Launching Start-Ups Faster – productronica Fast Forward Awards 2021


Thursday, November 4, 2021


04:00 PM Europe/Berlin

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With Covid mainly under control, exhibitions are opening up again. November sees the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development, productronica 2021, welcoming guests to Munich, Germany. With it, the productronica Fast Forward platform, powered by Elektor, searches for the most significant innovations from the start-up community. 

Join us for our Elektor webinar, where we will be talking to the Fast Forward sponsors to find out why they are supporting this initiative and how they support start-ups. We’ll be speaking with representatives from:
• Platinum Sponsor – NCAB Group, sustainably delivering printed circuit boards at the lowest total cost through our competence, delivery accuracy, and product quality.
• Gold Sponsor – Almit, the future-oriented business of family Mendel, who deliver solder wires, solder pastes, and of course, lead-free solders. 

As well as learning more about their start-up initiatives, we’ll be asking if the chip crisis will ever end, discussing the impact the coronavirus has had on our sponsors and reviewing some of the upcoming highlights at productronica. And, as always, we’ll be answering your questions during the show!

Stuart Cording

Stuart Cording is an engineer and journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the electronics industry. He has held positions at National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Microchip Technology, Atmel, iSYSTEM, and Publitek. Cording’s recent articles appear at ElektorMagazine.com and in Elektor Industry magazine.

Benjamin Klingenberg

Benjamin Klingenberg has been Managing Director of NCAB Group Germany GmbH since fall 2019. The printed circuit board has accompanied him his entire career. After his training as a mechatronics engineer, he worked for various well-known electronics companies - always with a focus on Asia and printed circuit boards. Klingenberg has already worked for NCAB Group in the past, at that time as Key Account Manager, where he set up a completely new business unit in Northern Germany for NCAB Germany. Under Klingenberg's leadership, NCAB Germany has already seen both major organic growth and growth through acquisitions, such as the recent purchase of the PCB manufacturer sas-electronics in Bavaria.

Fabian Mendel

Almit is one of the top 5 leading manufacturers of soldering material worldwide. The German site in Michelstadt is run by the Mendel family as a family business. Fabian Mendel is 31 years old and lives in the Odenwald district. Together with his younger brother David Mendel, he is the second generation to succeed the company. He began supporting his parents in the business while he was still at school. Since completing his master's degree in Family Entrepreneurship in 2016, he has been responsible for strategic marketing, the further development of the international sales network and the optimization of internal processes as Business Development Manager.