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Looking bright for the PCB market in February 2010

February sales for the German PCB manufacturers increased by 5% compared to January figures, writes the German industry association ZVEI (PCB and Electronic Systems).

Compared to February 2009, revenues increased by 30%. The cumulative sales figure—first 2 months of 2010—increased by 23% compared to the same period last year. This suggests that the overall trend has stabilised, despite the fact that last year's reference figures were particularly low. The book-to-bill ratio was 1.26—the best figure for a February for the last 10 years.
This graph has a zoom-function. Order intake reached a new height in February. Figures increased a staggering 131% compared to February 2009 and 3% compared to January 2010. This was primarily due to low inventories, the rapid increase in demand as well as the introduction of new products. However, many PCB manufacturers experience continued reluctance of many customers to make longer-term supply forecasts. The number of employees rose again by 1.2%. Some companies even reported increased with two-digit numbers. The new increased demand suggests that further increases in staff numbers can be expected over the next months.
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