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IPC & Canon Agree: IPC Midwest Show Moves to Rosemont
Bannokburn, IL — Editor's note: We are re-running this important news item because a number of people in the industry were not aware of it when interviewed at IPC APEX.

After three years of separate shows in Rosemont and Schaumburg, IL, the IPC and Canon Communications have agreed to bring the IPC Midwest into the vast confines of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Right from the start, this change will save a lot of money and time and gas for exhibitors, attendees and members of the press.

Expected to be the largest event of its kind in the Midwest, Electronics Midwest will take place September 28-30, 2010, in Rosemont — very close to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The new event combines IPC's Midwest Conference & Exhibition, previously held in Schaumburg, and Canon's Electronics Midwest show, and is co-located with four other Canon manufacturing shows — Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Midwest, Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Assembly Technology Expo, and PLASTEC Midwest. These co-located events are expected to attract 1,500 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees.

As part of Electronics Midwest, a technical conference, professional development courses, and standards development meetings will be produced by IPC to run concurrently with the exhibition.

"We're extremely pleased to be a part of Electronics Midwest," said IPC President Denny McGuirk. "Although we're very distinct organizations, driven by different goals and with unique priorities, I am confident this new event will bring the synergies of the two organizations together to produce a strong Midwestern event for the conference attendees, exhibitors, and technical committee members." IPC will host a technical conference, professional development courses and standards development meetings that will run concurrently with the exhibition. IPC will produce and organize these activities while both IPC and Canon will aggressively promote them. It is highly likely that IPC will offer electronics assembly and printed board/packaging tracks as part of those technical and educational programs.

A key priority for IPC was to continue its trade show objective, "to create a fair, focused and cost-effective event." As a result, the collaboration agreement includes special exhibit pricing offered to IPC member companies. According to the IPC, booth rates for members will be discounted to approximately the same level they had been paying to exhibit at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel. However, there will be a nominal increase for some services, such as labor and material handling, but electrical services will be comparable to Schaumburg.

Charles McCurdy, CEO, Canon Communications, believes the new collaboration is a winner for both organizations and their audiences. "I believe Electronics Midwest will serve the electronics manufacturing industry well. Our two organizations bring their respective strengths — IPC as the premier global electronics trade association and Canon as the world's leading producer of advanced manufacturing trade events — to develop an unparalleled Midwest event for the electronics manufacturing industry." Electronics Midwest will be located in its own section of the exhibit hall on the upper level of the facility, Hall G — the same hall that had housed electronics manufacturing before the first IPC spinoff show in Schaumburg in 2007.

Contact: Tony Hilvers, IPC VP of industry programs 847-597-2837 E-mail: or Joshua Dome, Canon's sales director 310-996-9427 E-mail:

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