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IPC Symposium addresses electronics and environment.

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December 30, 2008 - Titled "It's Not Easy Being Green: Compliance with Legislation and Customer Requirements" IPC's symposium will provide up-to-date information on environmental regulations and other trends affecting electronics industry. Attendees will hear from keynote Joe Johnson of CISCO Systems on how they plan to succeed in environmental and product compliance goals, learn how organizations are overcoming regulation challenges, and be informed of OEM supply chain requirements for low-halogen electronics.

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IPC Symposium on Electronics and the Environment

Press release date: December 22, 2008

February 4-5, 2009 San Jose, California USA REGISTER NOW! Have you Considered the Forces that Will Impact Your Business in 2009? Environmental laws and regulations are likely among your top concerns. But it's not just about complying with laws and regulations; it's about how your customers interpret those regulations because, in the end, meeting your customer's requirements is as important as following the law. IPC's It's Not Easy Being Green: Compliance with Legislation and Customer Requirements Symposium will provide you with the most up-to-date information on the environmental regulations and other trends affecting the electronics industry. Compliance with Legislation
This symposium will cover critical topics to help you to understand laws and regulations affecting the electronics industry. If you are going to be successful in complying with legislation, you have to be ahead of the game and prepare in order to avoid disruption of your business. Focus and gain knowledge on new laws, regulations and requirements such as: REACH compliance basics/requirements for electronics manufacturers and their suppliers located both inside and outside the EU
Updated information on the European Union's RoHS Review process including changes in scope, recommendations for the inclusion of medical and monitoring equipment, new substances and the addition of new substance requirements
China RoHS and the process for including electronic products in the catalogue of items subject to substance restrictions
Environmental regulatory trends in California, including Green Chemistry, e-Waste and Energy Efficiency, and how these may impact your business inside and outside of California.
These new requirements will affect all aspects of your business, from design, purchasing, manufacturing, and marketing - regardless of your role in the supply chain. Adhering to Customer Requirements
While some regulations may start out as legal requirements, they ultimately become supply chain requirements. Pleasing each customer may be difficult, but finding out where your customers are heading will help you prepare. As an attendee at this symposium, you will: Hear from our keynote Joe Johnson of CISCO Systems on how they plan to succeed in their environmental and product compliance goals. Learn what CISCO has put in place to overcome regulation challenges they have faced already and may face in the future. Obtain information on new OEM and top tier EMS commitments to Corporate Social Responsibility codes and how that will impact your business. Learn from organizations from each segment of the supply chain on how they are overcoming regulation challenges during the Supply Chain Panel Discussion. Be informed of OEM supply chain requirements for low-halogen electronics, including the new J-STD-709 standard, Definition of Maximum Limits on the Low-Halogens Bromine & Chlorine Used in Materials for Certain Electronic Components and Assemblies, and the results of the EPA Design for the Environment study on halogen-free flame retardants for printed circuit boards. Finally, have the chance to hear from a number of software system providers on our System Compliance Panel. Examine new software products designed to help you track your supply chain compliance with RoHS and REACH substance restrictions. Be prepared. Attend this symposium and help your organization meet the environmental requirements of the future. CONFERENCE AGENDA
Day 1-February 4, 2009 7:00 am
Registration and Networking Breakfast 8:00 am
Welcome and Introductions
Fern Abrams, Director, IPC Government Relations and Environmental Policy 8:15 am
Keynote Address: Leveraging the "Green Wave": Driving Synergy Between Product Regulatory and Green Market Strategies
Joe Johnson, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs, CISCO Systems, Inc. 9:15 am
RoHS Update
Ken Rivlin, Partner & Environmental Practice Manager, Allen & Overy LLP 10:45 am
Break 11:15 am
California Environmental Issues and the Impact Nationally
Maureen Gorsen, Director, DTSC 12:15 pm
Lunch 1:30 pm
REACH Update
Mike Kirschner, President, Design Chain Associates 3:00 pm
Break 3:30 pm
Systems Compliance Panel
A discussion about RoHS and REACH database and supply chain communication solutions 5:00 pm
Adjourn 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Networking Reception Day 2-February 5, 2009 7:00 am
Networking Breakfast 8:00 am
Electronics Sustainability: Creating Positive Environmental Impacts
Lauren Heine, Director of Applied Science, Green Blue Institute 9:00 am
Corporate Social Responsibility
Jen Shepherd, Canyon Snow Consulting 10:00 am
Break 10:30 am
Halogen-Free Update Environmental Regulation and Review
Susan Landry, Advisor, Fire Safety and Advocacy, Albemarle Corporation J-STD-709 Standard
Steve Tisdale, Packaging Manager, ATD Initiatives, Intel Corporation An Overview of the EPA Design for the Environment Project, "Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards."
Melanie Vrabel, Chemist, U.S. EPA 12:15 pm
Lunch 1:30 pm
Supply Chain Panel and Open Discussion Hewlett-Packard Representative (invited) Emad Youssef, Corporate VP of EHS & Facilities, DDI Corp. Michael Battaion, Corporate Director of Environmental Leadership, Flextronics 3:00 pm
Adjourn How will you benefit from attending?
This conference brings together leading executives and engineers from all different areas of the electronics supply chain. Not only will you have the opportunity to hear from knowledgeable speakers, but you will also have the chance to network and learn from your peers, customers and suppliers during the networking reception. If you are in any way responsible for making sure your organization is in compliance with environmental regulations, attend this conference and help your organization meet its goals. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Find more information about sponsorships or contact Alli Green or +1 847-597-2879. How to Register
Register online. For registration questions, please contact IPC registration at +1 847-597-2861 or e-mail The cost of the symposium is $450 for IPC members and $550 for nonmembers. Your registration fee includes admittance into the presentations and proceedings of the symposium, meeting materials, Wednesday and Thursday breakfasts and luncheons, refreshment breaks and a networking reception on Wednesday evening, February 4. Hotel Information
The IPC Symposium on Electronics and the Environment will be held at:
Wyndham San Jose
1350 N. First Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: +1 408-453-6200 Room Rate: $129.00 (U.S.)
In order to confirm a room at this discounted rate, please state that you are with IPC. The rate is available until Wednesday, January 21, 2009. After that date, the hotel will continue to accept reservations on a space-available basis and rooms will be charged at the current hotel rate. Attendees can make their reservation via the following methods:
Call the hotel direct at +1 408-453-6200
Toll free at 800 Wyndham
Online at and enter in the access code: 0203FSJIP


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