IoT Insider Launches New Podcast

Electronic Specifier’s sister title, IoT Insider, is launching a new podcast – IoT Unplugged. Presented by Kristian McCann, the Editor of IoT Insider, the podcast promises to showcase an array of industry experts in each episode, and will keep its listeners informed about the current and future challenges and developments in the realm of IoT.

Listeners can expect technical deep dives, in-depth discussions, use cases across industries and engaging narratives from the podcast.

The first episode is scheduled to air on 30th August- where Kristian McCann talks to Onno Bloemers, COO of integrated personal safety platform InConnect on IoT as a way to reduce risks vs. IoT as a source of new.

The podcasts will air on the IoT Insider website, Spotify, and Apple.

It’s great to see IoT Insider follow in Electronic Specifier’s footsteps, undertaking a new format to provide the latest updates and interesting insights from the IoT industry. We look forward to listening to the first episode at the end of the month.

Wireless Congress Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

It's hard to believe that the Wireless Congress: Systems & Applications, which opened its doors for the first time two decades ago in 2004, has reached its 20th edition. As we take a step back in time to those early years, it becomes apparent just how far the wireless world has come since then. The growth and evolution of wireless technology have been nothing short of remarkable, and this year's Wireless Congress promises to be a celebration of these advancements.

Back in 2004, wireless technology was still finding its footing, with many applications still emerging.  Short Range Wireless Networks like Bluetooth, IEEE802.15.4, and ZigBee were on the horizon, while 3G networks like UMTS had just started their roll-outs. The introduction of the IEEE802.11g standard marked a significant moment in the evolution of Wireless LAN, offering data rates of 54 Mbit/s. Meanwhile, the importance of Wi-Fi security was becoming increasingly evident as technology opened up new possibilities and challenges.

Fast forward to today, and the 20th Wireless Congress is a testament to the progress we've witnessed in the wireless landscape. Taking place on November 7th and 8th in Munich, the event is a hub for sharing knowledge about the latest wireless technologies and applications; and a chance to gather insights from experts who are shaping the future of wireless. The 20th Wireless Congress program also promises two days of discussions, presentations, and workshops that delve into the forefront of wireless technology.

Expanding the scope of the event, this year's show incorporates a tabletop exhibition, showcasing new products and systems, accompanied by captivating demonstrations. This platform provides an opportunity for innovators and businesses to share their solutions with the audience.

Napier would like to wish Wireless Congress: Systems & Applications a Happy 20th Birthday- enjoy the party.

You can view the full program of events here.

IP&E Awards 2023 Latest Updates

Industrial Plant & Equipment has launched the IP&E awards. Industrial Plant & Equipment is part of Western Business Media’s portfolio of publications, together with sister titles Controls, Drives & Automation, Fire & Security Matters, Logistics Matters, Cleaning Matters, and Health & Safety Matters.

"Following our 30th anniversary last year, the launch of the Industrial Plant & Equipment Awards marks another milestone for IP&E," said Edward Lowton, editor of Industrial Plant & Equipment. "Working with our partners, the awards will offer different visions of industrial excellence linked to each of the categories, spotlighting the incredible brands, companies of all sizes and hard-working individuals that make up the sector.

"The IP&E Awards honour all the elements that make the UK industry exceptional," said Mark Sennett, CEO of Western Business Media. "They acknowledge everyone from the engineers, executives, and businesses who are leading the way, to the latest ground-breaking products, solutions, and services. And let's not forget how the sector is tackling important challenges like addressing sustainability and the shortage of STEM skills, which will be a big focus in the years to come.

The first judges have been announced following the backing of two UK trade associations, who will each contribute to the judging panel for the event. Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) Head of Operations James Fudge and GAMBICA Sector Head - Industrial Automation Nikesh Mistry will form part of the panel of judges.

The deadline for entries is 18 August 2023 and the winners will be revealed at a free-to-attend online ceremony in October 2023.

Electronics Today Re-Brand

This August, the UK publication Electronics Today will debut under the new name, Electronics For Engineers.

Created for Electronics Engineers, the publication will feature the same content but with a fresh new style; keeping busy engineers up to date with product releases, trends, and news, with the goal to be a one-stop shop for all things electronics.

