iNEMI has been developing industry roadmaps for 20 years. In that time, the roadmap has grown from six chapters in 1994 to 28 chapters with more than 2000 in the 2017 edition.
Each roadmap builds on the processes of, and lessons learned from, previous editions. Each edition is a global collaborative effort that involves many individuals who are leading experts in their respective fields and represent many perspectives on the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Our roadmap has become recognized as an important tool for defining the “state of the art” in the electronics industry as well as identifying emerging and disruptive technologies. It also includes keys to developing future iNEMI projects and setting industry R&D priorities over the next 10 years.
The roadmap is the foundation of all iNEMI activities. It identifies major trends in the evolution of technology across numerous disciplines, with an emphasis on identifying potentially disruptive events (business and technology). It provides the information needed to identify critical technology and infrastructure gaps, prioritize R&D needs to meet those gaps, and initiate activities that address industry needs.
Through its roadmaps, iNEMI charts future opportunities and challenges for the electronics manufacturing industry. These widely utilized roadmaps:
- help OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers prioritize investments in R&D and technology deployment
- influence the focus of university-based research
- provide guidance for government investment in emerging technologies
The iNEMI Roadmap forecasts the business and technical needs of (typically) five to six different product sectors, based on input from industry-leading OEMs. The technology chapters forecast the evolution of technologies representing the full electronics manufacturing supply chain, compare those forecasts with the defined needs of the OEMs, and identify any gaps that might exist over a 10-year horizon.