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IPC Will Publish Electronics Industry History Book to Mark 50th Anniversary

Nov 23, 2005


Sandy Gentry, IPC Media Relations Manager

Tel. +847-597-2871



IPC Will Publish Electronics Industry History Book to Mark 50th Anniversary

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., November 23, 2005 � The world of electronics manufacturing has come a long way since the beginning of the printed wiring board (PWB) more than a half century ago. It�s a fascinating story, and IPC � the Association Connecting Electronics Industries� � wants to tell it. IPC plans to publish a history book in early 2007, to correspond with IPC�s 50th anniversary. Covering roughly 50 years of electronics manufacturing history, the book�s chronology also parallels that of the IPC, which was founded in 1957 when five PWB companies joined together to form the Institute for Printed Circuits. Although IPC was, for many years, primarily an association of PWB (and later PCB � printed circuit board) makers, the book will chronicle the history of all segments of the electronics manufacturing industry, including materials, components, assembly, and test � reflecting the diversity and scope of today�s electronics industries.

In making the announcement, Denny McGuirk, president of IPC said, �These past 50 years have been a time of rapid changes in electronics manufacturing technology. From inventors and entrepreneurs working alone to major technology breakthroughs by leading companies, trade organizations, and consortia, it�s a great and colorful story that has yet to be told in its entirety, and now we�re going to pay tribute to it. The history of IPC is woven into the fabric of our industry, and vice-versa.�

IPC has assigned the tasks of collecting information, writing, editing, and revising to Michael L. Martel of MMC, Inc. Martel is seeking input on the history book, particularly recollections and perspectives about milestones, notable developments, and such from persons within the industry. Contact Martel at,, or at 16 Birchwood Drive, Bristol, R.I., USA, Tel. + 401-254-1473, wireless +401-480-3433.

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About IPC

IPC is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,200 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. 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 a $40 billion U.S. industry employing more than 350,000 people. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai, China. For more information, visit

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