SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

North American PCB Industry Growth Cycle Continues

Oct 02, 2018

Note: The January 2018-March 2018 ratios have been revised since their original publication due to updated data from statistical program participants.
1.15

Note: The January 2018-March 2018 ratios have been revised since their original publication due to updated data from statistical program participants. 1.15

Note: The January 2018-March 2018 growth rates have been revised since their original publication due to updated data from statistical program
participants.

Note: The January 2018-March 2018 growth rates have been revised since their original publication due to updated data from statistical program participants.

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for August 2018.

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the August 2018 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-over-year growth continued for industry sales and orders. The book-to-bill ratio for August held steady at 1.05.

Total North American PCB shipments in August 2018 were up 8.7 percent compared to the same month last year. This year to date, shipments are 10.3 percent above the same period last year. Compared to the preceding month, August shipments increased 6.5 percent.

PCB bookings in August increased 6.8 percent year-over-year. Year-to-date order growth was 11.0 percent above the same period last year. Bookings in August were up 9.4 percent from the previous month.

North American PCB industry sales and orders continued to grow in August compared to the previous month and the same period last year,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. “August was the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and the 15th month of continuous order growth. The book-to-bill ratio in August remained above parity (1.0) for the 19th consecutive month, which is a positive indicator of continued growth for the rest of this year.

Detailed Data Available

The next edition of IPC’s North American PCB Market Report, containing detailed third-quarter 2018 data from IPC’s PCB Statistical Program, will be available in November. The quarterly report presents detailed findings on rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales and orders, including separate rigid and flex book-to-bill ratios, growth trends by product types and company size tiers, demand for prototypes, sales growth to military and medical markets, and other timely data. This report is available free to current participants in IPC’s PCB Statistical Program and by subscription to others. PCB companies that are IPC members doing business in North America are invited to contact marketresearch@ipc.org for information about participating. More information about this report can be found at www.ipc.org/market-research-reports.

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 might not 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 PCB industry statistics are based on data provided by a representative sample of both rigid PCB and flexible circuit manufacturers selling in the USA and Canada. IPC publishes the PCB book-to-bill ratio at the end of each month. Statistics for the current month are normally available in the last week of the following month.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,400 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 Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Stockholm, Sweden; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

May 15, 2019 -

IPC Welcomes New Senior Director of Sales

May 05, 2019 -

IPC and ITI to Host Conference on Critical and Emerging Environmental Product Requirements

Apr 30, 2019 -

North American PCB Sales Growth Stays Strong, Order Growth Slows

Apr 24, 2019 -

IPC-4101 Now Includes Validation Services Qualified Products List Requirements for Materials Specification Sheets

Apr 24, 2019 -

IPC Assembly Quality Benchmark Survey Open to Participants Worldwide

Apr 23, 2019 -

IPC Releases IPC-2591, Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) Industry standard allows for quick and easy implementation of Industry 4.0 applications

Apr 23, 2019 -

IPC Launches New Certified Standards Expert Certification for Six IPC Standards

Apr 15, 2019 -

IPC Pulse Survey Shows Positive Industry Outlook Continues but Varies by Region

Apr 14, 2019 -

IPC Welcomes New Director of EHS Policy and Research

Apr 14, 2019 -

IPC Issues Call for Participation for Electronics Materials Forum Presentations sought on emerging technologies

1006 more news from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) »

May 16, 2019 -

Immersion gold VS Plating gold

May 16, 2019 -

Resin plug application and process

May 16, 2019 -

COUNTER SINK VS COUNTERBORE

May 15, 2019 -

Nordson DAGE Launches Explorer one Compact X-ray Inspection System

May 15, 2019 -

IPC Welcomes New Senior Director of Sales

May 15, 2019 -

NEO Tech to Focus on Space-Qualified Capabilities during Space Tech Expo 2019

May 15, 2019 -

Datest to Co-Exhibit at Space Tech Expo USA with VJ Technologies

May 15, 2019 -

SMTA Releases Two New Online Training Courses

May 14, 2019 -

East/West Manufacturing Enterprises Upgrades with Cloud-Based ERP

May 14, 2019 -

IC package reliability test

See electronics manufacturing industry news »

North American PCB Industry Growth Cycle Continues news release has been viewed 170 times

Electronics Auditor Job

SMT Equipment Service