IPC APEX Expo 2017, the largest technical exhibition show in North America, was a successful five-day event for the electronic industry. This year, the conference and exhibition portion of the show took place at the San Diego Convention Center in February 2017. The theme was technology’s turning point and for those who had the opportunity to attend this event, they were able to experience this memorable moment in the industry. According to John Mitchel, IPC President and CEO, “This is a place where industry professional come together in order to turn inspiration into innovation”.
Every year, professionals from the printed circuit board and electronics manufacturing industry come together from all around the world. 4,169 attendees from 39 countries came to the show while 449 exhibitors occupied 149,600 square feet of show space. Some of the exhibitors that took part of this year’s show included:
- ASM Assembly Systems
- ASSCON Vapor Phase Technology
- ASYS Group Americas Inc.
- CheckSum, LLC
- CyberOptics Corporation
- Fuji American Corporation
- Henkel Electronic Materials, LLC
- Indium Corporation
- ITW Electronic Assembly Equipment
- Kic Thermal
- Koh Young Technology Inc.
- Nordson ASYMTEK
- MicroCare Corporation
- SAKI America
- Viscom, Inc.
- Yamaha Motor Europe
This event not only educated attendees with 9 buzz sessions, 36 technical conferences, and 34 professional development courses, but it also created networking opportunities with vendors and potential clients. The industry’s experts covered various topics, including Industry 4.0, adapting to flexibility, supply chain traceability, and much more. The professional development courses addressed all different subjects, including assembly processes, cleaning and coating, design, quality and test, and PCB fabrication. Keynote speakers were also a highlight this year, as Mayzim Bialik (actress and author) and Mary (Missy) Cumming (military pilot and Duke University professor) gave inspirational presentations about the future of science and technology. This year also marked IPC’s 60th anniversary. Joseph O’Neil, first-time Board Chairman of IPC, was excited to be part of this event and said, “Attendees this year will be inspired to take ideas they encounter onsite and turn them into real-world solutions and business opportunities.”
The next IPC APEX Expo will once again take place at the San Diego Convention Center on February 27 to March 1, 2018.
SMT Hybrid Packaging, Booth 4-400