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North American EMS Industry Up 6.4 Percent in February

Mar 30, 2021

IPC announced today the February 2021 findings from its North American Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Statistical Program.The book-to-bill ratiostands at1.29.

Total North American EMS shipments in February2021wereup6.4percentcompared to the same month last year.Compared to the preceding month,Februaryshipments fell 1.7percent.

EMS bookings in Februaryrose 21.5percentyear-over-yearandincreased16.7percent from the previous month.

According to Shawn DuBravac, IPC chief economist, “Orders increased significantly in February, suggesting some of the production declines we saw across manufacturing during the month due to severe weather will likely reverse in the coming weeks and months.”

Detailed Data Available

Companies that participate in IPC’s North American EMS Statistical Program have access to detailed findings on EMS sales growth by type of production and company size tier, order growth and backlogs by company size tier, vertical market growth, the EMS book-to-bill ratio, 3-month and 12-month sales outlooks, and other timely data.

Interpreting the Data

The book-to-bill ratios are calculated by dividing the value of orders booked over the past three months by the value of sales billed during the same period from companies in IPC’s survey sample. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply, which is a positive indicator for sales growth over the next three to twelve months.A ratio of less than 1.00 indicates the reverse.

Year-on-year and year-to-date growth rates provide the most meaningful view of industry growth. Month-to-month comparisons should be made with caution as they reflect seasonal effects and short-term volatility. Because bookings tend to be more volatile than shipments, changes in the book-to-bill ratios from month to month mightnot be significant unless a trend of more than three consecutive months is apparent. It is also important to consider changes in both bookings and shipments to understand what is driving changes in the book-to-bill ratio.

IPC’s monthly EMS industry statistics are based on data provided by a representative sample of assembly equipment manufacturers selling in the USA and Canada. IPC publishes the EMSbook-to-bill ratio bythe end of each month.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 3,000 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly, and testing. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry.

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