New IPC Study on North American PCB Industry Forecasts Growth to Resume in 2012

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, September 19, 2011 — While the volume of North American PCB production remains flat, sales of PCBs by North American manufacturers returned to strong growth in 2010. Sales of rigid PCBs were up 18 percent and sales of flexible circuits grew 16 percent in 2010. These are among the trends explored in 2010–2011 Industry Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America, recently released by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®.

The survey-based report presents data and analysis on market trends in the North American PCB industry, including sales history, trends in materials, sales by product type, production mix (high-volume vs. quick-turn vs. prototype), revenue trends from value-added services, industry end-markets by product type and U.S. imports and exports. The report includes forecasts for PCB production in North America and worldwide through 2014, and historical data showing the long-range trends.

Formerly published as two separate documents, this comprehensive report covers both the rigid PCB and flexible circuit  industries.  A representative sample of 40 North American PCB manufacturers participated in the survey, with $2.3 billion in total sales, accounting for approximately 55 percent of the North American market. Companies that  participated receive the report free.

2010-2011 Industry Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America is available for purchase by IPC members for $675 and $1,350 by nonmembers. For more information or to purchase the report, visit www.ipc.org/2010-11-PCB-Market-Report. To participate in future studies, contact IPC’s market research manager, Sree Bhagwat, at +1 330-677-5563 or SreeBhagwat@ipc.org. To view other IPC market research reports available, visit the IPC online store at www.ipc.org/onlinestore.

For information on IPC market research programs, contact Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research, at +1 847-597-2817 or SharonStarr@ipc.org, or visit IPC’s website at www.ipc.org/industrydata.

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About IPC
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,000 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. 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 an estimated $1.5 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.


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