The Estonian Electronics Industries Association in cooperation with IPC held the virtual seminar "IPC Day EMS 2020 - EMS and beyond" on the 7th of December 2020.

We were happy to listen to international representatives from the electronics industry, government, and banking, to present the electronics manufacturing sector in Europe, introduce the capabilities of the Estonian electronics industry throughout the value chain, and summarize the impact of COVID-19 on the Baltic Sea Region and the electronics sector. 


The whole seminar will be available to rewatch upon registration:



10.00 – 10:15 Gathering

10:15 –  10:25 Welcome and Introduction

Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary-General of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Otto Pukk, Chairman of the Estonian Electronics Industries Association

Philippe Leonard, Europe director, IPC

10:25 – 11:10 The European EMS Industry, Structure, Development, and Future

Dieter G. Weiss, in4ma EMS Market Statistics

11:10 –  11:40 Nordic and Baltic Industries During Corona Crisis

Tõnu Mertsina, Chief Economist of Estonia, Swedbank 

11:40 –  12:10 Estonian Electronics Industry

Arno Kolk, Managing Director of Estonian Electronics Industries Association

12:10  – 12:45 Break

12:45 – 13:05 How can Technology benefit EMS companies. HOW and WHEN to apply?

Kati Rahnel, Material & Logistics Manager of Scanfil

13:05 – 13:25 OEM View - Why We Built Our Factory

Kristjan Maruste, CEO and Co-Founder of Comodule

13:25 – 13:45 Recycling in Electronics Industry

Raido Oras, COO of Kat Metal 

13:45 – 14:15 Electronics Industry in Latvia

Normunds Bergs, President of Latvian Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry Association (LETERA)

14:15 – 14:50 IPC: Policy Drivers for Supply Chain Transparency and Traceability

Kelly Scanlon, Director of Environment, Health & Safety Policy and Research, IPC

14:50 – 15:00 Wrap up




Participation is free of charge. Please register here:




Seminar is supported by IPC, Swedbank, Taltech, Scanfil and Kat Metal.





Moderator and Speakers


Greg Grace is the Managing Director of Incap Electronics Estonia. Greg joined Incap in 2017, serving first as Business Development Manager, in April 2019 he joined the Management Board as Director of Business Development and is Managing Director since January 2020. His previous work experience includes management positions in Skano Group, Coca-Cola HBC Baltics and NSB Kaubanduse AS.

Greg Grace

Dieter G. W eiss is the head behind in4ma, the most reliable data source for the European EMS Industry. He has 42 years of experience in the electronics industry and has been studying the European EMS industry for many years - developing a database of more than 2150 EMS companies in Europe. The database provides a lot of detailed information which is regularly updated and fed with actual data in order to study actual market developments.

Dieter G. Weiss is a keen researcher and regular speaker at industrial events. Estonian Electronics Industries Association has invited him for the third time to speak about the actual developments in the EMS industry in times of COVID-19 pandemic.

Dieter G. W eiss

Tõnu Mertsina is the Chief Economist at Swedbank Estonia. His area of expertise includes not only the Estonian economy but also the markets of Estonia’s main trading partners, the Nordics and the Baltics. Tõnu Mertsina has extensive experience in economic analysis from Swedbank and the Bank of Estonia, in economic statistics from Statistics Estonia as well as in academic studies. He is a visiting lecturer at various Estonian universities.

Tõnu Mertsina's presentation at the seminar focuses on the effects of the pandemic on the Nordic and Baltic countries’ economies and future prospects.

Tõnu Mertsina

Arno Kolk is the Managing Director of the Estonian Electronics Industries Association. He has extensive experience in the electronics sector – he started his career as an R&D engineer in Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and worked in different engineering and management positions in EMS and engineering companies in several countries.

In his presentation, Arno Kolk will give you an overview of how Estonia’s world-class electronics industry is embracing modern practices and why this small and agile country is uniquely positioned to be the perfect test site for new products and processes.

Arno Kolk

Kati Rahnel has been working in different manufacturing companies for more than 20 years of which last 10 years in Scanfil Pärnu factory. She has been leading different projects of technology implementation. Currently, she is working in material and logistics manager position. Kati has a diploma from Tartu University in project management and a master's degree in financial management.

Kati Rahnel

Kristjan Maruste is a passionate tech-entrepreneur (honored to be selected Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe), the Co-Founder and CEO of Comodule. Comodule makes more people enjoy riding an electric scooter and bicycle. It manufactures and offers electronic telematics hardware, mostly for fleet operators and vehicle manufacturers. Comodule has connected over 300 000 e-scooters and has helped to launch fleets in over 60 cities worldwide. This year Comodule launched its own developed and assembled kick-scooters called Tuul. Tuul is the first Estonian-made, most durable, and eco-friendly kickscooter on earth.

Kristjan Maruste

Raido Oras is a Chief Operations Officer of KAT Metal. He has a background as an IT entrepreneur and has experience in management and sales functions from various companies. 

Electrical and Electronic Equipment waste stream is growing annually 4% making it the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Globally 50 million metric tonnes of electronic products are discarded every year. Without recycling, e-waste valuable resources in that stream will be lost. Recycling of e-waste starts from industry, reusing production residue through e-waste companies.

The partnership between the electronic industry and e-waste companies is beneficial to all counterparts. Recycling e-waste helps cut down on production waste and reduce the impact on the environment.

Raido Oras

Normunds Bergs has graduated from Riga Technical University with a degree in Radio engineering. He started his career in 1986 as a scientific associate at the Institute of Solid State Physics and soon moved to IT companies. Currently, he is the CEO of SAF Tehnika and co-founder of fintech company Mobilly. He has served as a Director at the World Trade Centre Riga. Bergs is a president of Latvian Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry Association (LETERA) and a Council member of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LTRK) and LDDK – Association of employers organisations.

Normunds Bergs

Kelly Scanlon, DrPH, MPH, CIH, leads IPC’s advocacy efforts as the association’s director of environment, health and safety (EHS) policy and research. She works on IPC’s Global Government Relations team in Washington, DC. There, she coordinates with IPC’s North American and European Government Relations Committees and the EHS Committee to develop robust policy and research agendas. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience as a public health scientist supporting academic and government institutions. She has her doctorate and a master’s degree in public health and she is a certified industrial hygienist.  

Kelly Scanlon