SEMI and TechWorks Sign Multi-year Agreement to Accelerate Electronics Design and Manufacturing Innovations

BERLIN, Germany – April 10, 2019 – SEMI, the industry association representing the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, and TechWorks, the industry association for the deep tech community in the United Kingdom, today signed a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Under the agreement, SEMI and TechWorks will collaborate to accelerate joint development and commercialization of electronics design and manufacturing innovations across multiple sectors and applications such as cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT) security and connected electric vehicles.

SEMI Logo “The MOU extends SEMI’s standing relationship with TechWorks through its National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) Semiconductors to Systems Communities by combining our complementary strengths to enable growth in vertical segments,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “Together, we will leverage these strengths to lead and speed the development of world-class innovations in electronics design and manufacturing to maintain Europe’s leadership.”

The agreement will strengthen crucial links between the UK and continental Europe to bring more value to SEMI members and the industry while delivering economic benefits across the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain.

Image result for techworks logo“The strategic collaboration between SEMI Europe and TechWorks will span the global supply chain to accelerate the delivery of electronics technology,” said Alan Banks, CEO of TechWorks. “Our complementary communities extend both organizations’ reach and the world-class R&D capability of TechWorks.”


About TechWorks

TechWorks, the parent organisation to the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), Power Electronics UK, AESIN (Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network) and the IoT Security Foundation, seeks to strengthen the UK’s leadership in deep tech.


About SEMI

SEMI® connects more than 2,260 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Visit to learn more, contact one of our worldwide offices, and connect with SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Press / Association Contacts

Serena Brischetto
SEMI Europe
+49 30 303080770

Sophie Ericson
+44 07850 912 166 | +44 01506 401210

President of SEMI Europe & Head of the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to Keynote at AESIN 2019 Conference

Meet the Connected, Autonomous & Automotive Electronics experts driving Innovation

AESIN announces the first keynotes for their Annual Conference – the premier UK Automotive Electronics event. The conference is taking place October 1, 2019 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

Now in its 7th year, the conference brings together thought leaders, industry experts, government representatives and researchers. The conference is expected to attract more than 300 attendees, around 20 exhibitors and several vehicle demonstrators.

Keynote talks will include Iain ForbesHead of the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Laith AltimimePresident SEMI Europe.


Iain Forbes is the head of the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, a policy unit based jointly in the Department for Transport and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Centre aims to help ensure that the UK remains a world leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles.




Mr. Altimime has more than 30 years of international experience in the semiconductor industry.   Before joining SEMI as a President of SEMI Europe in 2015, he was senior director of business development at imec. Prior to this, Mr. Altimime held leadership positions at Altis/Infineon/Qimonda, KLA-Tencor, Communicant Semiconductor AG, and NEC Semiconductors.




Further keynote speakers will be announced in due course.


In addition to headline keynotes summarising the core message and trends – senior industry representatives will cover topics related to the AESIN workstreams during the technical tracks:

  • Clean and Connected Mobility
  • More Electric Powertrain
  • ADAS & HAV
  • Automotive Security
  • Software
  • Research & Development

Super Early Bird tickets have now been released and are available until May 8th

To secure your place please visit the AESIN website.



McLaren Applied Technologies wins prestigious Automotive Electronics and Power Electronics categories at last night’s TechWorks Awards

Only company on the night to receive two awards

Pascal Arnold and Dr Stephen Lambert receive the 2018 Automotive Electronics Innovation and Excellence Award for McLaren Applied Technologies

McLaren Applied Technologies was the only company to take two awards at last weeks TechWorks Awards. The company took the Automotive- and Power-Electronics Innovation categories.

Both awards were presented for the innovation behind the organisation’s CTU-400kW e-axle.

The awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. The TechWorks Awards have run annually since 2001 – originally branded as the NMI Awards.

The category specifically recognises today’s intensely competitive automotive market and the fact that it is absolutely essential for new innovative products to enable end user requirements of functionality and safety within a tight window of market opportunity, while meeting exceptionally high quality and reliability standards.

The award was presented by the renowned Journalist John Sergeant, who – when presenting for the Automotive Award said: “The high quality of applications provided a challenge for our judges in selecting the winner. In the end this year’s winner was chosen for their strong adoption of new and innovative technology in their CTU-400 (400kW) e-axle achieving an efficient outstanding performance traction unit for Automotive Electrification through collaboration with partners Integral Powertrain and Hewland Engineering.”

On presenting the Power Award, Sergeant added: “Power electronics contributes nearly £50bn annually to the UK economy and is a key enabler at the heart of electrification in multiple sectors.

And that the judges were, In particular impressed by the the “power electronics integration into the e-axle demonstrates early market leadership and impact in the drive for higher levels of integration in power electronics, motors and drives.”

The awards were held at a prestigious venue near London’s Tower Bridge.




As Chairman of AESIN I’m delighted to announce the launch of this valuable Automotive Capability Directory which provides a rich resource of UK based Companies offering Automotive Electronics services and solutions.

As part of our work at AESIN to help enable rapid innovation in Automotive Electronic Systems, it is vital that we reach out to companies across the UK and engage with our core Industry led  Workstream activities (Connected Corridor, More Electric powertrain, ADAS & AV, Security and Software).  I’m delighted to see that we already have over  sixty companies listed in our first release which will have both a searchable on-line and printed version launched at CENEX LCV2016 this year.

I would like to thank all those involved at AESIN and NMI for the working in preparing this new publication and also to our Editorial supplements from CENEX and UKTI.

I would encourage you make full use of the directory to help locate and connect with new potential suppliers and look forward to seeing this valuable resource grow in our first revision to be launched in 2H 2017.

Alan Banks
AESIN Chairman

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