IPC's Spring TMRC Conference to Focus on Disruptive Technologies

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Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries' Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) will sponsor IPC's Spring Conference on May 13 through 14, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency in the harbor area of Baltimore, Md., immediately following IPC's Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C.

The conference, titled "Opportunities in Disruptive Technologies for the Electronic Interconnection Industry," will provide printed circuit board (PCB) fabricators, electronics assembly companies, and their customers and suppliers with insights into disruptive technologies that will have a major impact on their businesses. Disruptive technologies are those big breakthroughs that create new opportunities and even entire industries for companies with the vision to plan for them.

Author and technology consultant Jack Shaw will set the stage with a keynote address on the impact of technological change on businesses. Shaw will outline ways companies can plan for and manage that change in order to realize unprecedented business growth.

The conference also will cover the impact of lead-free requirements on laminate and PCB materials, PCB fabrication and electronics assembly. As lead-free products and manufacturing processes now are required for the European market, the speakers will help manufacturers understand the immediate implications for their businesses.

In addition, non-traditional interconnect technologies will be explored, including new flexible circuit technologies, chip-to-chip communications and ink-jet printing.

Josh Wolfe, publisher of Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, will deliver the first in a series of presentations on nanotechnology and its expected impact on industry.

Finally, the conference will feature market conditions in the industry, presented by Walt Custer of Custer Consulting, and a Wall Street perspective on the industry by Shawn Severson, Raymond James & Associates.

The TMRC is a council within IPC that brings together business and technical leaders of the electronic interconnection industry worldwide. The TMRC sponsors two conferences and conducts market research studies for the benefit of member companies.

IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,200 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. For more information, visit www.ipc.org.



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