IPC: PCB Sales Up in Sept.

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the September 2017 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Positive year-over-year shipment growth was seen in September for the first time this year. Strong order growth in recent months kept the book-to-bill ratio high at 1.14 in September. Total North American PCB…

IPC: PCB Sales Up 0.4% in 2015

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December 2015 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Slow sales growth continued in December, bringing 2015 to a close at 0.4 percent growth over 2014. The book-to-bill ratio returned to parity at 1.00 in December. Total North American PCB shipments increased…

IPC: Domestic PCB Market to Improve

Following four years of declining sales, the North American printed circuit board (PCB) market is expected to improve in 2015 and grow modestly through 2017, according to the IPC. The decline, which has been linked to slowing sales of rigid PCBs, has not been offset by increased demand for flexible PCBs, which has grown steadily…

IPC: PCB Book-to-Bill Hits 5-Year High

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the August findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-over-year sales and order growth continued in August and the book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.13, its highest level in more than five years. Total North American PCB shipments increased 1.5 percent in August 2015…

Boards, Chips and Packaging: Hardware Takes Center Stage

Today’s electronic products have become so sophisticated and ubiquitous that we have come to expect that each new generation will address both our current and future needs. Years ago, the industry was hardware-centric and driven by “big iron” products. Capacity and functionality were thoroughly dependent upon increasingly complex hardware. Think of the movies of the…