High-tech trade

World Electronics Forum

By John T. Kelley

The IEC’s Immediate Past President addressed electronics leaders from 22 countries during the WEF (World Electronics Forum), underlining the importance of International Standards for innovation and global trade in electronics. WEF was hosted by CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) and took place in parallel to CES® (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

Jacques Régis IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis speaking at WEF

More than 65 leaders representing electronics associations from all continents attended the 16th Annual WEF on 8-10 January 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. Hosted by the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association®), WEF coincided with the 2011 International CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, which ran 6-9 January 2011.

WEF delegates, representing 30 associations from 22 countries, participated in a breakfast session on Sunday, 9 January, featuring addresses from Jacques Régis, IEC Immediate Past President; Noel Lee, founder and president Monster Cable; and CEA Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac.

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

He explained 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.

Delegates learnt 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).

Following the breakfast session, delegates toured the International CES show floor to experience the innovative products on display from more than 2 700 global technology companies. The 2011 WEF Forum concluded on Monday, 10 January, following a day-long session focused on doing business in the everchanging global economy.

About WEF

Founded in 1995, WEF is an informal gathering of CEOs and directors from global electronics associations that meet annually to discuss major topics of interest to the worldwide electronics industry. Key topics discussed during the 2011 WEF included environmentally sustainable technology practices, social responsibility and free trade policies.

The 2012 World Electronics Forum will take place in the Philippines in spring 2012 and will be hosted by SEIPI (the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc.).

For more information about the World Electronics Forum, visit www.WEFonline.org

About CEA

CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the USD 186 billion US consumer electronics industry.

More than 2 000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including those involved in legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships.

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services.

Find CEA online at www.CE.org

Jacques Régis IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis speaking at WEF
CES 2011 WEF 2011 was held in conjunction with the 2011 International CES...
CES 2011 opening day ...which took place in Las Vegas, USA, on 6-9 January 2011 (Photo: The Review Crew)