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PCB East 2003 Announces Final Conference and Exhibition Program

Jul 10, 2003

ATLANTA, GA, July 8, 2003�UP Media Group Inc. (UPMG) today announced the final schedule of events for the eighth annual PCB Design Conference East (PCB East), the premier East Coast conference and exhibition for PCB engineering, design and manufacture professionals. PCB East 2003 will be held October 20-24, 2003, in the heart of the Massachusetts technology corridor at the Holiday Inn Boxborough Woods in Boxborough, MA.

�PCB East 2003 provides attendees and exhibitors alike with an unparalleled venue for enjoying a weeklong meeting of minds and technology. When attendees participate in classroom discussions, show floor presentations, networking events and vendor-sponsored activities, they learn about technologies and techniques that they can take back to their employer and share with their coworkers,� said UPMG President Pete Waddell. �It�s a win-win situation for attendees, their companies, and exhibitors alike.�

�It�s been a tough year for the electronics industry and UPMG is responding. This year�s professional development and conference program boasts a terrific selection of educational opportunities, and over two-thirds of the courses offered are new to PCB East. But the big news is that we�ve lowered the cost of conference tuition by up to 30 percent to make PCB East even more affordable for attendees and companies on a tight budget,� Waddell said. �In addition to reduced pricing, I�m also pleased to announce that we�ve added a new low-cost conference package, the Lecture and Workshop Package, which is one of the best bargains we�ve ever offered at a PCB Design Conference.�

PCB East 2003 Final Conference Program

PCB East 2003 features a five-day conference program that will provide attendees with an assortment of professional development and technical conference courses, a keynote address, special networking events, and a two-day exhibition. The PCB East three-day Technical Conference (Tues. � Thurs., Oct. 21-23) includes 18 short courses�12 of them brand new to PCB Design Conference East. The Technical Conference is bracketed by Professional Development courses: five full-day tutorials and two two-day Design Excellence Curriculum (DEC) courses that award certificates to attendees.

The Keynote Address will kick-off the Technical Conference on Tues., Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. This year�s keynote speaker is Dan Shea, senior vice president and group general manager of Celestica, who will speak on �Outsourced Design Services and Virtual Manufacturing.� The two-day exhibition will begin immediately following the keynote (Tues., Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.). The hours of the two-day exhibition are: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. � 7 p.m. and Oct. 22, 10 a.m. � 3:30 p.m. Two must-attend special events will take place back-to-back on Tues., Oct. 21: the Opening Night Reception (5:30 � 7 p.m. on the show floor) and the Blues jam Networking Party (7 � 10:30 p.m.). Both provide key networking opportunities to PCB East attendees and exhibitors.

The complete PCB East 2003 conference brochure, which provides detailed information about this year�s courses and the special events mentioned in this release, is available for free download as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF at http://www.pcbeast.com.

About UP Media Group Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, UP Media Group (UPMG) is a privately held company that specializes in magazine publishing and trade show and conference production. UPMG currently publishes two high-tech magazines: Printed Circuit Design & Manufacture (www.pcdandm.com) and Circuits Assembly (www.circuitsassembly.com). In addition, UPMG produces three annual conferences and trade shows for the design and manufacture industry�PCB Design Conference West (www.pcbwest.com) and HDI Expo in San Jose, CA, and PCB Design Conference East (www.pcbeast.com) in the Boston, MA, area. UPMG also hosts the PCB Design Conference Road Series (www.pcbshows.com) of courses in cities throughout the U.S.

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