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January 20, 2009 - On April 1 at 8:00 a.m., IPC APEX EXPO keynoter, Walt Custer, will give insights into leading global indicators that will show signs of economic recovery. Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research, will team with Custer and present IPC survey data showing latest trends in demand and production for worldwide PCB, EMS, and supplier industries. They will share forecasts and trends for electronics equipment and component markets and discuss how seasonal and cyclical trends affect industry.

IPC APEX EXPO Global Business Outlook Keynote Puts Forecasting Tools in Industry's Hands


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Press release date: January 19, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, January 19, 2009 - While 2009 looks like a troubled year for our industry and the general economy, IPC APEX EXPO keynoter Walt Custer, president, Custer Consulting Group, says it is no time to give up. The noted forecaster will give insights into the leading global indicators he tracks at the free keynote session on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 am. "Although it's tempting to pull back when times are so tough," Custer says, "it's important to watch the indicators so you can see the signs of recovery and plan for it."

Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research, will team with Custer and present IPC survey data showing the latest trends in demand and production for worldwide PCB, EMS and supplier industries. Custer and Starr will also share forecasts and trends for electronics equipment and component markets and discuss how seasonal and cyclical trends affect the industry and the supply chain.

Starr points out that tracking indicators can help companies be more nimble and competitive. She notes, "While we are seeing cuts around the industry now, a company will have a great advantage if it is watching the indicators and sees the turnaround before its competitors. It would be a real advantage to be in the vanguard on picking up talent before everyone else recognizes that things are getting better."

The "Global Business Outlook" keynote session is free to all registrants of IPC APEX EXPO 2009. The world's premier technical conference and exhibition for printed boards, design, electronics manufacturing and test, IPC APEX EXPO will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas, March 31-April 2, 2009. For more information, visit www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org.

About IPC
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.5 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.
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