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© AT&S (For illustration purposes only) PCB | June 01, 2011

Growth in North American PCB sales follows seasonal patterns

Rigid PCB shipments were up 0.8% and bookings decreased 6.6% in April 2011 from April 2010. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were up 5.2% and bookings declined 8.1%.
Compared to the previous month, rigid PCB shipments decreased 15.0% and rigid bookings decreased 12.3%. The book-to-bill ratio for the North American rigid PCB industry in April 2011 improved slightly to 0.96.




Flexible circuit shipments in April 2011 were up 30.3% and bookings increased 7.2% compared to April 2010. Year to date, flexible circuit shipments increased 14.3% and bookings were up 9.0%. Compared to the previous month, flexible circuit shipments decreased 2.4% and flex bookings declined 0.8%. The North American flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio in April 2011 fell to 0.96.


For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in April 2011 increased 3.0% from April 2010, as orders booked decreased 5.6% from April 2010.

Year to date, combined industry shipments were up 5.9% and bookings were down 6.7%. Compared to the previous month, combined industry shipments for April 2011 decreased 13.9% and bookings decreased 11.5%. The combined (rigid and flex) industry book-to-bill ratio in April 2011 inched up to 0.96.


"Growth in North American PCB sales continues to follow normal seasonal patterns and seems to have returned to normal, and the book-to-bill ratio is holding steady at just under parity. This suggests the slowdown in sales growth is likely to continue into the third quarter of this year", said IPC President & CEO Denny McGuirk.
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