IPC's Spring TMRC Conference: The Must See (or Not See) Event of 2003

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Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released the agenda for the 2003 Spring Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place Tuesday, May 6.

This year, IPC has redesigned the format of the conference, allowing participants to either attend in person at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Ill., or call-in to the meeting.

Those who physically attend the 2003 Spring TMRC Conference will be able to develop new business contacts, renew existing business relationships and discuss industry topics in a more relaxed setting through a networking breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and again at a networking luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Those who attend by teleconference will be able to download the presentations and listen from 10 a.m. to noon., Central Standard Time (CST) and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., CST.

J. Keith Dunne, managing director and research analyst at RBC Capital Markets, will open the one-day event with "Industry Maturation Reveals Sound Business Models." Dunne, named an All-Star Analyst for stock picking in 2001 by the Wall Street Journal, will draw from his 20 years of experience in financial analysis to discuss the key differences between vertical and virtual business models for the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and interconnect manufacturing services/printed circuit board (IMS/PCB) sectors.

Next, Walt Custer, president of Custer Consulting Group, will provide a fact-based, micro look at the industry in his presentation, "Business Outlook: Global Electronics Industry." Custer is an industry analyst focused on the printed circuit fabrication and assembly industries and a frequent lecturer at IPC events. Custer has been vice chairman of the TMRC Steering Committee, chairman of the IPC Printed Circuits Expo Trade Show Subcommittee and recipient of an IPC President's Award.

Following lunch, Kenton Alder, TTM Technologies president and CEO, and Stacey Peterson, CFO and secretary at TTM Technologies, will resume the meeting with a dual perspective on the future of the IMS/PCB industry. Prior to his current tenure at TTM Technologies, Alder served as vice president of Tyco Printed Circuit Group Inc., president and CEO of ElectroStar Inc., and president of Lundahl Astro Circuits Inc. Peterson held various high-level positions at Atlantic Richfield Co. before joining TTM Technologies in February 2000.

Roy A. Bauer, Pemstar Inc.'s executive vice president, North American Operations, will then concentrate on the EMS industry and share his vision for the future in his presentation, "Contract Manufacturing: Where Do We Go from Here?" Prior to joining Pemstar, Bauer was employed by IBM for 24 years in manufacturing engineering, operations management and quality management.

Finally, Lawrence A. Wiklund, Intel Corp.'s director of components and systems materials operation, will wrap-up the event with his perspective on "Changes in Material Management."

IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,300 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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