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It's Only Common Sense: Hopes for the New IPC Director
Monday, February 13, 2012 | Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group


  • I hope that this new director will take to heart her position of leadership and embrace the owners of those smaller circuit board companies. She should work to help unify them and bring them together in a mass branding effort that will let the world know that the circuit board industry started right here in North America and that the development of new technologies in our industry should continue here with a certain amount protection of that IP. I hope we will no longer let our large multi-national customers take our technology offshore to be copied by our foreign competitors so they can take this knowledge, combine it with their cheap labor, and eat our lunch.
  • I hope that the new director understands that this was once an organization created for circuit board manufacturers, not contract manufacturers. I hope that, despite the power and size of those CMs, his loyalty is still with us, the board builders.
  • And, finally, I hope that this new director will create an atmosphere of cooperation with the circuit board companies so that they will feel comfortable working together so that they will have confidence again in the IPC to the point where they feel that they actually have a say in their future and their destiny. That these company owners will come to view IPC as their organization again and that their rights are being protected and their interests are being looked after.

It is also time for the IPC to understand that it is truly a North American organization bought and paid for by North American companies, that their specs other documents were written and produced by professionals from North American companies, their time and travel paid for by their companies and not IPC’s to sell to our competition in other lands. IPC belongs here, that it belongs to us. It is a Western entity, not a global entity, and it has no business selling the specs, manuals and technical documents--developed and paid for by us--to offshore companies.

I hope that the first thing this new director does is to visit circuit board shops in all parts of North America; not just the obvious giants, but the smaller ones--those that are truly the backbone of our industry. I hope this new director will take the time to visit with them, talk with them, discover their needs, concerns and challenges, and learn from them how IPC can evolve into the vibrant, passionate, and crucial organization that it must be, if it is to lead in the rebirth of the North American PCB industry.

This is my hope.

It’s only common sense.


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