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December 2015 • The PCB Magazine 57 I-Connect007: Why should someone join HKPCA? HKPCA: Our many benefits and professional ser- vices for our members include: • A quarterly journal that contains market outlook, technical articles, news and activities, and members' information • The HKPCA website, where members can find timely updates on market news, training programs, recruitment notices, recent activities, technical papers, executive committee details, etc. • Recreational activities (as mentioned earlier) • Monthly training course to equip PCB engineers with the latest technologies to enhance the advancement of the industry • Market news related to the global PCB industry and an annual market survey • Distributions of related policies of China and HKSAR governments • The annual HKPCA Show and participation in WECC members' meetings and exhibitions • Collection of information on environmental issues from members and representation of the industry to present its view to related government departments • Participation in IPC's Asia standards development activities and review technical papers For more information, visit the HKPCA website. I-Connect007 would like to thank the HKPCA for taking the time to respond to our questionnaire. PCB FeATure IN THEIR WORDS: HONG KONG PRINTED CIRCUIT ASSOCIATION (HKPCA) HKPCA and IPC Take PCB Industry Exhibition to a New Level By Stephen Las Marias I-cOnnect007 The International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair 2015 (HKPCA & IPC Show 2015) lived up to its theme "Global Event. Glob- al Vision." Featuring more than 500 global and local exhibitors showcasing an impressive num- ber of PCB equipment and supplies, the show— which expanded to three halls to provide a total of more than 50,000sqm floor space to house more than 2,500 booths—was said to be the largest ever in the event's history, and so far the biggest in the world for the PCB and electronics assembly industries in terms of square footage. Held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhi- bition Center from December 2 to December 4, this year's show featured new highlights, in- cluding the PCB Giga Conference, the Smart Automation Pavilion, the PCB Smart Automa- tion Development Showcase, and the Green Pavilion. The PCB Giga Conference saw global indus- try experts and leaders sharing their knowledge and insights on key developments and trends shaping the PCB industry, including automa- tion, energy consumption, and environmen- tal protection. The Smart Automation Pavilion and the PCB Smart Automation Development Showcase, meanwhile, presented the industry with the Industry 4.0 developments, and how automated equipment can improve production efficiency and reduce labor costs. The Green Pa- vilion offered the industry green solutions from waste management to environmental protec- tion and energy saving. "I was absolutely surprised at the energy, the interest and agenda," industry veteran Gene Weiner, president at Weiner & Associates Inc., comments. "This is the most energetic, active trade show in the industry that I've been to in the past three years. There's innovation in the chemical processing, innovation in robotics and automation; I think this industry will grow Show Review

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