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February 25, 2009 - Encouraging members in electronics industry to look beyond today's stormy environment, IPC will host European Electronics Industry Executive Summit April 27-28 to help companies prepare for economic upturn and capitalize on growing industry opportunities. Event will include Government Relations and Regulatory Forum to discuss proposed changes to RoHS Directive, full program dedicated to EMS management issues, and IPC Executive Market and Technology Forum Conference.

IPC European Executive Summit Negotiates Challenges Into Opportunities


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Press release date: February 23, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, 23 February, 2009 - Encouraging its members in the electronics industry to look beyond today's stormy environment, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® will host a European Electronics Industry Executive Summit in Berlin, 27-28 April, to help companies prepare for the economic upturn and capitalize on growing industry opportunities.

The two-day event will kick off with a Government Relations & Regulatory Forum to discuss the proposed changes to the RoHS Directive and IPC efforts in regards to the impending changes, as well as other laws and regulations with the power to affect a company's bottom line.

The afternoon of 27 April will resume with a full program dedicated to EMS management issues. The EMS Management Council meeting will feature expert presentations on: counterfeit components and how companies can protect themselves from this growing concern, the five most critical elements of an EMS contract, the best practices of lead-free manufacturing and a case study of a U.S. EMS company. Equally important are the networking opportunities at the management meeting, which will foster valuable relationship building and stimulate real-world exchange of lessons learned and successful strategies.

On 28 April, the IPC Executive Market & Technology Forum Conference will bring together members from all segments of the electronics supply chain to highlight areas of growth and how each link in the chain can work together to realize these opportunities. This day-long conference will be presented in partnership with the European Institute of Printed Circuits (EIPC).

Conference presentations will include an economic forecast from Deutsche Bank and the latest developments and trends in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Leading consultants with insights into many companies in the European electronics industry will discuss a reverse trend in electronics sourcing that is bringing some business from Asia back to Europe, opportunities in the medical electronics market, and the latest developments in flexible, printed and organic electronics. The conference will conclude with a presentation by a leading European electronics supplier on new cost-saving technologies for green electronics, and a close look at the results of a recent IPC-sponsored study on environmental megatrends.

For more information on the IPC European Electronics Industry Executive Summit, visit http://ipc.org/berlin-meetings or contact Ms. Alli Green, IPC industry programs coordinator, at AlliGreen@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2879.

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 $1.7 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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