U.S.-China Trade War: Supply Chain Crisis or Opportunity?

Editor’s note on Special Project U.S.-China Trade War Damages Done: A permanent trade war with China has already thrust the supply chain in a mad scramble. Procurement costs have increased; partnerships have been severed; and companies have been forced to relocate manufacturing. Still, some companies see the conflict as a path toward differentiation President Trump’s…

IPC Issues Warning on Printed Board Microvia Reliability

The proliferation of tighter microvia densities and signal integrity requirements in printed boards within the electronics industry has revealed reliability concerns with microvia structures in high performance products. A number of IPC OEM member companies have approached IPC with examples of microvia failures in high-profile hardware that were not observed until after bare printed board…

Tariffs Advance U.S. Tech Goals in China, Experts Say

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two articles examining the impact of tariffs — positive and negative–on the electronics industry. It feels like the U.S.-China tariff-and-trade war has been waging so long we’ve forgotten how it started, but its goals remain the same. The Trump administration is pressuring China to change its behavior toward…

North American PCB Sales Growth Ends 2018 Up 8.7%

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December 2018 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth bounced back in December and remained solid for the year. The book-to-bill ratio also strengthened in December and stands at 1.05. Total North American PCB shipments in December 2018 were up 7.7…

IPC: North American PCB Industry Continues to Grow

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the March 2018 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Industry shipments and orders continued to grow at a brisk pace in March. The book-to-bill ratio retreated from its peak but remained strong at 1.13. Total North American PCB shipments in March 2018 were…

IPC: North American PCB Industry Rebound Continues

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the February 2018 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-over-year shipment and order growth continued in February, and the book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.17. Total North American PCB shipments in February 2018 were up 8.8 percent compared to the same month last year.…