SMART Group - Surface Mount and Related Technologies


Bob Willis currently operates training and consultancy business based in England and has created one of the largest collections of interactive training material in the industry. Although a specialist for companies implementing lead-free manufacture Mr Willis has provided worldwide consultancy in most areas of electronic manufacture over the last 25 years. This is based on working in manufacture with contract assembly, printed board manufacture and environmental test facilities. This has eared him the SOLDERTEC/Tin Technology Global Lead-Free Award for his contribution to the industry. He has also been presented with the SMTA International Leadership Award and IPC Committee Award for contribution to their standards activity. He has worked with the GEC Technical Directorate as Surface Mount Co-Ordinator for both the Marconi and GEC group of companies and prior to that he was Senior Process Control Engineer with Marconi Communication Systems. Following his time with GEC he became Technical Director of an electronics contract manufacturing company where he formed a successful training and consultancy division. Over the years Bob has been Chairman and Technical Director of the SMART Group and holds the title of Honorary Life Vice President for his contributions to the group since its inception.

SMART Group to Become SMTA Europe

Minneapolis, Minn. – SMTA and SMART Group announce plans for SMART Group to become SMTA Europe effective January 1, 2018. SMTA Europe will continue to host meetings in the UK, but will also support manufacturing regions in mainland Europe with additional educational programs and technical resources

Members of both organizations will benefit with expanded opportunities to connect across the globe as well as mutual access to thousands of technical papers and online content

This announcement comes months after the successful Contamination, Cleaning and Coating Conference co-organized by SMTA and SMART Group in Amsterdam. Plans are already underway for a 2018 conference in Amsterdam addressing Electronics in Harsh Environments

“In this fast changing environment, industry associations can struggle to remain relevant and this will ensure that our growth continues,” said Keith Bryant, Chairman of SMART Group. “SMTA is a global organization with a huge reach. Together we will offer our members unrivalled events and support, increasing their knowledge, helping those overcome problems and become more successful”

“The SMART Group mission and values perfectly align with that of SMTA.” said Tanya Martin, Executive Director for SMTA. ”The SMART Group has built a solid foundation and we look forward to welcoming their members into our family. This is an exciting time for SMTA as we strive to expand our international presence and bring education and connections to electronics professionals around the world”

If you would like to apply to join the SMTA Europe Technical Committee and help organize great events, please contact Tanya Martin,

SMTA – A Global Association Working at a Local Level
Established in 1984, the SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations


Live – High Reliability Printed Circuit Board Manufacture

Wednesday 10th May SMART Group Factory Visit to Amphenol-Invotec in Tamworth
Starting with coffee at 10.00am
HTPCBbannerHave you ever seen how today’s high-reliability PCBs are fabricated? No? Well here’s your chance.  The SMART Group has arranged a visit to Amphenol-Invotec, one of the UK’s leading High-Rel PCB fabrication companies based in Tamworth, Staffs.  Here you will see all types of PCBs in fabrication from standard multilayer through to HDI and flex-rigid assemblies.  Get the low-down on design for manufacture requirements straight from the horse’s mouth and meet other members of the SMART Group

The date for this unique opportunity is Wednesday 10th May. ITAR restrictions apply and places are strictly limited so register today Click Here

The event is open to SMART Group members and non-members

For further details contact Keith Bryant

Donal McDonald – Obituary

Donal McDonald

I am the bearer of very sad news, a great friend of SMART and a real industry character Donal McDonald passed away suddenly in San Diego, just before the APEX show. I have known Donal for about 27 years and was proud to call him my friend, he was the life and soul of any party and a guy who would do anything to help his friends

Like many of us who travel globally to the shows, we didn’t meet as often as we would have liked, but we had many many good times in many wonderful places and he will be missed by everyone in our travelling village. The Craic has gone out of these events and everyone knows that they will not be the same again, we will keep many good memories, but Donal will make no more

Keith Bryant – Chairman of SMART Group