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Recapping IPC APEX EXPO 2019

Feb. 13, 2019
This year's event attracted 9,796 total visitors, including attendees and exhibitor personnel.
BANNOCKBURN, IL—From revolutionary advancements to expert insights, IPC APEX EXPO 2019 provided education, Buzz sessions, professional development courses and connections fostered in the technical conference, enabling 5,292 attendees from 56 countries to prepare for the future. The 440 exhibitors welcomed a busy three days of business development and qualified sales leads on 150,400 net square feet of show floor space at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC APEX EXPO attracted 9,796 total visitors, including attendees and exhibitor personnel.

In keeping with the event’s theme, “Technology’s Future Comes Together,” IPC APEX EXPO 2019 featured nearly 75 technical papers detailing original research and innovations from industry experts around the world. With programs grounded in and driven by real-world application, attendees had access to new research on materials and processes, opportunities to learn more about trending materials, applications and processes such as printed electronics, Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, product miniaturization and e-textiles.

IPC APEX EXPO’s full- and half-day professional development courses blended traditional electronics industry topics with hot new developments, delivered by corporate technologists, consultants, training center staff and university faculty. Attendees chose from an array of leading topics such as: PCB fabrication, SMT and through hole defect analysis, electronics reliability, design for manufacturing best practices, soldering challenges, and more.

With a focus on developing important standards, IPC committee members joined to discuss, revise, and improve documents that will be used to create quality products. “I recently took on a role as my company's IPC/ESD champion, so the committee meetings were a great place to network with industry experts. I was also able to gain more in-depth knowledge on IPC standards and standards development processes, such as what direction technology and standards are heading,” said Rodney Doss, global IPC/ESD coordinator, Samtec, Inc.

Many attendees indicate that IPC APEX EXPO influences their buying decisions throughout the year, which is an important factor for the show exhibitors. “IPC APEX EXPO is an anchor show that brings the entire electronics industry supply chain together. Networking on the show floor allows you to maintain and strengthen old relationships and to prepare for the innovations of the future,” said Simon Fried, president, Nano Dimension USA.

Gregg Elliott, president and CEO of Seacole agrees, “IPC APEX EXPO is the premier networking event for the printed electronics industry. Whether you come to buy, learn or connect, this is the place to be.”

In 2020, IPC APEX EXPO will return to the San Diego Convention Center, Feb. 1-6. Industry researchers, engineers, and academics are invited to submit an abstract for consideration in next year’s technical conference or professional development courses in the online Call for Participation at www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org/cfp.

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