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Helen Guo, member services director at IPC Greater China, discusses IPC’s activities and initiatives in China, such as standards development and promotion. She also discusses the upcoming International Printed Circuit and APEX South China Fair 2016, co-organized by HKPCA and IPC this year, which will feature the hand-soldering competition world championship for the first time in China.
Edy Yu: You have been hosting this show in China for many years. What's the purpose, and what has been achieved so far?
Helen Guo: IPC’s mission is to help our members achieve financial success and strengthen their competitive advantages. One of the ways we do this is by co-organizing this show to build a platform for industries to communicate, learn from each other, promote innovation, and facilitate cooperation.
After 15 years, the HKPCA & IPC Show has transcended its regional status and now attracts industry leaders and participants worldwide, becoming one of the most influential trade shows of its kind in the PCB and electronics assembly market. The event offers a premium platform for sourcing and technology exchange.
Yu: Smart manufacturing is on everyone’s mind. How will they cover this topic?
Guo: Industry 4.0 and Made in China 2025 are among the hottest issues in the industry. This year, the Smart Automation Pavilion will return with enriched content, bringing more innovative equipment, technologies and effective solutions that will help the industry move to more intelligent production and reduce labor cost. Profit maximization and freeing labor forces for more creative work are driving industry changes right now. Intelligent manufacturing is going well in many industries, including the PCB and EMS sectors.
Yu: Please tell us about IPC’s specifications promotion and development in China.
Guo: IPC specifications are evolving, with dozens of appropriate specifications being published each year. In technical, industrial and social development aspects, IPC is working very hard to develop new specifications, including revision updates. We have many of these specifications, such as the 1401 CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) specification, and the 2581 series specifications (data transmission between automatic manufacturing and cooperation upstream and downstream). In addition, we are developing a press mounting specification in accordance with automotive requirements.
Yu: What’s new at this year’s hand-soldering competition?
Guo: The hand-soldering competition is one of our hit programs at the show, and it enables visitors to check out the outstanding soldering craftsmanship going on in the industry. This year, we are bringing the Hand Soldering Competition World Championship from the United States. It is the first time for this world championship to be staged in China, with champions from China, Germany, the United States, South Korea and Japan under one roof. We believe the three-day competition will see the highest levels of hand soldering craftsmanship anywhere.
To read this entire article, which appeared in the November 2016 issue of SMT Magazine, click here.