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NMI membership hits 200 with Areva T&D

10th March 2010
ES Admin
The membership of the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), the trade association representing the semiconductor industry in the UK and Ireland, has reached 200. The Institute, which has seen its membership increase by 100% over the last 3 years, has welcomed global energy transmission and distribution company AREVA T&D as its 200th member.
Derek Boyd, CEO, NMI said, A particular area of activity where we see opportunity for improving synergy with Government policy is low carbon industrial strategy and initiatives. As a result, we've expanded our work in power electronics and created a new NMI Network called 'Electronics Enabling the Low Carbon Economy'. This will embrace companies in sectors actively involved in reducing carbon emissions, such as energy generation, energy distribution and transport. We're very excited therefore to pass the 200 member landmark with AREVA T&D.

He added, It's become vital that industry works together to enrich the UK's eco-system in key application areas such as low carbon and communications for example. Expanding the NMI's remit therefore to include more companies like AREVA T&D helps us to achieve this aim by stimulating yet more innovation and investment.

Dr. Norman MacLeod, Technology Director, AREVA T&D PES said, We chose to join the NMI because it has proven its ability to grow from its micro-electronics roots to embrace a far wider 'mega-electronics' community. By joining we aim to increase our involvement with the UK electronics industry and Government and better compete in the exciting international power electronics arena.

A not-for-profit organisation funded by its members, the NMI was founded in 1996 and provides leadership on industry issues and a range of activities designed to encourage innovation, communication and collaboration. Membership features electronic product companies, fabless semiconductor manufacturers, IDMs, foundries, design services, IP and EDA tool providers, research and academic institutions.

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