Original Press Release
It's Not Easy Being Green
Press release date: May 12, 2008
IPC Presents Symposium on Electronics and the Environment
BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, May 12, 2008 - The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive was a major change that caught many in the industry by surprise. Now, new regulations and issues like REACH, EuP, sustainability and halogen-free will affect the entire North American electronics supply chain. On July 16-17, 2008, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® will host a major symposium on electronics and the environment, "It's Not Easy Being Green: New Laws, New Materials and a New Way of Doing Business."
The two-day event will take place in Cambridge, Mass., and will feature presentations by the U.S. EPA and some of the leading corporations in the electronics supply chain including Apple, Intel, SGS, Sun Microsystems, Benchmark Electronics, TTM, Tyco Electronics and Allen & Overy LLP.
Top industry executives will cover compliance essentials of China RoHS and REACH - the European Union's new chemicals regulation which is estimated to cost the U.S. chemical industry 230 to 450 million dollars. In addition, attendees will hear about aggressive OEM timetables for halogen-free implementation. The keynote presentation, "A Corporate Environmental Program for the 21th Century," will be given by Patricia Kalkins, Vice President of Health and Safety, Xerox.
"We've all heard how challenging it can be to stay up-to-date on environmental regulations," said Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy. "At times, requests and requirements can seem overwhelming. The expert speakers we've lined up will shed light on the changes that lie ahead and help manufacturers prepare for OEM desires and regulatory compliance. Throughout the event, attendees will hear about environmental issues from the perspective of their peers." For more information or to register for the symposium, visit ipc.org/NotEasyBeingGreen or contact Miranda Tully, industry programs coordinator, at +1 847-597-2879 or MirandaTully@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 2,600 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.