【DE】NORTEC 2022: Impulses for electronics production – from prototypes to large series

Exhibitors inform about possibilities for outsourcing electronics production in various industries – Information on demonstrating sustainability in supply chains in the auditorium – Increase competitiveness through intensive knowledge growth


What are the growth drivers in the field of electronics production? What trends are emerging when it comes to outsourcing the production of electronics in various industries? According to current market research by Verified Market Research, the global market for electronics manufacturing services was set at 383.71 billion in 2018. USD and is expected to increase by over 55% to 695.88 billion by 2026. USD rise. Companies that want to participate in this growth must position themselves: NORTEC helps small and medium-sized companies in particular to develop individual provider strategies. At the joint stand electronics production and in the auditorium, there is comprehensive information about the diverse connections between the former classic mechanical engineering and electronic equipment.


Establish and expand networks in order to jointly develop forward-looking business models. Under this guiding principle, the electronics production sector presents itself at the first trade fair of the year. At the joint stand “Electronics Manufacturing”, the entire process chain is mapped, starting with layout creation to the selection of consumables, auxiliary materials and product-specific tools to assembly production with final test. Device manufacturers, e.g. of pick-and-place machines and inspection systems, as well as suppliers of electronic components, precision printing stencils and solders as well as PCB manufacturers and EMS service providers are represented. Quality and reliability aspects are covered as well as product development and process qualification. The offer of the joint stand is rounded off by research and development competence as well as training and further education, to which great importance is also attached in the electronics industry.



As much fragmented as this industry is and as diverse as the production environments and processes are, so versatile are the requirements when it comes to knowledge growth and the use of innovative technologies. In times of increasingly networked value chains, it is about sharpening company profiles.


With NORTEC, we look to the future. We are very excited to see which trends are emerging and which manufacturing processes have now established themselves in the market.


The personal exchange with exhibitors and trade visitors is always an experience and we are pleased that we can offer all visitors great added value at NORTEC with our versatile program for further education, says Bernd Aufderheide, Chairman of the Management Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.



The Association for Design, PCB and Electronics Manufacturing (FED e.V.) has also been an integral part of NORTEC for years. Regarding this year’s commitment of the association in the trade fair environment, Thomas Bujotzek, FED’s technology officer, explains: “Our mission is to increase the competitiveness of our members and this trade fair is the ideal place, especially for the promotion and support of northern German medium-sized companies. That’s why we have been involved here in Hamburg for years. For the first time in January 2022, we will shed light on legal and technological issues with our forum over two days. We invite trade visitors to inform themselves about current developments and to discuss opportunities, risks and possible solution strategies. We are very much looking forward to the personal exchange within the framework of this comprehensive program.” Other exhibitors at the joint stand for electronics production include the Fraunhofer Institute ISIT, Nonwovens Kasper, Balver Zinn and FUJI EUROPE.



Expansion of production possibilities


Despite all the restrictions that the corona pandemic has pushed, there was a positive side effect: The establishment and implementation of digitally controllable manufacturing processes has received an enormous boost. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that the electrical industry basically has a high willingness to innovate. On the other hand, additive manufacturing elements – and here in particular 3-D printing – have established themselves in the market. In order to sharpen the competitiveness of the individual companies, investments in infrastructure are indispensable and NORTEC also offers a comprehensive overview of what is currently state of the art.



Two days of concentrated knowledge transfer in the campus auditorium


For trade visitors, the NORTEC Campus for SMEs shows a variety of further training opportunities. Two examples show what kind of know-how is passed on here and put up for discussion: On 01/26 at 11:50 a.m., the field of power electronics will be addressed with a contribution on the topic of pores in solder connections. On 01/27 at 9:30 a.m., detailed insights into the new Supply Chain Care Obligation Act (LKSG) will be given. Here, participants will learn details about the legal requirements for proving the prevention, minimization and avoidance of human rights and environmental risks. These requirements will enter into force in 2023 and it is time to familiarize yourself with this topic, especially for small and medium-sized suppliers. Further program items will be published here: https://www.nortec-hamburg.de/campus/auditorium.



NORTEC, trade fair for production and campus for medium-sized companies, is the first industry meeting point of the year and will take place from 25th to 28th January 2022 on the grounds of the Hamburg Messe with around 300 exhibitors.


NORTEC focuses on the needs of manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the exchange with industry experts on an equal footing. The new concept of trade fair and campus since 2020 offers practical solutions for every level of knowledge as well as network formats and workshops that advance SMEs on their way to Manufacturing 4.0. Decision-makers meet well-known companies from metal and plastic processing, mechanical engineering as well as components and processes in production technology in Halls A1 and A4. In combination with the campus, the hotspot for knowledge transfer and networking with pioneers of Industry 4.0 and electronics manufacturing, NORTEC is the place to be for all SMEs that want to ensure their business success of tomorrow.


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