Electrolube sponsored the latest SMTA conference in Penang this month; the full title was 'South East Asia Technical Conference on Electronics Assembly' but SMTA is much easier to say! Phil Kinner, our Global Coatings Business Director, also joined me in order to present his Technical Paper entitled: 'Taking the shock out of Thermal Shock'.
The Conference was held in Penang, an Island off the North Western Coast of Malaysia. You might think it's an odd place for an Electronics conference, but as a free trade zone, Penang is one of Asia's main production areas for Electronic components and assembly. The island is connected to the mainland by two large bridges, and immediately after crossing the bridge you arrive in Kulim, another industrial area boasting some major international companies.
Penang is not, however, the easiest place to reach from Europe. Phil and I started from two different airports (Heathrow and Manchester), and both had 20+ hour flights with two changes. We knew it would be worth the effort, though, with such a good conference and so many customer visits ahead.Read more >