New IPC Report Shows 13 Percent Decline in Worldwide PCB Production in 2009

IPC’s World PCB Production Report for the Year 2009 was published today. It shows that worldwide PCB production declined 13 percent in 2009 over the previous year, based on estimates in U.S. dollars developed by the IPC World Market Consensus Committee. World PCB production was estimated at $44.22 billion in 2009. Production in North America, estimated at $3.43 billion, declined nearly 17 percent in 2009. The tide began to turn in mid-2009, however, and analysts are predicting 12 percent growth in the worldwide PCB market in 2010.

The World PCB Production Report presents estimates of PCB production in U.S. dollars and local currencies by country and by 10 product types. Metal core boards were added to the report for the first time this year, along with the committee’s forecasts of significant growth in this product market.

Asia’s share of PCB production has grown to 86 percent of the world total. China is the world’s top PCB producer with a 34 percent share. China has taken some of its share growth from other Asian countries, most of which saw their shares reduced in 2009. North America now produces 8 percent of the world’s PCBs based on value.

This year’s report features special commentary on China by Dr. Hayao Nakahara, and a special analysis of market demand for high-speed PCBs by Mark Hutton of BPA Consulting. They are members of the IPC World Market Consensus Committee along with Phil Plonski of Prismark and Michael Gasch, an independent consultant in Europe. Working with their own data and data from IPC and other sources, the IPC committee developed the estimates in the report through a consensus process.

The World PCB Production Report is published annually for IPC members. To read or download the report, members can follow this link to a log-in page and then to the report: www.ipc.org/World-Report-2009. It can also be found in the members-only area of the IPC website on the market research page.

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