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Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries reports that 3,600 attendees gathered in Anaheim, Calif., for IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 31 through April 2.
APEX attracted 7,200 total visitors (attendees and exhibitors) to the Anaheim Convention Center, which housed 393 booths covering more than 157,200 net sq ft of exhibit space. The APEX professional development courses welcomed 650 participants and 620 people attended the technical conference. Also, this year's event attracted the highest ever attendance for IPC's forum for EMS executives, with a total of 65 senior level managers.
Next year, IPC will co-locate APEX and IPC Printed Circuits Expo on February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The combined show floor will be the largest North American exhibition for the entire electronics industry.APEX has been organized by the IPC SMEMA Council in response to an industry need for a trade show that is cost-effective and fair for exhibitors, and highly focused on the products and technology of the electronics assembly industry. This approach, coupled with a premier conference program, organized by the industry, delivers the most attractive package to exhibition visitors. APEX features all segments of the electronics assembly industry, from bare boards to tested assemblies, and is the only show in North America that showcases machinery from every major pick-and-place equipment manufacturer. APEX has been named to Tradeshow Week magazine's top 200 tradeshows based on net square feet of exhibit space.
IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,400 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.