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90 SMT Magazine • September 2015 by stephen Las marias i-connecT007 Based in the Laguna Technopark in the Phil- ippines, Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI) today operates in multiple manufacturing sites spread out in the Philippines, China, Mexico, the United States, Bulgaria, and the Czech Re- public, providing solutions to original electron- ics makers catering for both regional and inter- national markets. IMI is a leading EMS provider in Asia, and ranks 7th in the list of top auto- motive EMS providers by New Venture Research based on 2014 EMS-related revenues. The com- pany serves diversified markets that include those in the automotive, industrial, medical, telecommunications infrastructure, storage de- vice, and consumer electronics industries. Arthur Tan, president and CEO of IMI, spoke to I-Connect007's Stephen Las Marias about the latest developments in his company, some of the trends happening in the automotive elec- tronics space, the challenges he is seeing in this region, as well as the opportunities for growth. He also touches on some of the latest technolo- gies that will help improve the assembly pro- cesses. Stephen Las Marias: Please tell us a bit more about imi as well as your different groups. Arthur Tan: IMI is a 35-year old company orig- inally started in the Philippines. The change happened in 2005 when IMI decided to ex- pand beyond the Philippines to become a re- gional and global player. In 2005, we complet- ed an acquisition by delisting a publicly listed company in Singapore called Speedy Tech, which has operations both in Singapore and in China. In 2010, we then expanded our tech- nology platform to include PSi Technologies, which is focused on semiconductor packaging as well as power modules. In 2011, we proceed- ed with our global expansion, and took over assets from EPIQ, which gave us the facilities in Bulgaria, in Czech Republic, and in Mexico. Through those acquisitions, IMI transitioned from purely a domestic player into a global player—beyond just Asia. We are now able to serve all the developing markets and developed markets in the world: Europe through Bulgaria and Czech Republic; North America through the United States and Mexico plants; and the rest of the world, through our China and Phil - ippine facilities. Driving Innovation FeAture interview

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