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2 January 2017

Experience Technology’s Turning Point Through IPC APEX EXPO 2017
Free Networking Opportunities
IPC APEX EXPO 2017 attendees can network with industry colleagues, make new connections, and interact with more than 450 exhibitors in one place at one time at the San Diego Convention Center, February 14–16.
From the exhibit floor to the classroom and everywhere in between, including the International Reception, (by invitation); First-Timers’ Welcome Breakfast; ribbon cutting ceremony; show floor reception; Women in Electronics Networking Breakfast, awards luncheons, and more, attendees can experience technology’s turning point.
Among the highly anticipated special events is a free opening keynote by actress and neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik. On Tuesday, February 14, Bialik will present, “The Big Bang Theory: Making Science Cool (& Funny)” and will discuss how the show, “The Big Bang Theory” has helped to break down perceived science “barriers” to make it cool and fun. On Wednesday, February 15, Mary (Missy) Cummings, Ph.D., Naval officer, military pilot and Duke University professor, will present “The Future of Drones,” sharing her research on human-unmanned vehicle interaction and the ethical and social impact of drone technology.
New in 2017, IPC Fireside Chats will offer attendees the opportunity to voice their opinion of the direction of IPC. In addition, IPC staff will share expert insight on topics ranging from recruiting and retaining employees to finding the right partner for PCB design.
In addition, tackling the hot topics that have the electronics industry buzzing, nine free Buzz sessions will be offered. The industry’s top technical experts will cover hot industry trends and issues including defining Industry 4.0, printed electronics, working with policy makers, supply chain traceability, REACH regulation, and more.
“The special events at the show add tremendous value for attendees,” says Alicia Balonek, IPC senior director of trade shows and events. “Most of the events are free with advance registration — whether you register in advance for complimentary exhibit hall admission or sign up for our most comprehensive educational package, the All-Access Package. IPC APEX EXPO 2017 will provide attendees unparalleled access to an extensive network of industry innovators and a multitude of opportunities to connect with them.”
Attendees who register for IPC APEX EXPO by January 12, will save 20 percent off registration fees. In addition, attendees who register for the All-Access Package will receive a significant percentage off a la carte options. Details, including registration options and a full program schedule are available at www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org.
C Study on North American PCB Industry Reports Growth in Military/Aerospace Market
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) for military and aerospace applications remain the largest vertical market segment for PCB manufacturers in North America, representing about one-third of the market. And it is the only vertical market segment expected to grow in 2016 as a share of the North American market, according to IPC’s 2016 Analysis and Forecast for the North American PCB Industry.
Other key findings include segmented market data showing that flexible circuit market growth has continued to outpace rigid PCB growth by a wide margin, but the negative growth rates seen in recent years in the rigid PCB market steadily diminished and growth turned positive in 2015. Estimated PCB production in North America declined 4.3 percent from 2014 to 2015, while estimated market growth was virtually flat, increasing just 0.4 percent.
The annual survey-based study provides a comprehensive overview of the market and business of PCB manufacturing in North America. It contains current data and analysis covering rigid PCBs and flexible circuits separately, including market and production growth, production and sales by product categories, prototype production, vertical markets and use of special technologies such as RF and embedded components. It also reports key financial and operational metrics including revenue per employee, capacity utilization, inventory turns and lead times. Forecasts of PCB production in the Americas and the world through 2017 from Dr. Hayao Nakahara, a leading industry analyst and consultant to the PCB industry, are included in the report.
The findings within the report result from data contributed by the companies that participated in IPC’s North American PCB Statistical Program in 2015 and year-end survey. Statistical program participants represent an estimated 51 percent of the North American PCB market.
The 57-page, downloadable report is available to IPC members for $450 and to nonmembers for $900. Participants in the year-end survey received a complimentary copy of the report. For more information or to purchase the 2016 Analysis and Forecast for the North American PCB Industry, visit www.ipc.org/PCB-Study-2016

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