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Normal seasonal slowdown for the North American PCB industry

IPC's July findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program, showed that sales and orders were weaker in July, but the book-to-bill ratio held steady at parity.
Total North American PCB shipments decreased 2.3 percent in July 2014 from July 2013, leaving year-to-date shipment growth flat at -0.6 percent. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were down 13.0 percent.

PCB bookings decreased by 6.3 percent compared to July 2013, putting the year-to-date order growth rate at -6.1 percent. Order growth declined 14.4 percent in July compared to the previous month.

The North American PCB book-to-bill ratio remained at parity at 1.00 in July.

“July is typically a slow month for the PCB industry and this year is no exception,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. “The PCB book-to-bill ratio has been hovering around 1.00 since February, which explains the flat year-to-date sales growth we are seeing,” she added.

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