24 MAY 2023 +27% of visitors compared to the first edition. Exponential growth of accredited exhibitors compared to 2022, of which 20% were companies from the EMEA and APAC area. A 40% increase in the supporting program of specialist conferences and technical workshops, with 35 appointments, entirely translated into Italian and English for an increasingly international public, to animate the two exhibition days. And an exclusive first time for Italy with the IPC Hand Soldering Competition, the manual welding competition promoted by IPC.

A clear feeling of enthusiasm, given by the lively and productive networking climate and by the high-quality level of this meeting opportunity for professionals of the printed circuit industry, unique in the European exhibition panorama, characterized all exhibition attendees.

These numbers mark the positive closing of the “Focus on PCB – From Design to Assembly” exhibition, at its second edition, an event organized by NürnbergMesse Italia, promoted by the PCB Assodel Group, sponsored by ANIE Electronic Components and hosted by IEG – Italian Exhibition Group at the Vicenza Exhibition Center.
The organizers of NürnbergMesse Italia confirm the success of Focus on PCB and are already at work for the next edition: the appointment with Focus on PCB 2024 is set for 15-16 May 2024.

“Our goal was to offer the entire printed circuit board industry a meeting point with high added value to create business opportunities”, underlines Stefania Calcaterra, Managing Director of NürnbergMesse Italia. As a matter of fact, Focus on PCB is aimed at all professionals in the printed circuit board industry: PCB manufacturers, PCB distributors, contractors, EMS, PCB material suppliers, service companies, suppliers of design-related services and tools, institutions and companies of PCB and PCBA certification, analysis and testing laboratories. “The positive balance of this second edition provides the unequivocal signal that we have taken the right path, creating a fair that has no equal in the European B2B exhibition scene and which translates into the exchange of ideas, the focus on needs, the development of new proposals and suggestions useful to create inspiration and to become the object of targeted studies, so to give new and solid answers to the needs of a market that is strategic at a global level”.

Making its debut in Italy, the IPC Hand Soldering Competition, with GestLabs Master IT judges, saw 28 professional welders participate in the competition in Vicenza, including 9 women. The winner was Alessandro Manicone of Elettronica GF srl, who managed to complete the assigned task of building a functional PCBA in just 50 minutes. He will represent Italy at the final to be held in Munich during Productronica (November 14-17). Second place for Enrico Zanchetta of Ermes Elettronica and third place for Giorgio Agnelli of Dynamis PRC. All three were awarded cash prizes by sponsors. For the first time, IPC assigned the “Best Team” award as well: the company PCB Design won it by scoring highest in the team section.

The Focus on PCB community will continue to receive all the updates in the coming months by following the news on the website and on the LinkedIn page of the event, in an ideal path towards the 2024 edition.

NürnbergMesse Italia has been in the Italian market since 2009, as the Italian branch of the NürnbergMesse group, one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. The group includes NürnbergMesse GmbH, based in Nuremberg, and its 15 branches and affiliates and employs over 900 people in eleven locations in Germany, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Greece, Austria, and the United States. The group also has a network of international representatives in more than 100 countries. The NürnbergMesse exhibition portfolio includes around 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses, both in-person and digital, with a focus on five product clusters: Retail & Consumer Goods, Building & Construction, Process Technology, Electronics & Security, Social & Public. In addition to managing the promotion in Italy of the group’s events in Nuremberg and around the world, since 2017 NürnbergMesse Italia is also an organizer of events in Italy. As an employer and organiser of major events, NürnbergMesse takes responsibility for people and the environment. It shapes its corporate actions on the basis of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals with the aim of achieving climate neutrality of energy supply by 2028.

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