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IPC (electronics)

IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, is an organization whose aim is to standardize the assembly and production requirements of electronic equipment and assemblies. It was founded in 1957 as the Institute for Printed Circuits. Its name was later changed to the Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits to highlight the expansion from bare boards to packaging and electronic assemblies. In 1999, the organization formally changed its name to "IPC" with the accompanying tagline, Association Connecting Electronics Industries. IPC is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards developing organization and is known globally for its standards. It publishes the most widely used acceptability standards in the electronics industry.

The organization currently has a wholly owned foreign enterprise with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen, China called IPC Technology Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. It also has representatives in Moscow, Russia, and Stockholm, Sweden and a joint venture training company called Industry Association Training Center located in Bangalore, India.