Rebranding is essential to the development and growth of any business. Publications can differentiate themselves from their rivals, create a compelling brand story, and even connect with new customers with a successful rebrand. We look forward to seeing how Electronics for Engineers continues to grow, and how the new look is perceived by the Electronics Today readership.

Elektra Awards 2023 Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Elektra Awards 2023 has been extended, giving participants until midnight on Thursday, July 27, to submit their entries.

Following the 20th-anniversary special edition last year, the awards will be taking place in London at Grosvenor House Hotel on Wednesday 29th November. Each year, the Elektra Awards attracts hundreds of attendees from more than 150 companies representing every sector of the global electronics industry.

With over 15 categories to enter to showcase innovation across all areas of electronics, all entries must relate to the past year from 1st June 2022 to 31st May 2023.

This deadline extension is not surprising, as the Elektra Awards is known for extending its entry deadline every year. But we hope it provides companies with the extension they need to get their entries submitted on time.

Weka Fachmedien Announces Latest Publication Changes

WEKA Fachmedien has announced a shift within its portfolio by merging its publications Design&Elektronik and medical design under the Elektronik brand, allowing WEKA to focus on the core brands Markt&Technik, Elektronik and the online platform

With effect from August, the print and digital versions of the formerly separate B2B media brands Design&Elektronik and medical design will be grouped under the media brands Elektronik and Future issues of Elektronik will carry the contents of Medical Design under the brand "Elektronik medical" and will be available digitally at The scheduled content from the preceding Design&Elektronik issue 4/23 will be included in the regular Elektronik issue 24/2023.

This is a surprising shift from WEKA,  as both Design&Elektronik and medical design have been long-lasting and popular magazines. But WEKA's move to merge the magazines has been informed by the decision to focus on the key brands, assets and expertise, to ensure they are being leveraged even more effectively and that readers are being provided high-quality, targeted content.

Napier Passes 2023 PRCA CMS Accreditation

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have successfully passed the PR Consultants Association (PRCA) Communications Management Standard (CMS) audit for 2023.

Napier has held the PRCA CMS for 13 years and our commitment to best practice was clear in the evidence we provided, which on this occasion looked at business development, people and campaign management. The process included reviews of metrics including tactics, budgets and a review of return on investment on a quarterly basis. This year's accreditation is further evidence of the professionalism and foresight of Napier's management, personnel, and support teams globally.

Napier obtained the CMS Gold logo in 2021 to celebrate holding the PRCA CMS accreditation for 10 consecutive years, and we are proud to pass for our 14th year, with special thanks to all of our clients who made it all possible. Thank you and congratulations to the entire Napier team!

Mick Elliott Receives Roy Atterbury Award

Congratulations to Mick Elliott, who was presented the Roy Atterbury Award by Adam Fletcher 3rd Chairman of ECSN afdec. 

The Roy Atterbury Award is presented on an ad-hoc basis to an individual for outstanding achievement. Originally a public relationships expert in regular contact with all the electronics trade editors and journalists, Roy eventually became the Editor of what is now the Components in Electronics Magazine.

Noticing that the rapidly growing electronics industry needed some coordination, Roy collaborated with UK Electronics Components industry leaders and looked to establish an industry association to represent franchised distributors and the electronics components manufacturers they served. Alongside his Editor job, Roy also served as the first Chairman at ECSN afdec where he served for almost 20 years.

Karen Mascarenhas was on-hand to present Mick his inaugural award, and he also received a gift from the ECSN association.

On receiving the award, Mick Elliott commented, “Thanks very much to Adam and to all the ECSN afdec alumni … It really is a privilege and an honour to receive this inaugural award and especially as it recognises Roy Atterbury’s contribution to ECSN afdec.”

Congratulations to Mick on receiving this inaugural award!

IOT Insider Introduces IoT Insights

IoT Insider, a sister publication from the flagship, Electronic Specifier, has introduced IoT Insights, a new area on the website, which will provide an opportunity for people in the industry to contribute editorially to the website.

Aimed at technological visionaries, IoT Insider provides updates and insights across seven different industries including communications, healthcare, industrial, security, smart world, AI, and transport.

This move to expand the site comes from IoT's Insider Editor Kristian McCan who wants to continue the title’s coverage of IoT news, developments, and product releases whilst also shining a light on how IoT is beginning to see growing use and interest in a broad range of spheres.

