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Editor Edy Yu recently spoke with Daniel Chan, executive director of the Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA). Chan possesses more than 25 years of experience in global 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 integrated supply chain management, quality assurance management, manufacturing and process engineering development and integrated product development. In this interview, Chan discusses the highlights of this year’s International 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 industry with a premium platform for technology exchange as well as leading industry development.
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 Center. 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 innovative 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, Taiyo Ink, Uyemura, Leadtech, Ishihara, NR G&C, MEC, Taesung, and GCE.
This year, the Smart Automation Pavilion will feature enriched content to help the industry progress towards higher productivity and more intelligent production. We are also bringing 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. Visitors will be able to observe the highest levels of hand-soldering craftsmanship at the event.
To read the full version of this article which appeared in the November 2016 issue of The PCB Magazine, click here.