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SMTAI Participation Indicates Strong Recovery
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 | SMTA

The SMTA released a summary of the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition. The event, which took place October 24-28, 2010 at Walt Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida, enjoyed a 20% increase in total registration compared to past years and serves as another indication that the industry is making a healthy recovery.

The technical conference was well-received and continued the SMTAI tradition of having the strongest technical conference in the industry. The Lead-Free Symposium continued to be a big draw as it has in the past. The AIMS Harsh Environment Symposium, included in the technical program this year, was successful. The session on printed electronics was the most popular session in the entire Evolving Technologies Summit. The riveting Keynote Address by Tom Sharpe, SMT Corporation, gave a sobering--if not downright scary--perspective of the effect of counterfeit electronic components on the electronics assembly industry. 

Over 120 exhibiting companies filled the sold-out exhibit hall, a more than 30% increase from last year. The well-attended show floor maintained a steady buzz throughout the event. Exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the turnout while selecting booth space for 2011.

Hal Hendrickson, Nordson DAGE, SMTAI Exhibitor Committee chair, said, "SMTAI was a good show with good attendance and attendees who stopped in our booth represented a wide demographic range. The extra efforts made this year to drive attendees from the conference to the show floor were exemplary and proved to work very well. SMTA puts on an outstanding conference, and the expo matched that quality. We are looking forward to Fort Worth in 2011."

The 2011 SMTAI Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas on October 16-20, 2011. 

For more information on SMTA International, contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg at 952-920-7682 or visit http://www.smta.org/smtai/.

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