Speaking about the change, Derek Boyd, NMI's CEO said,
As electronic systems continue to permeate every aspect of modern life with seemingly endless opportunities, we see there is a bright future for this industry in the UK. However, when considering the strategic challenges facing NMI's members in diverse areas such as Government policy, future skills, delivering innovation and driving world-class excellence it is clear that we need to further develop an even bigger impact. Today we're formally announcing our long term interest to bring closer interaction between chip and electronic systems companies and continue to reach out into key application areas of greatest interest to UK business and R&D operations. Broader engagement brings greater benefits to our members and the wider UK electronics eco-system including stronger links, louder voice, better networks and encouraging more economic opportunity. This is a positive step in helping the development of a sustainable world-class, electronic systems community here in the UK.
Supporting the development, NMI has also created a new logo and accompanying strap line, 'Together We're Better, to give a clear message that this industry has greater potential as organisations work collaboratively on the bigger challenges.
David Wollen, Chairman of NMI's Board of Directors, commented, The board and team at NMI are passionate about creating the right environment to develop our industry within a local and global context. We believe this change will strengthen the ability of our sector to address the challenges facing it and extends the excellent work NMI is recognised for, in semiconductors and chips, to increase the emphasis on design, manufacturing and business within electronic systems.