Original Press Release
IPC Executive Summit Focuses on Repositioning for the New Economy and Growth Opportunities in Electronics Manufacturing
Press release date: July 16, 2009
BANNOCKBURN, Ill, USA, July 16, 2009 - Tumultuous changes in the economy have made "business as usual" no longer viable, and the electronics industry is no exception. As last year's solutions wane in effectiveness, executives are challenged to explore fresh approaches to business success. With this in mind, the IPC Electronics Industry Executive Summit was designed to equip executives with focused market information and opportunities to best capitalize on new growth areas. Titled "Survive and Thrive in the New Business Environment," the summit will be held October 21-22, 2009, at the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in Litchfield, Ariz.
Offering targeted concurrent sessions for each area of the electronics manufacturing supply chain, the Executive Summit will focus on meeting the future needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) - identifying key markets and emerging technologies and discussing economic forecasts and business strategies to help managers position their companies for growth. Dedicated time for networking with colleagues, customers and suppliers will also be provided.
Three niche markets vital to the new economy - medical electronics, U.S. military electronics and network technologies - will be in the spotlight on October 21. In the general session, experts in these markets will share their thoughts on strategic programs, applications and priorities. Subsequent breakout sessions for printed circuit board (PCB), electronics manufacturing services (EMS), semiconductor and laminate segments will give attendees targeted information on new industry trends, technologies and applications. The breakout for the military segment will host a presentation on the role of the Executive Agent for PCB technology.
The afternoon's focus will be on business strategies to reposition and transition into growth markets and management issues driven by the changes in the economy. Topics for PCB executives include shifting toward the right niche to match industry demand, mergers and acquisitions, and the implications of IPC's Benchmarking Survey for the PCB Industry. PCB suppliers will look at mergers, planning for new products and the expectations and challenges for rigid flex. Sessions for EMS executives include inventory management, negotiating vendor contracts and controlling costs. Topics for assembly equipment executives will cover evolving market trends and meeting changing customer demands. The afternoon will wrap up with management roundtable discussions for each industry segment and a special session on standardization for the factory, followed by a networking reception and dinner.
An exploration of the new international economic landscape will lead off the second day of the Summit with a general session featuring the industry's leading analysts. Ed Henderson, president of Henderson Ventures, will present the macroeconomic forecast while Walt Custer, president of Custer Consulting, covers the global business outlook. Breakout sessions will delve into promising future trends and growth opportunities in solar, LEDs and printed electronics. Other sessions will offer strategies for the challenges of the new economic reality, such as ways to secure funding, make adjustments for changing geographic trends and protect intellectual property. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in "The New Electronics Industry," an in-depth, two-hour roundtable discussion that will engage executives in an insightful exchange on the future of the industry. The day will end with an update on industry statistics as IPC director of market research Sharon Starr explains how to put IPC's valuable market research data to use in planning and decision making.
For the complete list of speakers and sessions, visit ipc.org/executive-summit-09 or contact Susan Filz at SusanFilz@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2884. Register online at www.ipc.org/executive-summit-registration or call +1 847-597-2861.
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 $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.