IWCS 2017 Wrap-Up!

Thank You 
for making the  2017 International Cable & Connectivity Symposium 
so successful!  Even a hurricane couldn't stop it!

IWCS 2017 welcomed attendees to the 66th annual conference in Orlando, Florida, on October 8 through 11, 2017. The topics for IWCS 2017 included FTTX; Fiber Characterization & Reliability; Performance & Design of Data and Power Cables; Ultra High Fiber and Roll-able Ribbon Cable; Materials: Flame Retardancy & Additives; Short Reach, High Capacity Optical Interconnects; and many more.  We've included some highlights of the conference here.

Some Interesting Statistics
Where did Attendees come from?
Attendees came from 31 countries, spanning 6 continents, with 31% from outside the USA. Attendees from Europe accounted for 14%, while 13% came from Asia. 11% of the Attendees were from Japan and China. 

Executive Session and Technical Symposium
The executive track and the technical symposium offered a high caliber program containing over 150 technical papers and presentations in 20 sessions that attracted presenters and attendees from around the world! 

A highlight of the Executive Session this year was a panel discussion titled CTO's Crystal Ball - Telecommunications in 2025. Robert Canny of TE Wire & Cable moderated the lively discussion with Morgan Kurk of CommScope, Claudio Mazzali of Corning Optical Communications, Fang Wei of Huawei Technologies and Marcello Andrade of Prysmian Group.

Professional Development Courses
IWCS presented eight professional development courses led by industry experts. The four core courses were Copper 101, Fiber 101, Materials 101, and Extrusion Applications 101. In addition, four elective courses delivered current leading edge topics on new areas of interest to engineers, scientists, and other cable and connectivity professionals.

Plenary Session
Another look into the future, this year's Keynote address was given by Fang Wei, Chief Cable and Connector Expert of Huawei Technologies Company, where he discussed A Better Connected World - Impact on Network Demand. In the address he said, "From now until 2025, ICT is enabling the fourth industrial revolution - Intelligentization. ICT enables the digital economy transformation and is pivotal to national competitiveness. A better connected world is coming and enhanced connectivity is becoming the new normal."

UL and IWCS China Cable & Connectivity Symposium
With the success of the first UL and IWCS China Cable & Connectivity Symposium held in Shanghai this year, L.F. Lai, VP and general manager of UL's Wire and Cable division announced that the second annual conference will be held in Shanghai in March 2018. 

This regional conference will again have its own websites in English and Chinese, which are also linked from the IWCS main website. A Call for Papers will be announced in early December through the typical channels - press releases, all three websites, and through UL and IWCS emails and social media.

Best Papers and Presentations Award Recipients!
Always a highlight of the plenary session was the recognition for the best papers and presenters of the prior year. The Jack Spergel Memorial Award for Outstanding Technical Paper on "Solutions to Improve Optical Fiber Cables Flame Retardancy" was presented to co-authors Mauro Maritano, Paolo Marelli, Vito Scrima and Giacomo Colombo Serri of Prysmian S.p.A., Milano, Italy and Marta Garcia S. Emeterio, of Prysmian Group, Maliano, Spain.

The Outstanding Poster Paper on "The Evolution of Trunk Cables with Eight Fiber Units" was presented to William C. Hurley, Terry L. Cooke and Rebecca E. Sistare of Corning Optical Communications, Hickory, NC, USA. 

The Kitts-Kingsley Award for Best Presentation was given to Sarah Bauer of Enercon Industries Corporation, Menomonee Falls, WI, USA for "How Atmospheric Plasma Surface Treating Enables Ink Jet Printing on Wire and Cable".

Student Scholarships!
Recipients of the student scholarship awards for the 2017/2018 academic year were also acknowledged at the plenary session. Contributions came from Cable Components Group, the Wire & Cable Industry Suppliers Association (WCISA), The Christopher Kenneth Eoll Memorial Endowment, and the Wire Association International (WAI).

Supplier Exhibition
The two-day Supplier Exhibition was well attended and provided for excellent networking with leading industry suppliers. The Exhibition also included New Product Presentations by exhibitors as well as the Poster Paper session, which featured over 20 presentations. Over 100 suppliers exhibited exciting new innovations to support the growth and advancements in the cable and connectivity industry.

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