SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

IPC Membership Reaches Record Number

Jan 07, 2012

Standards Development, Advocacy and Member Service Keys to Growth

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® ended the year 2011 with 3,215 members, the greatest number of members ever achieved in the organization’s history. Members are companies from every level of the electronics supply chain: printed board manufacturers, electronics manufacturing services companies, original equipment manufacturers and industry suppliers. Geographically, two-thirds of members are located in North America, while others are spread evenly between Europe and Asia.

IPC membership in each geographic area is up from 2007, when the global economic crisis started. Neal Bender, IPC’s director of membership, attributes the gain in membership to the nonprofit association’s focus on member service. “We’ve been able to build membership in each region by serving the specific needs of those members,” says Bender. “For all of our industry segments, we’re doing more in terms of programs and services to meet member needs, so it’s been a win-win for all sectors. Every employee of a member facility can access IPC member services. It’s these hundreds of thousands of employees that use the programs and services for their companies’ benefit.”

Tony Hilvers, IPC’s vice president of industry programs, points to IPC’s extensive work on environment, health and safety initiatives over the past few years as one example of IPC doing more. “From fighting rosin and bromine restrictions internationally to working on U.S. securities and exchange conflict metals rules and export controls, IPC is working closely with our members to determine the best ways to address their challenges and to partner with them in getting real results.”

IPC Vice President of Standards and Technology Dave Torp says that the organization’s focus on critical standards remains in place. “IPC’s goals are to meet industry’s needs not only in new areas that are emerging, such as printed electronics, but also on IPC’s core competencies within the electronics industries. Technology continues to push the envelope of best practices and IPC standards need to be continuously updated to keep pace with the dynamics of the electronics industry. Keeping the world’s best engineers and technologists engaged and energized is a vital part of IPC’s future.” To support that effort, IPC has made major investments into a formal online standards development system to enable faster revision activity and more global participation.

A recent communications study conducted by a third-party consultant showed that 94 percent of IPC members surveyed agreed that IPC offers the most comprehensive and reliable information for electronics industry professionals. In addition, IPC was selected as the top industry resource for technical information to help individuals do their jobs.

Bender concludes, “It is gratifying to sign a company up for membership and to know that we are going to help them achieve their business and technology goals. I have worked with the very smallest companies on single-site membership and with the largest industry companies on corporate-wide memberships. We will work with any company who wants to contribute to enhancing and strengthening our industry.”


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,100 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.02 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

Apr 18, 2018 -

IPC Hand Soldering Competition Winner Crowned at Global Industrie/Midest 2018 in Paris

Apr 12, 2018 -

Don Dupriest Elected to Chair Top IPC Standards Leadership Committee

Apr 03, 2018 -

North American PCB Industry Rebound Continues IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for February 2018

Apr 02, 2018 -

IPC Pulse of the Electronics Industry Survey Shows Strong Business Outlook

Mar 26, 2018 -

IPC Global Assembly Equipment and Solder Statistical Programs Ope

Mar 22, 2018 -

IPC Urges Trump Administration to Take Measured Approach in Levying Higher Tariffs on Electronics from China

Mar 14, 2018 -

IPC Volunteers Honored for their Contributions to the Electronics Industry at IPC APEX EXPO 2018 More than 300 awards presented

Mar 14, 2018 -

IPC Issues Call for Participation for IPC APEX EXPO 2019

Mar 12, 2018 -

Yusaku Kono and Pierre-Emmanuel Goutorbe Receive IPC Rising Star Awards

Mar 08, 2018 -

Electronics Industry Succeeds at the Velocity of Technology at IPC APEX EXPO 2018

901 more news from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) »

Apr 19, 2018 -

ULT LLC cooperates with GulfTech

Apr 18, 2018 -

MicroCare Presents its Latest Advancements in Cleaning at SMT Hybrid Packaging

Apr 18, 2018 -

SMTA Europe's Harsh Environments Conference Session 6 to Focus on Automotive Electronics

Apr 18, 2018 -

IPC Hand Soldering Competition Winner Crowned at Global Industrie/Midest 2018 in Paris

Apr 18, 2018 -

Koh Young Presenting on 3D Technologies at SMTA Rocky Mountain Chapter Technical Session

Apr 17, 2018 -

International Conference for Electronics Enabling Technologies (ICEET) Program Finalized

Apr 17, 2018 -

Seika Announces Plans for Optimized Drying Units to be Incorporated into all McDry Cabinets

Apr 17, 2018 -

Libra Industries Sponsors SMTA Ohio Valley Membership Appreciation Golf Outing

Apr 17, 2018 -

Preview for AdoptSMT for SMT 2018, Stand A4-458 We keep your production running -

Apr 17, 2018 -

cost saving SMT laser cut stencil

See electronics manufacturing industry news »

IPC Membership Reaches Record Number news release has been viewed 807 times

PCB Cleaning

Reflow Oven