Speakers – Day One


Naim Kapadia

Naim has been working with the MTC since 2012, developing capability in advance production system (APS) and additive manufacturing in Electronics (AME). Naim Kapadia has been responsible and leading the Smart Factory for Electronics  Manufacturing using legacy equipment project. Prior to joining Naim has over 25 years of experience in the electronics manufacturing working for contract manufacturers and PCB fabricators. Naim has participated and led many programs in the UK disseminating Montreal protocol , the development of Surface Mount Technology and lead-free implementation.


Stéphane Huet

Stéphane joined Europlacer in 1997 as an export customer service technician at just 22 years old. Despite his youthful age, he participated in many international equipment installations, providing valued support to our subsidiaries and distributors. After a four-year break at a screen printer manufacturer, Stéphane returned to Europlacer as a regional commercial engineer. In 2014, Europlacer’s succession planning programme positioned Stéphane to take over the management of the French facility. He joins the EMT in 2020 as Group Operational Officer.


Mark Daglish

Mark Daglish is an Electronics Test Engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in the electronics industry. He is responsible for the company’s product ranges of Embedded JTAG Solutions equipment as well as Inspection Solutions.


Thomas Marktscheffel

Thomas is working for ASM Assembly Systems and in his job as Product Manager he is responsible for defining and building the SW Integration Platform for ASM’s SMT # 1 Smart Factory. As a member of several IPC committees, he is strongly driving for global industry standards such as CFX and Hermes. Thomas has more than 20 years experience in the SMT industry.


Radu Diaconescu

Radu is an Electrical Engineer, with an M.Sc. in Management of Technology from EPFL (Swiss Technical Institute), Lausanne, Switzerland. He Hs a vast industrial experience in the field of electronics and is currently managing Swissmic's business development efforts and sits in the Board of Directors. He also co-chairs the IPC 1782 Critical Components Traceability standard committee and the IPC 2551 Digital Twin Architecture standard committee.

Steve Kuhlman

Steve Kuhlman is an executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience building and leading sales, marketing and product teams for private and public companies. Most recently, Steve has been leading Lean Power, a company that transforms workforces into digital ready workforces.

Fabian Autenrieth

Fabian Autenrieth has been with the ASYS Group for over 10 years. Since three years he is product manager in the MATERIAL LOGISTICS division. He has many years of experience in the SMT environment and knowledge of various manufacturing concepts and material flow concepts.


Michael Ford

Working for Aegis Software provides Michael the opportunity to apply his years of electronics assembly manufacturing experience, to drive both business and technology solution innovation that satisfies evolving needs in digital manufacturing.

Starting his career with Sony, including eight years working in Japan, Michael has been instrumental in creating many solutions for manufacturing that blend a deep and broad knowledge of manufacturing, with evolving software technologies.

Today, Michael is an established thought leader for Industry 4.0 and digital Smart factories, an active contributor to industry standards with the IPC, in the areas of the Connected Factory Initiative (CFX), traceability and the digital factory platform.