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North American EMS Industry Down 3.2 Percent in August

Sep 26, 2021

IPC announced today the August2021findings from its North American Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Statistical Program.The book-to-bill ratio stands at 1.48.

Total North American EMS shipments in August 2021 were down 3.2 percent compared to the same month last year. Compared to the preceding month, August shipments grew 16.9 percent.

EMS bookings in August rose 27.5 percent year-over-year and grew 29.3 percent from the previous month.

“August brought another strong month of orders for the EMS sector. Year-to-date bookings are up 22 percent,” said Shawn DuBravac, IPC’s chief economist. “During the month we also saw shipments pick-up, a hopeful sign that manufacturers will be able to deliver on their growing backlog of orders.”

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 andcompany size tier, order growth and backlogs by company sizetier, 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 3,000+-member company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. 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. IPC maintains additional offices in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Miami, Fla.; Brussels, Belgium; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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