The new trade show will not be held in Germany, but in the northern Italian industrial city of Vicenza. This gives Italy the first and so far only European B2B trade show for printed circuit boards. The starting signal will be given on May 18, 2022.
The two-day event will only be the kick-off. The trade show with accompanying conference program is to be established as an annual industry get-together between PCB manufacturers and the user industry, at which the entire value chain will be represented. It would be the first and only one of its kind in Europe. All national and international companies that specialize in or use printed circuit board production are addressed. This includes material suppliers, PCB manufacturers, PCB designers, distributors and industrial users.
The new trade show is organized by the Italy Exhibition Group, which has the exhibition center in Vicenza at its disposal. It was renovated in 2014 and expanded to 80,000 m² of floor space. Added to this is the Vicenza Convention Centre (ViCC), inaugurated in 2014 and designed to accommodate 1200 people. Modern surroundings and sufficient space are therefore available. It is not yet possible to say exactly who will be making use of it. There is no official exhibitor list yet, but it will be published on the exhibition website focusonpcb.it with a certain deadline before the start of the exhibition.
»Focus on PCB« is organized and launched by NürnbergMesse Italia - the Italian subsidiary of NürnbergMesse founded in 2009 - and the Italian industry association Assodel, which represents about half of Italian electrical component manufacturing. The association established its own PCB trade group two years ago (Assodel PCB Group), which consists of about 20 companies.
The new exhibition is a response to the »increasing importance that the PCB industry is experiencing«, says Stefania Calcaterra, Managing Director of NürnbergMesse Italia. »I am confident that the market will respond positively and take advantage of this opportunity.«
Assodel also sees noticeable market growth for PCBs and wants to further support the trend through »Focus on PCB«. They are also working with NürnbergMesse because »both a national and an international outreach« is the aim, explains Luca Giovelli, Head of PCB Group and Managing Director of Fineline Italy. »Most importantly we are mindful of the need to acquire further technical know-how.« The trade show aims to create opportunities for this, enabling an ever closer alignment of PCB offerings with actual market needs through the exchange of technical expertise and user knowledge. "Professionalism, expertise, technical know-how and quality are the key assets to compete in this market segment«, Giovelli summarizes.
The workshops and technical seminars offered will cover the different types of PCBs. In addition to the classic single- and double-sided PCBs, rigid-flex PCBs and multilayer PCBs, 3D-printed PCBs are also addressed.