Tools for North American competitiveness
Apr 25, 2005
IPC offers IMS/PCB Executive Benchmarking Series
The North American interconnect manufacturing services/printed circuit board (IMS/PCB) industry is facing tremendous challenges. To help the PCB industry not only survive, but thrive in the marketplace, IPC has based the 2005 IMS/PCB Executive Benchmarking Series on tools to improve North American competitiveness.
Companies hosting the four-part series will offer unique solutions to problems that their companies have solved. These IMS/PCB companies have implemented changes to be successful and are willing to share their experiences with their peers.
"The topics for this new benchmarking series were not developed for the lowest common denominator. The series is designed for companies that want to be effective in the new marketplace," said Steve Robinson, President of Data Circuit Systems (a Merix Company) and a member of the IPC IMS/PCB Management Council Steering Committee. "It is only for executives who are willing to accept the new business playing field and the need to change in order to survive."
The executive benchmarking sessions include:
-- "Good to Great: Learning to Change Your Company with Changing Times," hosted by Eagle Circuits, Dallas, Texas, on June 28, 2005.
-- "Getting it to the Customer First: Implementing Lean Manufacturing in an IMS/PCB Organization," hosted by All Flex Circuits, Northfield, Minn., on August 16, 2005.
-- "How North American IMS/PCB Manufacturers Can Win on Technology," hosted by Hallmark Circuits, San Diego, Calif., on September 20, 2005.
-- "Developing Supply Chain Relationships That Make You Competitive," hosted by Data Circuit Systems (a Merix Company), San Jose, Calif., on November 15, 2005.
Participants must be senior executives of an IMS/PCB company to attend. The registration fee is $250.00 per session for IPC members and $300.00 per session for non-members. Space is limited to 20 attendees per session. For additional information on the 2005 IMS/PCB Executive Benchmarking Series, contact Susan Filz, IPC industry programs project manager at 847-597-2884 or SusanFilz@ipc.org.