redis Labs, a leading computer software company, has appointed Napier to help them increase their Brand Awareness through PR activities in the UK. Using Napier’s technical expertise and relevant experience, they will secure coverage for Redis Labs in a diverse range of vertical markets.

Napier has also been appointed by NetSpeed Systems, a company that provides scalable, coherent on-chip network IPs to SoC designers. Napier has been selected to run a pan-European PR campaign to increase the awareness and preference of NetSpeed Systems in Europe.

Napier are excited to be working with two such innovative companies and look forward to promoting their brands through high quality PR activities.


Our Latest Competition - Winner Revealed!

Congratulations to Jacki Elwell from Vicor, who is the winner of our 'Tell us What the Teddy Bears are Saying' competition.

See below for Jacki's Winning entry:


A ‘Napier Nine’ Video… Get to Know Media Analyst Rachael Penfold

In our ‘Napier Nine’ video series we have been getting to know the Napier Team. In this installment we interview Media Analyst, Rachael Penfold.

Discover Rachael’s first concert she ever attended, her strongest quality and the fictional place she would most like to visit as she answers her nine questions…

 

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Electronic Specifier Launches New Startups Magazine

Electronic Specifier has announced the launch of their new magazine Startups, a publication that will be aimed at the startup community and will cover the latest project news and stories in the sector.

Following the Hardware Pioneers event held in London, it’s clear to see that an active startup community currently exists within the UK, especially within the technology sector. The event saw startups, entrepreneurs and investors gather to share ideas and to help get tech projects off the ground. With recent research stating that the number of new technology companies launched in the UK last year rose by almost 60%, Electronic Specifier has targeted a sector that is truly thriving and in need of a magazine dedicated to their community.

The Startups magazine will be a quarterly print and digital publication, covering the latest project news and stories in the sector, as well as insight from investors, accelerators, incubators and industry experts, who will be able to offer advice and guidance on how to take an idea and make it a success.

The debut issue of the magazine is now available and gives good insight into the great content we can expect to see in the future.

It’s great to see Electronic Specifier expand their horizon and fill a gap in the industry. We look forward to reading future issues and learning about the startups community and the leaps of faith they take to make their vision of technology a reality.


Google

Could Google’s New Rules Mean Death of the Welcome and Pop-Up Ads?

Google has implemented new ad blocking rules on its Chrome browser, in a move to improve what they think is an acceptable ‘ad experience’.

Chrome’s built-in ad blocker means that all advertising on websites that serve ‘annoying’ ads, such as autoplay videos with sound, full page pop-ups and some welcome ads will be blocked. This means Google won’t block all ads, just those that don’t conform with the Better Ads Guidelines.

Although this is a welcome improvement for users of the browser, it is understandable to see why online publishers are fretting about this move as they are the most affected by this change.

Many publishers use the Doubleclick for Publishers system (DFP) to display their advertising. As the system is owned by Google publishers are in a tight corner, as Google has the control to practically ‘dictate’ what ads can be run on their site.

If you run adverts that break the rules and cause a ‘Google ad violation’, this could result in Chrome blocking all advertising featured on the given site. This is potentially a huge penalty to any publisher.

Although the new ad blocking rules are currently only affecting USA and Canada, they are already affecting European publications who expect Europe to follow suit with Chrome’s built-in ad blocker.

Electronics Weekly, is already one key publication that is being affected by these new rules; they say they have no choice but to remove their use of ‘pop-ups’ that are no longer allowed by Google and ‘Welcome Ads’, which are now restricted in how they operate.  The publication has alre+ady removed these types of ads from their advertising in USA and Canada, and will eventually remove ‘Pop-up’ and ‘Welcome’ ads from their standard inventory altogether.

Although it is clear to see why publishers are worried about this change, there has to be positives to improving the user experience. The big question is whether the new standard not only decreases the number of readers using ad blockers, but if it will improve the experience of website users to such a degree that the effectiveness of “better” adverts is improved.


A ‘Napier Nine’ Video… Get to Know Managing Director Mike Maynard

In our ‘Napier Nine’ video series we have been getting to know the Napier Team. The latest to take part is Mike Maynard, Managing Director at Napier.

Watch Mike’s video below to discover the four words he would use to describe himself, his secret skill and the Napier project he is most proud of.

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The IET Innovation Awards 2018 Open for Entries

The IET Innovation Awards for 2018 are now open for entries. The IET’S annual award ceremony celebrates the very best in new innovations across science, engineering and technology, presenting entries from all around the world.

With 13 categories to enter, including Power and Energy, Manufacturing Technology, Start-up and Young Innovators, the IET ensures that everyone from the industry has the opportunity to reveal their latest innovations; whether this be a creative new design or a revolutionary product.

The IET Innovations Awards are highly regarded as they offer a place for the best in the industry to be celebrated, and raise their profile by sharing their ideas with a wider audience.

The awards are free to enter and the winners will gain a 12-month ‘Conference Pass’, as well as being invited to showcase their innovation in action at the awards ceremony.

For more information or to enter your innovation into the awards please click here.