North American PCB industry sales down 2.5% in August
Total North American PCB shipments in August 2020 were down 2.5% compared to the same month last year. Compared to the preceding month, August shipments fell 1.0%.
The book-to-bill ratio stands at 0.94. PCB bookings in August fell 24.9 percent year-over-year and declined 1.6 percent from the previous month. “The North American PCB industry saw historic growth in the early months of the pandemic with supply from China constrained and many manufacturers bidding for alternative capacity. Over the last two months however, order flow has slowed precipitously as the economic recovery moderates and downstream industries become more cautious in the face of mounting uncertainty,” says Shawn DuBravac, IPC’s chief economist. “August saw the lowest orders since July 2016. The supply chain remains healthy, but slowing downstream demand is weighing on the PCB industry and is likely to remain a headwind in the coming months.”