High tech from Brazil

Major electronics event in Latin America invites the IEC

By Philippa Martin-King

Klaus Wucherer, IEC President, delivered a keynote speech at the ABINEE TEC Forum, the key electronics industry event in South America. In front of 500 guests from industry and government, he underlined the importance of International Standards for innovation and global trade in electronics. ABINEE TEC is organized every two years by ABINEE, the Brazilian Electrical and Electronics Industry Association, the most important trade association in the electric and electronic sector in Brazil and South America.

The Forum is declared open. The Forum is declared open.

Two-yearly event

ABINEE represents more than 650 national and international companies that actively participate in its activities. Every two years the trade association organizes a major exhibition, seminars and forum. This year ABINEE TEC 2011 was held from 28 March to 1 April at Anhembi Exhibition Hall in São Paulo. FIEE Elétrica – 26th International Trade Fair of Electrical, Energy and Automation Industry – and electronicAmericas – 6th International Trade Fair of Components, Assemblies, Equipment for Components Production, Laser Technology and Optoelectronics Industry – took place in conjunction with ABINEE TEC 2011.

IEC President delivers keynote speech

IEC President Wucherer delivered his keynote speech at the ABINEE TEC Forum on 28 March. Speaking in front of 500 guests, including government representatives and business leaders from the electrical and electronics sector, he explained how International Standards facilitate international trade, a topic that is of increasing relevance for Brazil's booming electronics sector.

In his presentation, Wucherer outlined how globally-relevant specifications and metrics, combined with consistent CA (Conformity Assessment), allow electronics manufacturers to reach many more markets faster and at lesser cost.

He described how the IEC was founded in 1906 to stimulate the development of the electrical industry through common terminology, metrics and symbols. Today, most of the 164 countries that participate in the WTO (World Trade Organization) rely on IEC International Standards as the basis for their technical laws and regulations. He concluded that CEOs should have more than a passing interest in International Standards as these increasingly dictate access to global markets and allow them to build products that are accepted worldwide.

Participants learned that any company can provide comments on any IEC International Standard provided they are scientifically or technically sound. They also heard that any company, however big or small, may participate in IEC standardization through the auspices of its NC (National Committee). Participants particularly appreciated being able to talk with Wucherer in Portuguese, which he learned to speak during an extended business stay in Brazil.

Wucherer’s talk was followed by the official opening ceremony. Seminars, workshops and meetings were held from 29 March and approached hot topics and economic, technology and innovation perspectives for the electrical and electronics sector in Brazil and in the world. More than 1 500 entrepreneurs, technicians and engineers from the sector participated in this part of the event.

Klaus Wucherer, IEC President Klaus Wucherer, IEC President
ABINEE 2011 was held in São Paulo, Brazil ABINEE 2011 was held in São Paulo, Brazil
The Forum is declared open. The Forum is declared open.