New 'Chats' Discuss MSDS Tracking and Outsourcing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Thursday, 08 March 2012 09:42

ATLANTA -- Two more "chats" with leading industry experts have been scheduled, featuring outsourcing analyst Charlie Barnhart and industrial environment expert Kal Kawar.

Today from 2 to 3 pm, Kawar will lead a chat on MSDS management, raw material disclosure compliance, and product stewardship.

Kawar, CIH, PE, has a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in industrial hygiene. His professional experience includes serving as staff industrial hygienist for IBM's New York semiconductor manufacturing facility, and as industrial hygienist for IBM’s US headquarters. Now executive vice president of Actio, Kawar taps more than 20 years' worth of chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, and environmental engineering experience. He has far-reaching expertise with global regulatory challenges created by EPA, TSCA, REACH, RoHS and WEEE.

On March 16, Barnhart will take questions on the OEM-EMS outsourcing relationship.

Barnhart is a private equity investor and founder and principal of Charlie Barnhart & Associates. He has been a senior consultant with Technology Forecasters, and a retained consultant on the Council of Advisors at GLG NYC. He has over 30 years' experience in the electronics industry and has held professional positions in virtually every aspect of the business, including; engineering, operations, sales and marketing, merger and acquisitions, and strategic corporate development with SCI Systems, Sanmina-SCI and Sperry.

Both sessions take place at PCB Chat, a new service developed by UP Media Group.

"Chats" refer to moderated question/answer sessions between an expert on a particular topic and any number of parties interested in the subject. Chats are conducted online at a set date and time. Attendees can submit questions privately via email in advance of the chat, or while the chat is live.

Moderators — for example, a technical or subject expert — review the questions and choose which will be answered. As questions are answered, they appear online in sequential fashion. We foresee chat session topics ranging from the broad to the specific. In some cases, the topic will be the driver, such as discussions of market or packaging trends, for example. In other cases, the presenter will be the attraction, because of their "name" and reputation in the industry.

Each chat session has a specific time length, after which a transcript is made available for on-demand viewing. The transcripts are searchable.

Most sessions last for 60 to 120 minutes. Questions are accepted before or during the chat.



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