It is interesting that IoT Insider is creating a section that seems to be dedicated to content from people in the industry. Contributed articles are invaluable for journalists and media publications. They bring fresh insights, specialized knowledge, diverse perspectives, and help meet the demand for content. By leveraging the expertise of external contributors, journalists can enhance the quality and variety of their publications, providing readers with valuable and engaging articles.

This move is also particularly intriguing as it takes it to the next level with a section on the website for people contributing content, with a focus on the users rather than the suppliers.

For more information on the IoT Insights area, please click here. 

PEMD 2023 Comes to Brussels

The 12th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) has been announced for 2023, hosted in Brussels for the first time. Taking place from 23rd-24th October 2023, the conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel Grand Place.

Bringing together specialists across the sector to share learning and identify collaboration opportunities, PEMD provides power electronics, and machines and drives specialists in all stages of their careers to present and publish their latest research, results and innovations.

Key themes for this year's show include power electronics, energy systems, transportation and drives and control.

It's great to see PEMD extend its influence outside of the UK, and we look forward to seeing how the conference unfolds, and the fantastic insights we are sure it will provide for the industry.

A Sad Goodbye to Achim Scharf

Achim Scharf

Napier was saddened to hear the news that Achim Scharf, Editor of Power Electronics Europe has passed away.

Achim entered the power electronics community 35 years ago launching PCIM Europe and Automation, Motors and Drives whilst at ZM Communications. Achim then joined Power Electronics Europe on its third-ever issue in February 2000. He was part of the PCIM conference committee and presented papers at PCIM in Nuremberg for over 30 years.

It was never boring when Achim was meeting clients. He was smart, and never afraid to ask difficult questions or challenge the client. His knowledge and intelligence made him really good at asking those questions you (and the client) sometimes hoped would be missed.

Our thoughts are with Achim's friends and family at this difficult time.

MachineBuilding.Live – It’s a Sell Out!

Back in October last year we wrote a post about The Engineering Network (TEN), publisher of Machine Building.Net announcing a new event, MachineBuilding.Live which will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Wednesday 4th October 2023.

The show has proven to be popular in the industry, with an additional hall hired, and with both spaces now fully sold out.

A total of 114 exhibitors will be taking part in MachineBuilding.Live, each in their chosen area of specialism. Between them, more than 1,000 brand-new products for machine builders and systems integrators are estimated to be available to discover and discuss on the day, many of them being shown for the first time in the UK.

“The National Motorcycle Museum is a superb venue for this type of event,” says TEN managing director Luke Webster. “It offers easy access, abundant free parking right outside the event door, and the collection of motorcycles is simply outstanding.”

TEN Publisher Mark Newby added, “With more than 30 key exhibitors signed up before this unique event was officially launched, we know that visitors can look forward to an interesting and rewarding day.”

It’s fantastic to see TEN expand its portfolio with the development of the MachineBuilding.Live event and it's great to see a sell out sign up. We look forward to seeing how the event unfolds, and hearing what we are sure will be fantastic feedback from the industry.

EETech Announce Dates for 2023 Event

Last month, we reported on EETech's s virtual event, Industry Tech Days (ITD), and that electronica will be partnering with the event as ‘Marketing Sponsors’.

So we were delighted to receive some further information from EETech on the dates of this year's show, and what this exclusive marketing partnership with electronica means for Industry Tech Days.

Following last year's successful show which welcomed 40,000 virtual attendees from 155 countries, the 5-day virtual trade show and conference is back for 2023.  The 4th annual EETech Industry Tech Days Virtual Event, which will be hosted on All About Circuits, (in conjunction with electronica) will be taking place from Monday 2nd October to Friday 6th October 2023.

The new partnership with electronica enables EETech to promote the virtual event to an exclusive audience of engineers and executives worldwide, in addition to their own audience of registered users; providing exhibitors with more opportunities to connect with their target audience. As a current 'off' year for electronica, this partnership also enables the show to have a presence in the industry.

Content tracks covered at this year's event will range from automotive to electric vehicles, data centers, and power systems. A full list of the content tracks can be found on the Industry Tech Days site.

