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54 SMT Magazine • March 2014 Show preview This year, the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Con- vention Center is the site for the industry's pre- mier event, with 430 exhibitors from more than 50 countries. Featuring advanced and emerg- ing technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics, APEX is a great place to find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world. Plenty of free offerings are on hand—follow these links for a complete online show brochure or event schedule. Here are a few highlights of what attendees may expect include: • 430 exhibitors showing equipment, materials and services for printed boards and electronics manufacturing—plus printed elec- tronics! There›s no better place to see and com - pare. • The largest technical conference for our industry in the world. Highly selective, the conference presents new research and innovations from experts in the fields of electronics assembly, test and board fabrication and design. • FREE! Industry poster sessions—Catch up on the latest research and meet the authors. • Professional development courses provide comprehensive updates on pressing industry concerns. • Standards development meetings that help shape the future of our industry. • IPC International Hand Soldering Grand Championship—Compete in or watch the ex - citement on the show floor. • Other happenings on the show floor in- clude the Show Floor Welcome Reception on Tuesday and a display of cutting-edge products and services in the New Product Corridor. There are also plenty of informational resources at the IPC Bookstore. • Networking opportunities including an International Reception, First-Timers' Welcome, IPC Tech Talk, Women in Electronics Networking Meeting, and IPC Government Relations Com - mittee Open Forum allow attendees to meet colleagues, get updates on key issues and share ideas. To register to attend IPC APEX EXPO 2014, click here. For an inside look at the show and in-depth interviews with industry insiders directly from the show floor, be sure to visit I-Connect007's Real Time With… site during the show. We're the only publication posting interviews and events in real time!

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