March N. American PCB Shipments Drop 12.2% YoY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsey Drysdale   
Friday, 27 April 2012 12:15

BANNOCKBURN, IL – North American printed circuit board industry shipments in March decreased 12.2% year-over-year, says IPC.


Orders increased just 0.2% compared to March 2011.

Year to date, shipments were down 6.5%, and orders were up 4.1%. Sequentially, circuit board shipments for March increased 11%, while orders increased 8.8%.

The book-to-bill ratio strengthened to 1.06. A ratio of more than 1.0 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply, which is a positive indicator for sales growth over the next two to three months.

Rigid PCB shipments were down 12.6% year-over-year, and orders fell 2.2% compared to the same month last year. Year to date, rigid board shipments decreased 6.4%, and orders increased 4.6%. Sequentially, rigid board shipments increased 10.6%, while orders increased 9.1%.
The rigid board book-to-bill ratio improved to 1.05.

Flexible circuit board shipments for the month were down 7.2%, but orders were up 34.5% compared to March 2011. Year to date, flex board shipments decreased 7.2%, and orders decreased 1.5%. Sequentially, shipments increased 17%, and orders were up 5.3%.
The North American flex circuit board book-to-bill jumped to 1.18.         

“PCB sales in North America in March continued to reflect normal seasonal patterns,” said Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research. “Orders continued to outpace sales,” she added, “pushing the book-to-bill ratio up for the fourth consecutive month, and that bodes well for sales growth in the next quarter.”

Rigid PCBs represent an estimated 89% of the current PCB industry in North America, says IPC. In March 2012, 82% of total PCB shipments were domestically produced. Domestic production accounted for 82% of rigid and 80% of flexible circuit board shipments.

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班诺克本IL - 北美印刷电路板产业的出货量在三月,比去年同期下降12.2的IPC。
订单增加了0.2%相比,2011年3月

年初至今,出货量下降了6.5%订单增长4.1%按顺序三月电路板货量增长了11订单增长8.8%

加强运销值比为1.06比率超过1.0表明目前的需求是提前供应,这是在未来两到三个月销售增长积极迹象

刚性PCB发货量下降了12.6%,比去年一年,订单下降2.2%去年同月相比今年迄今为止硬板货量下降6.4订单增长了4.6按顺序硬板出货量增长10.6%订单增长9.1%
硬板帐单的比例提高到1.05

柔性电路出货量同比下降7.2%订单分别增长34.5%2011年3月今年迄今为止软板货量下降7.2订单下降1.5顺序,出货量增长了17订单增长5.3%
北美柔性电路的书账单上升到1.18

斯塔尔,IPC市场研究部总监说:“沙龙在北美PCB销售在三月继续反映正常的季节性模式 订单继续高于销售她补充说“推运销值比连续第四个月预示着在下一季度销售增长

刚性PCB估计有89在北美当前PCB行业的IPC2012年3月PCB总发货量82国内生产国内生产82刚性和柔性电路板出货量80
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