LONDON Derek Boyd, CEO of the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) has been elected as chairman of the U.K. Electronics Alliance (UKEA).
Formed in 2006, the UKEA is a grouping of the major trade associations within the electronics sector. Boyd replaces Ashley Evans who becomes CEO of the Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network (Electronics KTN).
The Alliance successfully coordinated the proposal for the creation of the Electronics KTN. Subsequently approved by the DTI, the Network launches in May 2007 with the assurance of £3million of funding over 3 years.
“The Alliance provides a tremendous platform for reviewing the common problems and opportunities faced by all sectors of the electronics community – not just microelectronics – and there’s a real power to its collective voice,” said Boyd.
“The Electronics KTN is just the first of what we hope will be many major achievements by the UKEA. Industry skills are the next major issue the Alliance will tackle and we’ll be aiming to encourage fresh new talent to enter engineering and to provide greater support for continuous professional development. We will be recruiting an alliance executive in the very near future to help us drive forward this and other key initiatives,” added Boyd.
The UKEA membership includes Association of the Franchised Distributors of Electronic Components (AFDEC), Association for Automatic Identification and Mobile Data Capture (AIM UK), Component Obsolescence Group (COG), Electronics Scotland, The Electromagnetic Compatibility Industry Association (EMCIA), GAMBICA – Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology, International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, (IABM), Intellect, The Joint Equipment and Materials Initiative (JEMI UK), NMI, and the Welsh Electronics Forum