SEMICON Europa was held in Grenoble France this year from October 25-27, 2016. Grenoble is a hot point for semiconductor technology in France with fabs and technology centers located close by. Typically, this trade fair moves between Dresden and Grenoble each year with attendance of about 6000.
The Cimetrix team consisted of Dave Faulkner, EVP Sales & Marketing; Bruce Febvret, Business Development, Europe; and Kimberly Daich, our new Marketing Manager. Cimetrix brought our new double wide booth with new branding and was located next to our integration partner Agileo Automation.
We highlighted our CIMPortal Plus software demonstrating the benefits of the SEMI E164 standard. Attendance seemed light this year which allowed the Cimetrix team ample time to meet with various equipment supplier customers who had exhibits at the show. Of particular interest to our customers was our advice on when and how to add Interface A to their control systems, and what impact Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing will bring. The evening networking event was very well done; congrats to the SEMI team.
SEMI made an importance announcement that starting next year, SEMICON Europa will no longer move back and forth between Grenoble and Dresden; and will move to Munich in mid-November. This allows one large show featuring SEMICON and Productronica. SEMICON Europa will focus on semiconductor related activities and Productronica will focus on electronics assembly technologies. This decision works very well for Cimetrix as we share customers in both industries. See you next year in Munich!