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July 16, 2008 - Scheduled for Sept 11 in Berlin, Executive Market and Technology Forum Conference will bring participants up to date on industry trends and developments in markets and technology. Delegates will receive data on demand trends for PCBs and assemblies and find out about newest work in photovoltaics. On Sept 10, IPC will hold European EMS Management Council Meeting addressing best practices of lead-free processes, 5 most important elements in EMS contract, and battling counterfeit components.

IPC Meetings in Berlin Focus on High Impact Trends Shaping the Electronics Industry of the Future


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IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
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Press release date: July 10, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, July 10, 2008 - The driving forces behind the electronics industry of the future will be the focus of a two-day IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® event in Berlin. The IPC EMS Management Council Meeting and Executive Market & Technology Forum Conference will be held September 10-11, 2008, and feature content experts from around the world presenting on a number of strategic topics to help participants discern and prepare for future industry opportunities and shifts.

On September 11, the Executive Market & Technology Forum Conference, hosted in partnership with the European Institute for Printed Circuits (EIPC), will bring participants up to date on key industry trends and new developments in markets and technology. Philipp Ehmer, an economist with Deutsche Bank AG, will lead off the day's program with an economic forecast and industry outlook for Germany and worldwide. Delegates will also receive new data on demand trends for PCBs and assemblies, find out about the newest ground-breaking work in photovoltaics and discover new opportunities in the industrial electronics market. Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research adds, "Delegates will also learn how major OEMs' technology roadmaps are driving environmental trends through the supply chain and hear the results of a new study commissioned by IPC on environmental megatrends."

Prior to the Executive Forum conference, IPC will hold a European EMS Management Council Meeting on September 10. Whereas the Executive Forum addresses the technological and market developments impacting the industry, the management meeting focuses on business strategy and management issues. Topics to be addressed include the best practices of lead-free processes, the five most important elements in an EMS contract and battling counterfeit components.

According to Susan Filz, IPC industry programs director, the EMS Management Council Meeting "... addresses the specific concerns of decision makers in the industry and offers real answers on how to manage their businesses more effectively. More than just a line-up of speakers, it is also an opportunity for senior managers to network and learn from each others' experiences."

As part of the two-day IPC event, the IPC Government Relations Committee will hold a special open forum to discuss industry regulatory concerns. IPC staff and members will discuss the outcome of IPC's recent RoHS review process meeting in Brussels and solicit delegates' input on other areas of concern. Details on this special forum will be released soon.

Delegates may choose to attend the IPC Executive Market & Technology Forum Conference and/or the EMS Management Council Meeting. For more information on the two-day event, visit ipc.org/2008Berlin. Questions regarding the Executive Forum may be directed to Sharon Starr at +1 847-597-2817 or SharonStarr@ipc.org. With questions regarding the EMS Management Council Meeting, contact Susan Filz at +1 847-597- 2884 or SusanFilz@ipc.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 electronic interconnect industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. 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, China.
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