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IPC APEX EXPO(TM) recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce.

Press Release Summary:

December 21, 2009 - Chosen by vote of U.S. embassies, consulates, and commercial centers worldwide, IPC APEX EXPO is one of few U.S. trade shows that will participate in U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program (IBP) for 2010. Country and industry experts from U.S. Commercial Service will be on-site at event. Also, as part of IBP, there will be increased global promotion of trade show, and Export Interest Guide will be provided to all international attendees.

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries - Bannockburn, IL

Original Press Release

U.S. Consulates Help IPC APEX EXPO Exhibitors Reach across Oceans and Borders to Develop Business and Partnerships

Press release date: December 18, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA - The U.S. Department of Commerce has chosen IPC APEX EXPO(TM) as one of a select group of U.S. trade shows to participate in its International Buyer Program (IBP) for 2010. The event, produced by IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries®, was chosen by a vote of U.S. embassies, consulates and commercial centers worldwide. One measure was the show's appeal to overseas visitors. In 2009, 15 percent of attendees came from 42 countries other than the United States. "We're pleased to be able to provide this exclusive opportunity to our exhibitors to help them expand their businesses globally," says Kim Sterling, IPC vice president of marketing & communications. As one of only 36 U.S. trade shows in the IBP, IPC APEX EXPO has secured support from Commercial Service officers around the world who will reach out to their local regions to recruit qualified buyers, sales representatives and business partners to the event. Country and industry experts from the U.S. Commercial Service will be on-site during IPC APEX EXPO to help companies with hands-on export counseling, marketing analysis and matchmaking services. In addition to the increased global promotion of the event, a special Export Interest Guide will be provided to all international attendees to give them an easy way to identify IPC APEX EXPO exhibitors who are interested in exporting to specific international markets. Only IPC APEX EXPO 2010 exhibitors may participate in the IBP as suppliers. Information is available at for current exhibitors. Companies that are interested in exhibiting should contact IPC Director of Trade Show Sales Mary Mac Kinnon at +1 847-597-2886 or For more information on IPC APEX EXPO, visit Individuals who are interested in visiting the show as part of an international delegation should contact their local U.S. commercial specialist, embassy or consulate. Links to local consulates as well as information on obtaining visas, translated in eight languages, is available at 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 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; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.


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