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News from MIG member companies.

Karen’s blog from MFG 2011

By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

JUST DO IT. If I had to sum up the sense of urgency/energy at the Workshop on Future Technologies for Micro/Nano Manufacturing, that is the phrase I would use. The workshop, organized by the Transducer Research Foundation (TRF) and held in paradise/Silverado Resort in Napa, CA, was packed to the gills with 200 attendees. The audience was mainly academic and government, with a smattering of industry (many of whom are MIG members). But as with any three-legged stool, if two legs are longer than the third, the stool is not stable. And that is why we need to change, we need to act, we need to JUST DO IT.

If you are interested in seeing my notes from MFG 2011, let me know and I’ll send you them (and you’ll get to see my strange spellings/abbreviations). But since it’s summertime and the pool is beckoning, I’ll try to summarize some of the key takeaways from the three-day workshop as best I can.

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MEMS in Vegas, Baby

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has a new dance partner—and we’re it! For the first time, MEMS has an official home at CES. MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is pleased to host the brand-new MEMS TechZone and the only MEMS conference program at CES 2012.

MEMS TechZone is a new area of the show floor for companies that are driving the adoption of this exciting technology in mobile phones, game consoles, tablet PCs and other hot consumer-electronic devices. MIG will co-exhibit with several members including Bosch/Bosch Sensortec/Akustica, VTI Technologies and WiSpry. Please contact Karen Lightman if you are interested in co-exhibiting opportunities.

Plan to visit the MEMS TechZone at the LVCC, South Hall 2—and join us for a panel on consumer devices enabled by MEMS which you will NOT want to miss on Wednesday January 12 at 11:30 am in room N254, North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Register in advance for a special discount!

Stay tuned for more MIG news on MEMS programs/events at CES 2012.

MIG at CES 2012 - MEMS Tech ZoneMEMS TechZone
LVCC, South Hall 2
Sponsor(s): MEMS Industry Group (MIG)

Best Regards,

Karen Lightman
Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group, 412-390-1644 work phone; 412-725-6725 mobile

MEMS Suppliers and OEM End-users to Explore “MEMS in the Mainstream” at MEMS Executive Congress 2011

Business execs to discuss future capabilities, investment opportunities, foundry models; analysts to share market research

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) hosts MEMS Executive Congress 2011, the annual business conference and networking event for the MEMS industry, November 2-3, 2011 in Monterey, CA. Keynote speakers include strategy consultant Aaron Schulman, business director, Toffler Associates, who will explain how global drivers of change will radically transform the behavior of individuals and societies; Scott Livingston, CEO, Livingston Securities, who will examine financing innovation in public markets; and Per Asberg, program director, client partnerships, IBM Rational, who will describe IBM’s role in helping to streamline the development design process for systems in automobiles, electronics and medical devices. Several industry panels and the event’s first application showcase complete the MEMS Executive Congress conference program.

“The MEMS industry is hot,” said Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group. “With double-digit growth rates, volume production surging at captive and commercial foundries, and vertical markets such as consumer, automotive, industrial and biomedical driving new demand for a wide range of MEMS devices, the MEMS industry is well poised for continued growth. Providing a unique brand of information-sharing among MEMS suppliers and OEM end-users, MEMS Executive Congress is the perfect forum for understanding and predicting this growth. If you are in any way connected to the MEMS industry, you must attend MEMS Executive Congress.”

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Karen’s blog from Acutronic Open House – May 21, 2011

By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

I typically write my blog as I am flying back home to Pittsburgh from various points around the globe including Japan, Germany and (nearly monthly) California. But today’s blog is being written in the comfort of my own office in Pittsburgh. Why, you may ask? Was it because I watched a really good movie on the way home and couldn’t stand the thought of cracking open my laptop to write a blog? Nope.

The reason I am writing this blog in Pittsburgh is because this blog is about the site visit I had to Acutronic – its US manufacturing site right here in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.  The weather gods smiled upon Dominique Schinabeck (CEO, Acutronic USA) and her impressive team as they hosted a fantastic open house, celebrating their 20 years in Pittsburgh and their new digs, on Washington’s Landing on the banks of the Allegheny River.

Acutronic hosted over 120 people at the open house; families and colleagues from both Pittsburgh and Switzerland came to the event. I came with my daughter, Katie, who had a great time jumping on the “bounce house,” enjoying the ice cream truck’s offerings, and playing Frisbee with the other kids at the party.

I enjoyed meeting with several Acutronic colleagues including Thomas Jung (Acutronic Group owner and president of the board), Sascha Revel, Corinne Stucki and several other team members from Pittsburgh; too many to list here. It was fun reconnecting with ETH Professor Paolo Ermanni (member of Acutronic’s board) whom I met while visiting Zurich last month to plan MEMS Executive Congress Europa to be held in Zurich on March 20, 2012. We discussed our plans for a tour and dinner at ETH’s main campus in the beautiful old city of Zurich.  I also enjoyed meeting Nick Wälli, Acutronic Switzerland’s CEO and COO, Christian Vetterli; who made the trip to Pittsburgh as well.

Thank you, Acutronic, for bringing this international group to Pittsburgh and showcasing your amazing and impressive technology – you truly demonstrated your mission to be the “world leader in the development, design and manufacture of precision motion simulators for the aeronautics, space, defense, automotive and consumer industries.” And thank you for giving out Pittsburgh-inspired Acutronic t-shirts and fantastic goody bags (thank you Jennifer!) filled with arts and crafts for the kids.

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