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February 25, 2009 - To be held on March 31 - April 2, 2009, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas, IPC APEX EXPO will offer 8 free forum sessions providing expert insights into strategic issues facing industry companies. According to Greg Munie, Ph.D., IPC Conference Director, line-up should help companies understand future industry technology needs and attend to current challenges. In addition, 34 technical posters will be presented by industry experts and academic researchers during event.

Strategic Issues from Industry Costs to Roadmapping a Focus of Free Sessions at IPC APEX EXPO(TM)

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IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
3000 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL, 60015

Press release date: February 24, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, February 24, 2009 - Eight free forum sessions will provide expert insights into strategic issues facing industry companies during IPC APEX EXPO. Free Forums will take place each day from March 31 through April 2, 2009, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas. Admission to all sessions is included with free pre-registration for exhibit hall admission. The eight sessions include:


IPC Technology Roadmap, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
The IPC International Technology Roadmap for 2008-2009 will be released at the show. This session will highlight the future technologies that will drive the electronic interconnect industry.

iNEMI Technology Roadmap, 3:15 pm-4:45 pm
This forum continues the interchange of roadmapping information with highlights of the 2009 iNEMI Roadmap (available to industry in March 2009) and a detailed discussion of several key technologies.

IPC Government Relations Forum, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Attendees will receive updates on key lobbying issues including the proposed revisions to the RoHS directive, and will discuss legislative and regulatory concerns with members of the IPC Government Relations Committee.


Test and Inspection Summit, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
A panel of senior level executives will discuss the latest test challenges and the technologies that are emerging to deal with them, including in-circuit electrical test, optical inspection, X-ray inspection, functional electrical test, and JTAG/boundary-scan test.

Counterfeit Electronics, 10:15 am-11:45 am
This interactive forum will provoke discussion on actions being taken, and contemplated, to fight counterfeiting within the electronics manufacturing community. The emphasis will be on action-oriented "eco-system" approaches to addressing the problem, rather than fighting the counterfeiters along traditional paths (e.g. PCB board materials, components, etc) which results in fragmented strategies.

Environmental Laws and Regulations 2009: A Supply Chain Perspective, 8:30-10:00 am
A panel of experts on environmental compliance issues from industry companies Jabil Circuits, TTM Technologies and Sun Microsystems will discuss the current state of worldwide regulations and how companies can prepare for the next wave of legislation.


iNEMI Pb-free and BFR-free Forum, 8:30 am-10:00 am
This session will present the latest status on iNEMI's efforts to eliminate "materials of concern." Projects include: Pb-Free Alloy Alternatives, BFR-Free PCB, and Pb-Free Wave Soldering.

Industry Cost Challenges: EMS Solutions, 10:15 am-11:45 am
A panel comprising EMS company representatives and a bill of materials expert will present case histories and lessons learned to attack problems in production, supply chain management, board failure, and time to market. This is a vital discussion for both OEMs and EMS providers interested in cutting nonvalue-added costs from the production cycle.

"We are giving visitors even more content for their time at the show. This line-up of educational sessions should be of great interest to companies who need to know the future technology needs for our industry while keeping an eye on current challenges," says Greg Munie, Ph.D., IPC conference director.

In addition to the free sessions, 34 technical posters will be presented by industry experts and academic researchers during the event. Poster authors will be available on Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm to discuss their findings. Pre-registered attendees may view the posters and attend the poster presentations for free.

More specifics on the forums can be found at For more information on other IPC APEX EXPO activities or to register, visit Early-bird savings of 20 percent on fee-based activities expire March 4, 2009.

About IPC
IPC ( 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 $1.7 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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