SOURCE: iNEMI

October 19, 2007 00:45 ET

iNEMI Opens Office in Shanghai

Haley Fu to Head Operations in the Region

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Industry Forum Scheduled for January 16

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2007) - The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), an industry-led consortium, today announced the opening of a representative office in China, located in Pudong, Shanghai. In addition, iNEMI has appointed Haley Fu, PhD, manager of operations-China to coordinate the consortium's activities in the region. The Shanghai office is the first iNEMI office outside of North America.

"The iNEMI Board of Directors voted in 2006 to open an office in China," says Nasser Grayeli, chairman of the iNEMI board and vice president of technology for Intel Corporation. "It is the logical next step in our phased approach to globalizing iNEMI activities. We began by making the roadmap more global, first in 2004 and then more extensively with the 2007 edition. In addition, our members have formed a China collaboration group that has been active for the past three years. Our office in Shanghai will provide a regional center to support further collaboration among our members, and to help recruit participation from companies in the region."

iNEMI focuses the expertise of approximately 70 of the leading OEMs, EMS providers, equipment vendors, materials suppliers and software vendors on the issues and problems facing the electronics manufacturing industry today. As a consortium, it provides a neutral environment in which partners and competitors can collectively anticipate future technology and business needs and effectively develop collaborative courses of action to meet those needs. Deliverables to industry include technology roadmaps, projects focused on deployment of technology and business practices plus standards development, and leadership forums on emerging topics.

As manager of operations in China, Fu will be responsible for coordinating iNEMI activities in the region. She has several years experience in the electronics industry, working in areas such as environmentally preferred product development, surface-mounting technology, lead-free soldering and supply chain cost reduction. She was most recently manager, process improvement, in the China R&D center of Schneider Electric Investment Co., Ltd. She has also worked with iNEMI member Motorola, and with UTStarcom Telecom. Fu received her PhD in mechanical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

"We have built a solid core group here in China," said ZHU Jian, chair of the iNEMI China Steering Committee, president of SMTA China and director of PBA manufacturing for Alcatel-Lucent. "In the next few months, we will be working to define regional deployment projects and to identify ways in which the China collaboration group can become more involved with, and provide support for, existing iNEMI activities. We will also be looking for opportunities to interface and work closely with other industry associations and consortia here in China."

"I am looking forward to working with iNEMI members in China, and to expanding our base of participation in the region," said Fu. "This new office in Shanghai will help us provide greater benefit and support for our members located in China. At the same time, increased global participation in iNEMI roadmapping and deployment initiatives will be of benefit to all our members and to the global industry."

iNEMI is planning an opening event for January 16, 2008. The office ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a luncheon and industry forum. The theme of the forum is "Innovation for the Electronics Industry," and will feature presentations by leading experts from industry, research institutes and government. Topics will include miniaturization, energy and the environment, and increasing the reliability of electronics. Watch the iNEMI website for details about the event: http://www.inemi.org/cms/calendar/iNEMI_China_Forum_Jan08.html

The iNEMI Shanghai office is located in the Cimic Tower, Room 1409, 800 Shang Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai 200120, +86-21-58353839.

About iNEMI

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's mission is to identify and close technology gaps, which includes the development and integration of the electronics industry supply infrastructure. This industry-led consortium is made up of approximately 70 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies. The consortium also works with government agencies, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives. iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (in the Washington, DC area), with a representative office in Shanghai, China. For additional information about iNEMI, visit http://www.iNEMI.org.

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