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IPC publishes guide on major environmental trends.

Press Release Summary:

September 19, 2008 - Executive's Guide to Environmental Megatrends that will Shape the Future of the Electronics Industry is a 67-pg report that centers on restriction of substances, energy efficiency, and end-of-life recycling. It details existing and pending regulations affecting the industry and provides complete explanations and implications of each. Authored by Dr. Paul Goodman, it includes numerous tables and charts, including one detailing environmental requirements worldwide.

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries - Bannockburn, IL

Original Press Release

Newly Published IPC Guide to Environmental Megatrends Steers Companies through Environmental Regulations and Issues

Press release date: September 18, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, September 18, 2008 - IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces the release of Executive's Guide to Environmental Megatrends that will Shape the Future of the Electronics Industry, a new study to help executives in the electronics industry steer their companies through the increasingly costly and complex landscape of worldwide environmental requirements. IPC's new 67-page report helps companies position themselves for compliance and meet their customers' future needs. The focus of the report centers on three major environmental trends: restriction of substances, energy efficiency and end-of-life recycling. Each of these three trends can necessitate design changes driven by the need to comply. However, compliance with requirements arising from one trend may negatively affect compliance with others. The report details existing and pending regulations affecting the electronics industry and provides complete explanations and implications of each. Numerous tables and charts are included that clearly outline important information. For example, an overview of major product-related environmental requirements for Europe, the U.S., China, and the rest of the world, is provided in one chart. Another helpful table lists the main impacts of the three main megatrends on OEMs, EMS providers, PCB assemblers, material suppliers, and PCB production equipment manufacturers. According to the study's author, Dr. Paul Goodman, senior materials consultant, ERA Technology, the industry will continue to be affected by legislation that restricts substances, imposes energy reduction obligations and requires recycling at end of life. There will be both commercial implications and technological challenges. Each part of the electronics industry will be affected, to some extent, by each trend. By enhancing industry leaders' understanding of environmental issues, it is hoped that this report will help them to become more proactive in ensuring that environmental legislation is reasonable and can be implemented. Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy, agrees, "Through an understanding of the legislative issues and the rationale behind them, and by providing insight into the multiple facets of environmental challenges, executives can make more informed decisions for their companies and for the industry." The Guide to Environmental Megatrends was commissioned by IPC's Executive Market & Technology Forum and developed by ERA Technology Ltd., an environmental consultancy in the U.K with expertise in the electronics industry. Members of IPC's Executive Market & Technology Forum can access the guide online in the Executive Forum members-only Web site. Others may purchase it through the IPC online bookstore at For more information on the guide, contact IPC's director of market research, Sharon Starr, at or +1 847-597-2817. 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 $1.5 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai, China.


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