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50 SMT Magazine • September 2015 by stephen Las marias i-connecT007 One of the leading EMS providers world- wide, Sanmina Corp., has over 20 years of auto- motive electronics manufacturing experience. The company is fully compliant with all regu- latory standards including TS 16949, advanced product quality planning (APQP); product part approvals (PPAP); process failure mode & effects analysis (PFMEA); design failure mode & effects analysis (DFMEA; and part change notice (PCN), and incorporates stringent manufacturing and quality procedures based on lean manufactur- ing, Six Sigma and zero-defect initiatives. In an interview with I-Connect007's Ste- phen Las Marias, Sanmina's Bernd Enser, VP of Global Automotive, discusses the impact of the latest development trends in cars today on the automotive electronics assembly space, as well as the qualifications required of an EMS provid- er to get into an automaker's AVL. He also ex- plains why experience is essential to becoming successful in the automotive electronics space, and offers his outlook for the industry. Stephen Las Marias: how has the automotive electronics industry evolved over the past decade, and what major changes have you witnessed? Bernd Enser: Today's automobiles have far more functionality and advanced electronics than they did 10 years ago. Many areas have been impacted including safety, passenger comfort, driver experience, energy saving, and CO 2 re- duction. The technology we use in our living rooms and other places such as infotainment, tablets and GPS has been introduced to the car. Advanced functions such as parking assistance and collision-avoid- ance systems have been incorporated. These designs require Internet access and other connectivity to provide the mecha- nisms to identify and sense other vehicles and buildings. And with the introduction of hybrid cars, elec- Experience is Key FeAture

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