U.K. semiconductor trade associations agree to merge - Embedded.com

U.K. semiconductor trade associations agree to merge

LONDON — The boards of the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) and the Scottish Semiconductor Supplier Forum (SSSF) have agreed to a merger.

The move sees the NMI assume fullresponsibility for all activities of the SSSF, whose 60-strong membership will be invited to transfer to the NMI.

The NMI had 160 members prior to the merger and represents the interests of the semiconductor industry in the U.K. and Ireland. A not-for-profitorganisation funded by its members, the NMI’s membership spans the complete industry supply chain.

“The NMI has already collaborated very successfully with the SSSF over many years so we’re thrilled that we’re now combining ouractivities,” said Derek Boyd, CEO of NMI. “With very little overlap in our respective memberships, the core competences within the NMI will be extended, bringing even more value to members.”

SSSF Chairman, David Cairney added, “Our board’s proposal to merge the SSSF into the NMI was well received by our members, who recognised the realnetworking benefits the move will bring. In the current economic climate it’s more important than ever for businesses to be able to tap into theknowledge and experiences of as many others as possible. Absorbing the SSSF into a much larger and like-minded national trade association is a logical step to take.”

As a result of the merger, the SSSF have nominated Andre Hawrilyw, Managing Director of Compugraphics International to stand as a representative on the NMI Board.

The National Microelectronics Institute is a not-for-profit organisation funded by its members and has a membership that spans the supply chain and includes fabless semiconductor manufacturers, IDMs, foundries, design services, IP providers, businessassociates, research and academic institutions.

NMI CEO, Derek Boyd (right) welcomes Andre Hawrilyw to the board of the NMI.

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