LONDON An event billed as the electronics industry's only global opportunity for discussing obsolescence and maintainability issues including counterfeiting, is the be held in the U.K. at the end of June.
The U.K. Component Obsolescence Group's (COG) 6th International COG Conference, 'Obsolescence and Maintainability Challenges in the 21st Century', will be held on Jun 29 to July 1, 2009 at St John's College, Cambridge.
The event combines a two-day conference and exhibition with a one-day workshop and a gala dinner. Delegates from North America, Europe and Asia are expected to attend, representing every stage of the supply chain across a range of industry sectors.
“Significantly shorter component lifecycles, the growing threat from counterfeiting and legislation such as REACH and RoHS, as well as the impact of the global downturn, means that obsolescence is a real and everyday threat for companies within every sector,” said Ian Blackman, CEO of the Component Obsolescence Group.
The three-day event will begin with a workshop on 'Managing Obsolescence in Legacy Equipment' followed by an evening reception for delegates.
Two days of presentations will provide in-depth analysis of a range of topical obsolescence issues, including counterfeiting, from leading industry figures in the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors as well as from Government organisations: the Ministry of Defence, UKEA, and IECQ.
Ian Woodall, double Everest summit climber and four-times Everest expedition leader, is the guest speaker for the gala dinner.
The Component Obsolescence Group (COG) has member groups in the U.K., Germany and Italy with more groups planned throughout Europe.
Details for exhibitors, or delegates to the workshop or conference, are available on: www.cog.org.uk.
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