As a content-driven event, we look forward to hearing some new perspectives about key sectors within the industry and wish EETech another successful event.

Elektor Successfully Completes Acquisition of Elettronica & Maker

Elektor International Media BV (Elektor) has recently announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Elettronica & Maker, a respected digital publication in the Italian market. The acquisition agreement was finalised on May 1st, 2023, and marks an exciting milestone for both companies.

Having collaborated together for a few years, the acquisition brings together the expertise and resources of both teams, enabling Elektor to strengthen its position as a global leader in the publishing sector and further enhance its offerings in the field of electronics.

As a result of the acquisition, Elettronica & Maker will be gradually integrated into the Elektor brand, and their content will be incorporated into Elektor's publications.

Roberto Armani, former Managing Director of Elettronica & Maker said: "I am extremely pleased with this acquisition, as Elettronica & Maker's authors will gain European and worldwide visibility, whilst its readers will be able to enjoy international content of unprecedented quality and variety."

As a move that allows Elektor to strengthen its position in the sector, we look forward to seeing how Elettronica & Maker will strengthen Elektor's brand and content.

The Electronic Component Show (ECS) Announces Two Shows for 2024

Following the success of the recent Electronic Component Show (ECS) in Oxford, which saw nearly double the number of visitors from last year’s iteration, ECS has announced two shows for its 2024 schedule.

Having taken place on Thursday 25th May in Oxford, ECS 2023 attracted nearly double the visitors compared to the previous year’s show. Featuring 60+ exhibitors, the event provided design engineers and supply chain professionals with the opportunity to meet current, new or alternative suppliers.

Growing visitor numbers and more demand for exhibitor spaces than are available will see the launch of the Electronic Component Show in Duxford, which will take place on Thursday 23rd May 2024 at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge. This will run in addition to the Electronic Component Show in Oxford, which will take place on Thursday 19th September 2024 at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford.

Electronics Sourcing’s publisher, Mark Leary, said: “When looking at the geographical locations of readers we have two notable regions located within two hours drive of Cambridge and Oxford. Post-show feedback from visitors and exhibitors proves they like the one-day format and the ECS team has already started work planning the two events for 2024 to ensure we provide the best one-day shows for the industry.”

It's great to see ECS expanding its reach, and it's safe to say our Managing Director Mike is happy to see the show coming to Duxford, as it is based in East Anglia where he grew up. The aircraft museum also provides an excellent location for the show with many interesting planes to look at.


Driving Value: Key Insights From Salesforce's State of Marketing Report

Delivering value to customers has become a paramount objective for marketers in today's rapidly evolving business environment. ROI is something that gets thrown around a lot yet sometimes it isn’t at the heart of strategy and plans. The Salesforce State of Marketing Report provides valuable insights into the strategies and trends that marketers are adopting to maximize value and foster stronger customer relationships. In this blog post, we will explore the key findings from the report, highlighting how marketers are effectively utilizing existing tools, redefining customer engagement, driving cross-channel experiences, establishing trust, prioritizing data and analytics, embracing AI, leading with values, and investing in skill development.

Prioritizing Value: Maximizing Existing Tools and Investing in Automation

Although economic instabilities have teams examining their budgets and fine-tuning their techstack, marketers remain determined in the face of change.  87% of marketers say their work provides greater value now than it did a year ago. The report emphasizes that marketers are prioritizing value by leveraging their existing tools and technologies. They are focusing on driving maximum value from their current investments while strategically allocating resources towards automation and productivity. By harnessing automation, marketers can streamline processes, optimize efficiency, and deliver personalized experiences at scale.

Redefining Customer Engagement

Omnichannel Strategies:

Marketers are redefining customer engagement by investing in a combination of channels and technologies. The report reveals that 83% of marketers engage customers in real-time across one or more marketing channels. This insight underscores the importance of building a robust omnichannel strategy to engage customers seamlessly across multiple touchpoints.

Real-Time Interactions:

Across every stage of the funnel, marketers are tracking more metrics year over year than ever before. Speed to insight remains a competitive advantage, with 72% of high-performing marketers able to analyse marketing performance in real-time.

