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VOLUME -24 NUMBER 3
Publication Date: 03/1/2009
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Green Initiatives on Agenda for IPC APEX
Bannockburn, IL — IPC APEX EXPO, March 29 - April 2 in Las Vegas, will host a free forum and a number of environmental conference sessions and standards meetings, providing information on regulations, compliance and solutions. There has been a seemingly endless battery of changes on the electronics environmental front. In just the last few months, a revision of RoHS was proposed by the European Commission, California passed and signed Green Chemistry legislation, and the European Chemical Agency has recommended seven substances for inclusion in Annex XIV under REACH. The special conference sessions are designed to help electronics companies prepare for the next round of environment regulations and green initiatives.
On Tuesday, March 31, leaders around the world will participate in standards development committee meetings with full agendas on environmental issues immediately impacting the electronics industry. Key discussions will include revisions to the RoHS Directive, how the electronics supply chain is coping with REACH, EPA hazardous waste deregulation, implications for cost savings and compliance with global climate change regulations being developed in California and elsewhere, materials and process chemicals declaration, and a review of the draft of IPC-J-STD-709 on low-halogen electronics. Individuals from companies in the electronics interconnect industry are welcome to attend as active contributors or just to listen in. For more information on the work of these groups, visit
On March 31 - April 2, a number of technical conference sessions will be held presenting papers on environmental regulations and compliance, and the effects of compliance on the manufacturing process. These include a business session (S03) on solutions to challenges posed by RoHS and REACH, as well as the latest on how to use cost-effective inspection in electronic assembly; a "view from the trenches" of RoHS and the serious business of choosing a reliable testing laboratory (S27); and a session on printed boards and the environment (S32) that covers design for low-halogen green electronics, the environmental impact of liquid photo resist and solder mask processing, and challenges in implementing a halogen-free process.
As an added bonus, a free forum, Environmental Laws and Regulations 2009: A Supply Chain Perspective, with a panel of EHS leaders from top PCB, EMS, and OEM electronics companies, will be held April 1. Panelists will bring to light how laws and regulations are not the only forces that impact a business — meeting customers' expectations and requirements may present just as much of a challenge.
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