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76 The PCB Magazine • November 2016 HKPCA & IPC SHOW PREVIEW by Edy Yu I-CONNECT007 Editor Edy Yu recently spoke with Daniel Chan, executive director of the Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA). Chan pos- sesses more than 25 years of experience in glob- al business management with strong leadership influencing suppliers and internal clients in business strategy and transformation. Prior to HKPCA, Chan had worked in IBM as the Global PCB Commodity Chairman, in the area of in- tegrated supply chain management, quality as- surance management, manufacturing and pro- cess engineering development and integrated product development. In this interview, Chan discusses the highlights of this year's Interna- tional Printed Circuit and APEX South China Fair 2016, and he provides his insights on the current PCB technology and manufacturing landscape in China. Edy Yu: What should we expect this year at the HKPCA & IPC Show? Daniel Chan: The HKPCA & IPC Show is one of the most influential trade shows in the PCB and electronics assembly markets. It provides the in- dustry with a premium platform for technology exchange as well as leading industry develop- ment. This year's show theme is "Global Wisdom Shaping the Future," and is expected to attract close to 550 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions showcasing their latest innovations in more than 2,500 booths at Halls 1, 2 and 4 of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Cen- ter. Our exhibition area now covers more than 50,000 square meters. Of the 550 exhibitors, 100 of them are new to the show. We are also launching a new Japan/Korea Pavilion this year in Halls 1 and 2. This will group together the leading industry players from Japan and South Korea, bringing innova- tive equipment and technologies from these two countries to the show. As of September, it had attracted close to 30 exhibitors from Japan and South Korea, including JCU, Tsunoda, Tai- yo Ink, Uyemura, Leadtech, Ishihara, NR G&C, MEC, Taesung, and GCE. This year, the Smart Automation Pavilion will feature enriched content to help the indus- try progress towards higher productivity and more intelligent production. We are also bring- ing the Hand-Soldering Competition World Championship to the show, which will be its first time in China. Champions from China, Germany, the United States, South Korea and Japan will compete for the world title. Visi- tors will be able to observe the highest levels of hand-soldering craftsmanship at the event. Other concurrent activities include the In- ternational Technical Conference, which will feature a variety of topics designed to bring you up to date on the latest technical and market trends in the industry. Meanwhile, the HKPCA's Daniel Chan on China's PCB Manufacturing and Technology Landscape

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