IPC RELEASES BOOK-TO-BILL RATIOS FOR MARCH 1999

IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released the US Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for March 1999. The Book-to-Bill ratio for March 1999 was 1.04, unchanged from the February 1999 ratio of 1.04.

Sales billed (shipments) in March 1999, increased 9.1% over March 1998 and orders booked for March 1999 showed an increase of 13.6% over March 1998.

As compared to 1998, 1999 bookings of PWBs are up 5.1% year-to-date, while1999 shipments of PWBs are up 2.2% year-to-date.

The information provided includes data for both rigid and flexible PWB manufacturers that participate in IPC's monthly Statistical Program. These participants represent over 40% of the US domestic printed wiring board market. IPC releases this book-to-bill information monthly. (Statistics for the previous month are not available until the last week of the following month.) It is also posted on IPC's web site at http://www.ipc.org. For more information, contact Dan Green at the IPC, 847-597-2871.

IPC is a US-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed wiring board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of a $26 billion US industry employing more than 250,000 people.

Contact: Dan Green
847-597-2871

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