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Publication Date: 10/1/2008
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IPC Midwest Proves Quality Is Key
Bannockburn, IL — From the highly productive standards development committee meetings, to the eye-opening technical sessions, to the business conducted on the exhibition floor, IPC Midwest proved once again the value of a focused show for the printed board and electronics assembly industries. Now that IPC Midwest has completed its second time around, the results were very positive, according to the IPC.
"It's the best trade show I've ever been to," said Alan Cable, president of Ace Production Technologies, Spokane Valley, Washington. "The show focus was specifically on board assembly and it's certainly not a circus, like other, previous shows we would attend. We sold a couple of machines right off the floor and I credit the venue for our success ... this is a beautiful facility, it's easily accessible and the parking is free. The show attendees were decision makers and the lead quality was superb."
David Buhrkuhl, president of SPEA America, Tyler, Texas, was also pleased with the focused show, "This event produced quality (attendees) over quantity, allowing for more personal one-on-one dialogue with my customers and potential customers. That's what I want from a show."
Tom Forsythe, vice president of sales for Kyzen Corp., Nashville, Tennessee, was also glad for the type of attendees IPC Midwest attracted. "IPC Midwest was simply terrific this year. There were outstanding standards development committee meetings, and those industry leaders spent quality time on the exhibit floor along with visitors from throughout the Midwest. Well done IPC."
Beyond the show floor, hundreds of industry leaders participated in more than 80 IPC standards development meetings. "The impact of the work of these committees on our industry is tremendous," commented Denny McGuirk, IPC president, at one of two luncheons recognizing the distinguished service of committee members.
The technical conference and professional development courses were also well attended, but perhaps none so well as those on the environmental initiatives impacting the electronic interconnect industry. "As companies realize that they are in fact impacted by the reach of REACH, they have many questions and many concerns," said Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy. "Our environmental sessions at IPC Midwest are an example of programs IPC has initiated to help clarify the implications of REACH to all segments of the electronics industry. We're taking a proactive approach to help our members prepare for REACH, as well as other environmental initiatives." As one attendee put it, "I'm thankful for the quality of information I received — but even more so for having IPC watching out for us."
Total verified attendees for the show was 1301, an increase over last year. IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition will return to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in 2009. The meetings and courses will be held September 20-24. The conference and exhibition will be held September 23-24, 2009.
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