IPC Releases 2017 Quality Benchmark Study for Electronics Assembly

IPC’s Study of Quality Benchmarks for Electronics Assembly 2017 is now available. The annual study provides valuable benchmarking data to electronics assembly companies interested in comparing quality measurements to industry averages. The quality control measurements covered by the study include first-pass yields for various test methods as well as the percentages of products subjected to…

IPC: PCB Orders Up; Sales Down

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the July 2017 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Positive year-on-year growth in orders and negative growth in sales continued, driving the book-to-bill ratio up to 1.09 in July. Total North American PCB shipments in July 2017 were down 6.2 percent compared…

electronics, conflict minerals, Africa

How the SEC’s Shift on Conflict Minerals Will Impact Electronics

Portions of the electronics industry are applauding a policy shift toward the so-called “conflict minerals” rule that requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) sourced from war-torn regions of Africa. Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar has directed agency staff to reconsider how companies…

EU Adopts Conflict Mineral Regulations

The EU this week voted to adopt regulations pertaining to the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflicted regions of the world. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw materials and…

IPC: PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Climbs to 1.08

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the October 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. The PCB book-to-bill ratio continued to strengthen, climbing to 1.08, while sales and orders were both down in October. Total North American PCB shipments in October 2016 were 8.3 percent below…