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148 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE 9. Substrates: Last November, IPC released a data-rich report on advanced packaging. e biggest takeaway from the report was the need for the U.S. to build IC substate capabilities and capacities, both to meet U.S. national security needs but also to accommodate increased domestic production of chips. So, it was exciting to speak to a handful of companies at APEX EXPO that are actively working to build new substrate manufacturing capabilities. One company, in fact, had an IC substrate in hand—fresh from the factory floor just two weeks ago. e progress that compa- nies are making affirms just how dynamic and future-oriented our industry is. 10. Clumpy and Kloumpios Return: And finally, Clumpy and Kloumpios made their own return to APEX EXPO. Clad in red stock- ing caps with bushy pompoms, these bearded backpackers are accustomed to all manner of travel and all sorts of adventures. ey've raised their public profile in recent years, but knowledge of their history is the privilege of a few IPC diehards. Want to join this secret soci- ety? Start by tracking this motley duo's travels on Instagram at @clumpyandkloumpios. anks to the IPC staff and volunteers that made this year's IPC APEX EXPO a big success. See you in 2023 if not sooner. S&T Chris Mitchell is vice president, IPC global government relations, and an I-Connect007 columnist. To read past columns, or contact Mitchell, click here. Presenter: Gustaf Mårtensson, Ph.D., Expert Complex Fluids, Mycronic What is the most interesting question that your IPC APEX EXPO presenta- tion answers? Can a change from rigid to stretchable design of electronic sys- tems have an effect on the ecological impact of their production? What is your answer to that question, and why? Yes, since the change in the manufacturing process and production materials carry with it a significantly lower ecological impact. What is the most important piece of advice that you have for your audi- ence? Initiate a life cycle analysis of your product design or manufacturing process to understand where the sus- tainability impact affects you or your customer. IPC APEX EXPO: Conference Speakers Speak Out A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Stretchable and Rigid Electronics

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