By leveraging real-time interactions, marketers can deliver personalized and timely messages, fostering lasting relationships with their audience. Real-time interactions provide valuable customer feedback and insights, and by engaging with customers in real-time, marketers can gather immediate feedback, opinions, and preferences. This feedback can inform product development, campaign optimization, and overall marketing strategy. Real-time interactions also enable brands to identify emerging trends, sentiments, or issues, allowing them to proactively address customer needs and concerns.

B2B Marketers and Account-Based Marketing (ABM): Coordinating Multichannel Experiences

Salesforce highlights that 80% of marketers are leading customer experience initiatives across various departments, including marketing, sales, service, and commerce. To deliver unified end-to-end experiences, 89% of B2B marketers are utilizing account-based marketing (ABM) platforms.

However, establishing successful ABM campaigns requires comprehensive, data-driven strategies. The challenge lies in sharing a unified view of customer data across business units, which is reported as a concern by 31% of B2B marketers. But why is this important? By overcoming this challenge, marketers can create seamless and personalized journeys for B2B customers. B2B marketing organizations are allocating an average of 15% of their budget to account-based marketing (ABM), emphasizing the value of personalized messaging and engagement that has spread from B2C to B2B strategies.

Accurate attribution of marketing efforts and measuring return on investment (ROI) becomes possible when data is shared across channels and is invaluable for optimizing marketing budgets, identifying high-performing channels, and allocating resources effectively.

Trust: The Foundation of Customer Relationships

Unsurprisingly building trust has been highlighted as a top priority for marketers. The report emphasizes that 88% of customers believe trust becomes more important during times of change. Marketers can prioritize building trust by being transparent, authentic, and empathetic in their communications and interactions. By demonstrating clear values, addressing customer concerns, and consistently delivering on promises, marketers can cultivate strong and lasting relationships with their customers.

In a crowded and competitive B2B marketplace, trust can be a key differentiator. Trust is crucial for customer retention and maximizing customer lifetime value (CLV). When B2B buyers trust a supplier, they are more likely to continue doing business with them, leading to higher customer retention rates. Trust builds loyalty, reduces customer churn, and increases the likelihood of repeat purchases or upselling opportunities. B2B marketers who prioritize trust can cultivate long-term, profitable relationships with their clients.

Data and Analytics: Driving Informed Decision Making

Marketers are increasingly relying on data and analytics to inform their strategies and measure success. The report underscores the importance of prioritizing data-driven decision-making and investing in tools and technologies that enable effective data collection, analysis, and action. By harnessing the power of data, marketers can gain valuable insights into customer behaviour, preferences, and trends, enabling them to optimize campaigns and enhance overall marketing effectiveness.

Despite marketers’ clear need for high-quality data and analytics, many lag behind in their investment in the people, tools, and processes that make it possible. Only 51% of marketing teams currently have employees dedicated to analytics. Even fewer have resources dedicated to analytics technology, or the practices –such as data integration and preparation – that are key to measuring and optimizing marketing success. Still, marketers intend to catch up: about two in five marketers say they plan to invest in these areas.

Data analytics allows B2B marketers to measure and optimize the performance of marketing channels and campaigns. By tracking key metrics such as conversion rates, click-through rates, cost per acquisition, and return on investment (ROI), marketers can identify high-performing channels and campaigns. This information helps in allocating resources effectively, optimizing marketing budgets, and focusing efforts on activities that deliver the best results.

AI Applications: Augmenting the Customer Journey

No blog post on current trends would be complete without acknowledging the buzzword of the moment: "AI" or Artificial Intelligence. The report reveals that 68% of marketers now have a fully defined AI strategy, indicating a growing awareness of the benefits of AI. Marketers are leveraging AI applications to resolve customer identities, deliver real-time personalized offers, and bridge online and offline experiences. While digital channels are preferred by a majority of customers, 43% still express a preference for non-digital channels.

Marketers Leading with Values

Today’s customers want their values reflected in the brands they buy from, and marketers are responding. 85%of marketers say their external messaging reflects corporate values.

Customers are increasingly inclined to support companies that align with their values and prioritize ethical, social, and environmental objectives. The report highlights that 66% of customers have stopped buying from companies whose values do not align with theirs. Marketers recognize this unique opportunity and are embracing values-based messaging. By clearly stating their values and demonstrating them in their actions, marketers can attract and retain customers who share their beliefs.

