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From left to right: Andreas Karch, regional technical manager and technologist – advanced applications, and Ralf Sedlatschek, head of technology, KATEK Group

Indium Corporation, KATEK to Present Joint Process Development at SMTconnect

May 5, 2022

Indium Corporation expert Andreas Karch, regional technical manager and technologist – advanced applications, and Ralf Sedlatschek, head of technology, KATEK Group, will co-present their joint process development on a materials solution to prevent hotspots in thermally-critical components at SMTconnect, May 10, 11:40 a.m.-Noon, Nuremberg, Germany.  

In their German-language presentation, Solder Material for Mounting Thermally Critical Components, Karch and Sedlatschek, will share the results of a joint process development project designed to guarantee the prevention of hotspots under thermally critical components utilizing a standard reflow process. 

To learn more about Indium Corporation's suite of proven products, visit or stop by its booth (#5-320) at the show.

Andreas Karch provides technical support on solder paste and preforms, fluxes, and thermal management materials to Indium Corporation's customers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Andreas Karch has more than 20 years of automotive industry experience in PCB and power electronics, including the advanced development of customized electronics. He received an award for developing one of the top 10 innovative patents for automotive LED assembly. Andreas Karch is an ECQA-certified integrated design engineer and holds a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. His thorough understanding of process technologies and project management skills reinforces Indium Corporation's commitment to providing world-class service to its customers in Europe.

Ralf Sedlatschek is the head of technology and radiation protection officer for KATEK Grassau. He is a state-certified engineer with more than 30 years of industry experience. His professional experience includes measurement engineer and quality manager for toolmaking and aviation industries; he has held multiple technical leading positions with KATEK Grassau since joining the company in 2005.

About Indium Corporation

Indium Corporation® is a premier materials refiner, smelter, manufacturer, and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, the company has global technical support and factories located in China, Germany, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

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About KATEK Group

In the KATEK Group, champions from all areas of the value chain join forces in a strong community. KATEK Group offers qualitative and quantitative scalability of development at every entry point of the product life cycle for customers who want to obtain competence, quality, and volumes over the entire electronics value chain from a single source.

KATEK's leadership in its "Category" allows customers to extend their leadership in their "Category." At the same time, KATEK is aware of its high social, economic, and ecological responsibility—the company makes an active contribution to climate protection and stand for sustainable, resource-saving entrepreneurship.

About SMTConnect

SMTconnect is the only trade fair for electronic production in Europe that brings people and technologies from the areas of development, production, services, and the applications of microelectronic assemblies and systems together in an inspiring work atmosphere.

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