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IPC Day Mexico Highlights Aeronautics IndustryDecember 5, 2023 | Robert Erickson and Lorena Villanueva, IPC
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About 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Mexico City lies Queretaro, an area rich in history, with stone streets and public squares, and which twice has been the country’s capital. But it’s also quickly becoming a global capital of electronics manufacturing, especially aeronautics, and was the location for the first IPC Day Mexico this past June.
IPC Day is a one-day event where IPC works with local partners to bring together members of the electronics industry from key centers in the countries where IPC operates, to discuss topics of interest around electronics manufacturing and assembly. Events of this nature are a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about IPC's global initiatives for the benefit of the electronics industry, as well as the achievements and progress that IPC members are making to promote the region.
The first IPC Day Mexico was co-hosted by IPC and the Queretaro Aerocluster, and was attended by representatives from more than 15 different companies and organizations in the local aeronautics industry.
During the event at Queretaro Aerocluster’s facility, adjacent to the Queretaro International Airport, attendees learned about IPC globally and in the Mexico region, more about IPC's workforce training programs, and were able to network and share their experiences in the industry. The three keynote speakers discussed workforce training for electronics assembly and wire harness production, the Queretaro Aerocluster program to train students at the Aeronautical University of Queretaro (UNAQ), and trends in electronics manufacturing’s "near-shoring," from Asia to Mexico.
Learn more about this innovative event in the fall 2023 issue of IPC Community.
When high school students face an upcoming test, they may experience a mix of dread and excitement, depending on the source material and how well they’ve prepared. Similarly, professionals sitting for a certification exam to test their knowledge of IPC standards may feel a whirlwind of emotions. However, these aren't just any exams; they’re meant for operators, engineers, and managers building the critical infrastructure of our world’s most essential electronics systems.
On the cusp of another IPC APEX EXPO, we focus on how bare board fabricators can maximize their time and investment at the show. We visited with Matt Kelly, IPC chief technologist, and Julia Gumminger, IPC professional development and events manager, as well as Udo Welzel and Stanton Rak, the chairs of the technical program committee, to discuss the technical depth and breadth that the 2024 show will bring to fabricators and professionals all along the supply chain.
Each quarter, IPC releases a list of standards that are new or have been updated. To view a complete list of newly published standards and standards revisions, translations, proposed standards for ballot, final drafts for industry review, working drafts, and project approvals, visit ipc.org/status.
IPC’s efforts in government relations and advocacy have been pivotal in getting legislation like the CHIPS Act passed. In February, IPC President and CEO Dr. John W. Mitchell was back in Washington, D.C., representing our industry in a meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he discussed workforce issues in our industry and how to ensure that our businesses have the workforce they need. In this audio interview, he reviews his concerns and solutions on workforce development.
Like any great tech industry event, IPC APEX EXPO pushes us out of our busy 24/7 manufacturing bubbles. It forces us to pay attention to things that are important but not always present in our day-to-day lives. But there is so much to see and do. This issue of PCB007 Magazine previews many of the important events taking place at the show this year and highlights some changes and opportunities. Let us help you map out your show plan. This issue is focused on the PCB fabricator’s show experience and how you can get the most from your valuable time and investment in attending the show. So, buckle up. We are counting down to IPC APEX EXPO 2024.