Future Success: Skill Development and Continuous Learning

Looking ahead, marketers recognize the importance of improving skills in content marketing, campaign strategy, and data analytics. The report emphasizes the need for marketing leaders to upskill their teams, retain top talent, and create future-forward career paths. By investing in skill development and embracing lifelong learning, marketers can stay ahead of industry trends, drive innovation, and position themselves for long-term success.


The Salesforce State of Marketing Report provides valuable insights into how marketers are striving to deliver more value to their customers. By focusing on maximizing existing tools, redefining customer engagement, driving cross-channel experiences, building trust, and investing in skill development, marketers can navigate the evolving landscape and create meaningful connections with their target audience. Adopting these strategies will allow marketers to unlock new opportunities, drive growth, and achieve long-term success.


EPDT Announces New Student Supplement

EPDT has announced the launch of a new student supplement, which will focus on engaging with the next generation of electronic design engineers.

Initially launching in November 2023, the new supplement will provide targeted readers with details about the latest development boards, software tools, debugging equipment and advice on future career pathways.

Following the initial launch in November, EPDT will publish three stand-alone digital supplements in 2024 which will be at key times in the academic year including January, April and October.

The student supplement will include articles, comment pieces, engineering tips and various other items to help students, as well as access to discounted hardware. It will also be backed up by a series of dedicated newsletters.

It's great to see EPDT supporting future engineering professionals and providing a great opportunity for others to get involved in providing content that will resonate with future electronic design engineers.

Another Successful Conference For ECF23

The Embedded Conference Finland organised by ETN returned for its 5th year at Dipoli, the famous conference centre on the Aalto University campus.

Taking place on Tuesday 16th May, the conference focused on a range of topics including embedded design and modules, the latest testing equipment, 4G and 5G modules for embedded devices, and the latest developments in Ethernet connectivity. With more than 150 professionals in attendance, the audience received a special keynote focused on AI and specifically the use of ChatGPT in designing malware.

Here at Napier, we were delighted to hear that ETN had another successful conference and we look forward to its return in 2024.

Entries are Now Open for Elektra Awards 2023

The Elektra Awards, organised by Electronics Weekly, will return in 2023 to celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals making remarkable contributions across the global electronics industry. The awards provide a platform for like-minded and key industry professionals to gather in one place to network, share ideas and celebrate the achievements of the industry.

Following the 20th-anniversary special edition last year, the awards will be taking place in London at Grosvenor House Hotel on Wednesday 29th November. Each year, the Elektra Awards attracts hundreds of attendees from more than 150 companies representing every sector of the global electronics industry.

With over 15 categories to enter to showcase innovation across all areas of electronics, all entries must relate to the past year from 1st June 2022 to 31st May 2023, and the submission deadline is 12th July 2023. 

Good luck to everyone entering, and for more information about the awards, please click here.

The Hustle Awards Returns for 2023

The Hustle Awards, run by Startups Magazine, will be taking place again in 2023 with Anglia Unicorn as the headline sponsor. The Hustle Awards aims to shine a light on start-ups, celebrating all the founders, co-founders and team members that have disrupted, impacted and taken a leap of faith with their businesses. The award ceremony will be taking place at the Steel Yard, London on the 20th of July 2023.

Award entries are now closed for 2023 submission, and judging will be taking place on 11th May by a judging panel which features a cross-section of business specialists relevant to the award category; to ensure each panel has both expertise and diversity so that every entry can be assessed accurately and from a mix of viewpoints.

We look forward to reading about this year's winners and applaud all these companies and individuals for driving real innovation in their chosen fields. Tickets for the award entry are now available and can be purchased here. 

Automation Live 2023 Comes to London

Datateam Business Media and Automation magazine is launching a new event, Automation Live. Aimed at decision-makers, manufacturers and engineers, the show will address the current trends and challenges experienced by the industry and will be held on the 19th of October in the Grand Connaught Rooms Hotel in London.

Companies such as ABB, Kuka, and Bermondsey Electronics will be speakers at the event, and each session will follow an open forum discussion with the audience on a Q&A basis. The event will open at 11am with a 2-course brunch and networking opportunities.

