In the Beginning
The IWCS was started in 1952 by key government and industry representatives devoted to the development of improved wires and cables for military applications. The first Symposium was held in Asbury Park, NJ and was called “Symposium on Technical Progress and Communication Wire and Cables”.
As it grew, it attracted international attention and by 1967, the meeting drew over 100 representatives from various foreign countries. As a result of the increase in foreign participation, the name of the Symposium was changed to the “International Wire and Cable Symposium”.
The IWCS was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on January 7, 1987. Its purpose was to plan, promote, initiate and coordinate the exchange of technical information on wire, cable and fiber optics within industry and government, through an annual IWCS Symposium.
An office staff, headed by a President/Director handled the day-to-day operations. A Board of Trustees ran the business and affairs of the corporation. Trustees were individuals active in the cable industry and other related categories and served for a predetermined period of time.
After years of operating as a single governing committee, the IWCS decided in the year 2000 to effect a reorganization to improve the efficiency of operation and long-term planning. The new organization has two parts, a Board of Directors and a Symposium Committee.
The Board of Directors has oversight responsibilities, focusing on mission setting, long-term planning, strategy development, budget approval, compensation and senior management objectives.
The Symposium Committee has primary responsibility for organizing the symposium. This includes review of abstracts, selection of papers, establishing technical sessions, organizing invited guest speakers and special sessions, and monitoring all aspects of the symposium.
Wire & Cable Focus
On September 19, 2000, the Board of Directors of the IWCS announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Wire & Cable Focus Conference. This action was part of a continuing effort to provide the industry with the most important technical symposium devoted to wire and cable technology.
IWCS Launches New Brand and Website
In July of 2021, IWCS announced the new branding for what was once named the “International Cable & Connectivity Symposium”. The event is now branded the “Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum by IWCS”. Along with the new brand launch, IWCS also revealed a new website.
The IWCS Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum provides an opportunity to explore discussions on topical issues, learn about new technologies, and network with industry colleagues from around the world.
Each year, the IWCS Symposium Committee generates an extremely high-caliber program for the Technical Symposium, which is the cornerstone of the Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum. Papers presented during the Technical Symposium remain publicly archived on the IWCS website to be referenced for ongoing research and education.
The annual Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum includes the following event components:
- Professional presentations of previously unpublished papers. Popular topics include: innovations for cable and connectivity materials, connector/interconnect technologies, cable designs, components, testing and applications, fabrication, and performance.
- Provide great learning opportunities from renowned industry experts
- Features speakers and topics of interest to general and commercial management, with a focus on supply chain issues
- Introduces the latest products and services from the important suppliers to our industry
- Features a Keynote Speaker providing insight on a topical issue