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https://evertiq.com/news/44205 PCB | May 30, 2018

North American PCB industry growth continues - but slower

Industry shipments and orders in April continued to grow but at a slowing pace. The book-to-bill ratio decreased but remained strong at 1.08, says the IPC.
Total North American PCB shipments in April 2018 were up 8.8 percent compared to the same month last year. This year to date, shipments are 9.6% above the same period last year. Compared to the preceding month, April shipments decreased 14.0%.

PCB bookings in April increased 2.9% year-over-year. Year-to-date order growth was 12.8% above the same period last year. Bookings in April were down 16.2% from the previous month.

“The North American PCB industry’s slower sales and order growth in April is unsurprising, as the industry settles into a more normal pace of growth after the recovery of the last three quarters,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. “Also, business tends to peak in the last month of every quarter, often causing month-to-month decreases in the first month of the quarter, and this normal pattern can be seen in the April data. The outlook for this year remains encouraging, based on strong order growth in the past year and a book-to-bill ratio that has been above parity (1.0) for 15 consecutive months.”

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