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REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2021 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE I I-CONNECT007 97 4. IPC launches Thought Leaders Program During APEX EXPO, IPC announced the creation of its ought Leaders Program (TLP). Chaired by IPC Hall of Famer Mike Carano, the TLP will bring together experts inside and outside our industry who have insights to share on matters related to electron- ics manufacturing. Check out IPC's announce- ment to see who is in the TLP's inaugural class, and look soon for their content on everything from tech trends and trade to cybersecurity and market analysis. 5. Optimism and Anxiety as We Look Beyond COVID IPC Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac, in his APEX presentations, shared a positive out- look for the industry in 2021 and beyond. Vac- cines are promising to bring COVID infection rates down, and many countries are advancing recovery and aid packages that are having the intended effect: stimulating consumer demand and economic growth. Despite the optimism, anxiety remains on many fronts: geopoliti- cal tensions, parts shortages, shiing supply chains, inflation, uncertain manufacturing policies, and the likelihood of increased regu- latory demands in the U.S. and Europe. Visit to delve into Shawn's Monthly Economic Reports. e good news is that IPC, across many fronts, is bolstering its capabilities and resources to address the industry's needs in this dynamic global environment. Our best asset is and has always been you, our mem- bers. I encourage you to reach out to IPC to contribute your opinions and ideas, and to get involved in IPC's government relations pro- gram. A good place to start is ipc-advocacy. APEX EXPO has concluded, but you have a continuing opportunity to enjoy and learn from all the great content it generated. All of the sessions at APEX EXPO were recorded and are available to the registered and not-yet- registered for 90 days aer the show. On behalf of all of us at IPC, I invite you to check out this content to understand how the issues and chal- lenges discussed at APEX EXPO are guiding our efforts, from your shop floors to the halls of government across the planet. S&T Chris Mitchell is IPC vice president, global government relations.

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