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© AT&S (For illustration purposes only) PCB | October 04, 2011

IPC: 'PCB sales should hold up through the rest of this year'

Rigid PCB shipments were down 4.2% and bookings were down 6.5% in August 2011 from August 2010. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments increased 1.5% and bookings declined 9.6%.
Compared to the previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 13.7% and rigid bookings increased 15.4%. The book-to-bill ratio for the North American rigid PCB industry in August 2011 was at parity at 1.00.

"Although North American PCB sales in August continued below last year’s levels, growth picked up from July to August,” said IPC President & CEO Denny McGuirk. "The book-to-bill ratio has been trending upward for the past five months, which suggests that sales should hold up through the rest of this year."
Flexible circuit shipments in August 2011 were down 6.5% and bookings declined 21.4% compared to August 2010. Year to date, flexible circuit shipments increased 1.9% and bookings increased 3.6%. Compared to the previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 14.0% and flex bookings were up 3.2%. The North American flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio in August 2011 remained high at 1.14.

For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in August 2011 decreased 4.4% from August 2010, as orders booked decreased 8.0% from August 2010. Year to date, combined industry shipments were up 1.5% and bookings were down 8.5%. Compared to the previous month, combined industry shipments for August 2011 increased 13.7% and bookings increased 14.3%. The combined (rigid and flex) industry book-to-bill ratio in August 2011 remained above parity at 1.02.





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