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Publication Date: 08/1/2007
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IPC Midwest Sellout, Hosts Conferences
Bannockburn, IL — IPC has announced that exhibition space for the inaugural IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition, September 26-28, 2007, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, is sold out. More than 110 exhibitors have contracted 25,000 net square feet to display the latest equipment, materials, and services for the printed circuit board and electronics assembly industries.

"Less than one year ago, we didn't even know this event would take place," said Denny McGuirk, IPC president, "so it is extremely rewarding to see this take shape and flourish so quickly." Crediting the many volunteer leaders and dedicated staff who have worked diligently to make it happen, McGuirk added, "it's what IPC is all about — understanding the needs of our members and mobilizing resources to deliver the information, expertise, standards development, and in this case, the conference and exhibition to meet those needs." In late 2006, at the request of the Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association (SMEMA), and with support of the IPC PCB Suppliers Council, the IPC Board of Directors unanimously approved the development of this new event.

In addition to the exhibition, IPC Midwest will host a conference with technical sessions and professional development courses, as well as the standards development committee meetings that help shape the future of the electronics manufacturing industry.

Gale Sayers, legendary Chicago Bear and NFL Hall of Famer, will be the keynote speaker, sharing secrets of his success beyond the football field in his business and technology careers. H, he'll leave the technical plays to the experts as they help attendees tackle critical issues facing the electronics interconnect industries. Over the span of three and a half days, an impressive lineup of professional development courses and technical sessions will help electronics assembly companies and PCB manufacturers in the Midwest stay at the top of their game.

Scheduled so that attendees can take full advantage of the educational opportunities and visiting the exhibition, the professional development courses are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25-26, as well as Friday, September 28. Offered in a combination of full-day and half-day courses, the curriculum covers the field of topics challenging the industry, such as specifying PCBs for lead-free assembly, solder joint reliability, design for manufacturability in a lead-free world, surviving in a lead-free world for the exempt, and promises and problems of lead-free implementation.

The technical conference begins the afternoon of Wednesday, September 26, and runs through the morning of Friday, September 28. The sessions comprise a series of half-hour presentations that offer intense rundowns of the issues from the unique perspectives of a team of speakers. Breaking information on lead-free reliability, copper dissolution, substrate technology, test and inspection, and other challenges will help attendees understand the options and foresee the obstacles of doing business in today's, and tomorrow's, environment.

"Our industry is highly competitive, fast paced, and like football, can be bruising to the company and its employees who are not watching what is happening on the field," said James Herring, president & CEO, Circuit Service Inc., and chairman of the IPC Board of Directors. "A company can be blind-sided by a change in the market, emerging technologies or new requirements and/or regulations. They need to be agile and constantly looking for open opportunities to make the big plays — and that's what IPC Midwest is all about — providing the information and opportunities that will help a company and its employees succeed."

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