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SMART Group Invites Keith Sweatman to Present at the SMART Group European Conference

Nihon Superior Co., Ltd., a supplier of advanced soldering and brazing materials to the global market, announces that Keith Sweatman was invited to speak at the SMART Group European Conference on behalf of its UK distributor DKL Metals Ltd. The
conference is scheduled to take place October 2-3, 2013 at The Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame, Oxfordshire.  

This presentation will review the factors that determine the performance of solder joints in service and identify ways in which the challenges the electronic industry is facing in solder-based assembly could be met cost-effectively. Topics will include:

  • Evolution of lead-free solder alloy formulation
  • The developing understanding of failure mechanisms in solder joints
  • Manipulating solder alloy microstructure for cost-effective enhancement of reliability
  • The next generation of solder alloys 

Keith Sweatman is a graduate in metallurgical engineering who has been involved in the solder industry and soldering technology for 40 years. His first exposure to solder technology was with the International Tin Research Institute and he took the expertise he acquired there to Multicore Solders where he had a series of technical, marketing and management roles that culminated in the position of Asia Pacific Region managing director. After Multicore Solders was purchased by the Henkel Group, he started working with Nihon Superior Co., Ltd as Senior Technical Advisor assisting them in the development of their global business in lead-free solder and assisting customers in the implementation of lead-free assembly. Keith has been an active participant in several HDPUG and iNEMI consortia projects relating to lead-free solder performance and reliability and is a regular speaker at IPC and SMTA conferences. In connection with the establishment at University of Queensland, Australia of the Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials, he has been appointed Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.


Nihon Superior Co., Ltd. , Overseas Sales Section, NS Bldg., 1-16-15 Esaka-Cho,  Suita City, Osaka,  564-0063 Japan,  Tel:
+81-(0)6-6380-1121, Web Site:





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