Automation Live will close with ‘’The Automation Award’’. Companies that present an innovative new product, service or process can enter, as well as companies which have found a way of simplifying the production process; created a training, apprenticeship or education programme to introduce new generations into the industry. Further details on the awards and entry details can be found on their website.

“Datateam and Automation magazine is ideally positioned to provide our readers and advertisers with a live platform to discuss the latest technologies and trends within the industry. The event is the latest addition to the company’s comprehensive product portfolio, which already boasts a range of leading publications, websites and events across many business-to-business and healthcare sectors” commented Louise Tiller, Media Director at Datateam Business Media.

It's fantastic to see another event introduced by Datateam Business Media, providing a platform for the industry to network, and discuss the current and future challenges they see across their sectors. We look forward to hearing how the show goes and how it is received by attendees.

New IoT Site Launching 28th April 2023

TalkingIoT, a new site focused on IoT, will be launched at the end of April 2023.

Built to address a lack of knowledge among end-users of IoT solutions regarding benefits and potential applications. TalkingIoT will provide an accessible platform that offers valuable resources and expertise on IoT via a range of informative and educational content.

The site will go live on 28th April, with a backlog of articles already published, to provide insights to readers straight from the launch, as it covers topics such as the top 50 questions on IoT highlighted by Google trends.

We are excited to see how the new site will help bridge the knowledge gap and aid the mass adoption of IoT. We wish TalkingIoT the best of luck with its launch.

Future Horizons Announces Semiconductor Industry Update Webinar

Future Horizons has announced a ‘Semiconductor Industry Update Webinar’, which will take place on May 9th 2023 from 3pm-4pm UK BST. The one-hour broadcast will focus primarily on the 2023 semiconductor industry forecast and outlook for 2024, including:

  • How will the downturn play out in the short and medium-term
  • What are the key indicators to look out for moving forward
  • How to build resilient strategies and business models

As the industry currently faces several unanswered questions, from marketing downturn to the overall market decline. Future Horizon’s webinar will provide key decision-makers with the insights they need to plan their future strategies. We look forward to hearing what Future Horizons will share about the outlook of the industry.

'Focus On PCB- From Design to Assembly' Taking Place in May

“Focus on PCB – From Design to Assembly”, the European B2B fair dedicated to the world of printed circuits, will be taking place in the pavilions of the Vicenza Fair on 17th and 18th May 2023.

Organized by NürnbergMesse, the trade show provides an opportunity for the entire printed circuit board supply chain, from designers to end-users, to network and share valuable insights into the latest developments and views within the sector.

PCB will host a large exhibition area for visitors, alongside a programme of workshops and conferences, which together will provide:

  • In-depth studies of new technologies
  • The latest innovative applications
  • Market trends and developments
  • Technical and professional updates on regulations, standards and technological innovations for the industries of the sector

The next issue of Elettronica AV will include a preview about the trade fair, with news directly from exhibitors.

We look forward to hearing what we are sure will be fantastic feedback from the event, and the insights it provides into the current landscape of the printed circuits market.

The IPC Hand Soldering Competition Is Coming to Focus On PCB 2023

The IPC Hand Soldering Competition is making its debut in Italy for the first time, at 'Focus on PCB - From Design to Assembly', a European trade show dedicated to the printed circuit boards industry, which will be held in Vicenza from 17th-18th May 2023.

As the reference association that sets the standards for the electronics industry, IPC organises various soldering competitions around the world each year to select regional champions. At the end of the regional contests, the finals are held, where regional champions will face off and the winner will be crowned IPC World Soldering Champion. This year the final contest will take place in Munich in conjunction with the Productronica 2023 show (November 14th-17th 2023).

“The IPC Hand Soldering Competition represents a unique opportunity to reveal all the talents in the industry and to celebrate their skills and expertise”, says Philippe Léonard, IPC Senior Director of European Operations. “We chose Focus on PCB to host the IPC Hand Soldering Competition for the first time in Italy because it proved to be an event capable of attracting the best of the Italian and European electronics industry. We share with Focus on PCB the desire to highlight the skills of an industry where innovation and talent are key characteristics to be recognised and rewarded”.

Although most electronics are now manufactured with machines, hand soldering is still needed for some projects, particularly when repairing or reworking; and it's nice to see the "old craft" of soldering still being alive, and celebrated within the industry.