Australia's largest electronics expo returns to Sydney

Australia's largest electronics expo returns to Sydney

Australia’s only dedicated trade event for the electronics industry will this year be held in Sydney in September.

Electronex – The Electronics Design and Assembly Expo will be staged from 5–6 September at Rosehill Gardens Event Centre with free parking for visitors. The expo is now in its ninth year and alternates annually between Sydney and Melbourne. With over 90 companies represented at the expo and a technical conference, plus free seminars featuring leading international and local industry experts, this is a must-see event for decision-makers, managers and engineers designing or manufacturing products that involve electronics.

This year’s event will feature a host of new product releases as well as advanced manufacturing solutions as Australian companies embrace the move towards niche and specialised manufacturing applications. In recent years there has been a resurgence of companies sourcing products and solutions from Australian-based suppliers as local manufacturers seek out specialist applications and recognise the expertise and quality control that is available from Australian-based suppliers.

In addition to featuring a wide of range of electronic components, surface mount and inspection equipment, together with the latest test and measurement products and other ancillary products and services, companies can also discuss their specific requirements with contract manufacturers that can design and produce turnkey solutions for specific applications.

The last event in Sydney in 2016 attracted over 1200 electronics design professionals, including electronic and electrical engineers, technicians and management; along with OEM, scientific, medical, IT and communications professionals, defence, government and service technicians. Trade visitors can register for free online at

SMCBA conference

Since 1988 the Surface Mount and Circuit Board Association (SMCBA) has conducted Australia’s only conference dedicated to electronics design and manufacture. The 2018 conference will again be held as part of Electronex, an initiative of the SMCBA which has given the electronics industry a dedicated exhibition and conference. Since the first staging of the Electronex event in 2010, the number of exhibitors has increased threefold.

The conference brings together local and international speakers to share information critical to the successful design and development of leading-edge electronic products and systems engineering solutions. This year, leading international speakers Susy Webb and Jasbir Bath will join local presenters to deliver a wealth of information on electronics design and manufacture, embedded systems and new product development.

“We are delighted that Susy Webb and Jasbir Bath, both from the US, have accepted our invitations to present workshops at the conference in 2018,” said Andrew Pollock, Executive Officer of the SMCBA. “They bring a wealth of electronics design and manufacturing knowledge which they will generously share with attendees.”

Webb, a senior PCB designer with 37 years of experience, is a regular speaker at the PCB, IPC and international design conferences, and consults for individual companies as well. She will be holding workshops on the following topics:

  • Designing Beyond Simulation
  • Building a Bridge from Design to Manufacturing
  • The Complexities of Designing with Fine Pitch BGAs
  • Part Placement Choices and Consequences

Bath, meanwhile, has over 20 years of experience in research, design, development and implementation in the areas of soldering, surface mount and packaging technologies. His workshops will cover:

  • Design for Manufacturability and Reliability
  • Printing and Its Effect on Manufacturing Yield
  • Reflow, Wave and Rework Soldering Process Optimisation in Electronics Manufacturing

In addition, the popular IPC training and certification program ‘PC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies’ course will be conducted by one of the SMCBA’s Master IPC Trainers. The IPC-A-610 is the most widely used document in the electronics industry worldwide and the SMCBA has been conducting these programs for over 20 years.

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