Signs of market improvement in new report and tools for IPC members

There are signs aplenty that global economies are on the rebound. But picking the niches where there’s growth remains a tricky problem. Those who want some insight into which markets show the best potential will get some help from industry-specific tools. A great tool for IPC members is the recently released Winter 2011 Electronics Industries Market Data Update (IPC members only access required.)

Among the positive signs in the report are the U.S. Purchasing Managers’ Index, which registered 57 percent in December, an increase of 0.4 percentage points over November’s 56. In our part of the electronics industry, the global electronics supply chain showed signs of stable growth in the fourth quarter of 2010, exceeding comparable 2009 figures. There was double digit year-on-year growth in most supply chain industries.

However, growth is spotty. The North American EMS industry has seen steadily climbing year-on-year growth since March, reaching 29.6 percent in December. But bookings in the rigid PCB segment lost strength in the fourth quarter of 2010.

A pair of business performance tracking tools designed for IPC members are included in the report to help managers divine areas they can focus on. The first is an interactive graph that shows relevant North American industries and macroeconomic leading indicators since Q1 2007. Users can enter their companies’ growth rate data to see how their companies performed in comparison to the rest of the industry.

The other tool integrates leading indicators with the data trends from all key segments of the electronic interconnect industry. The IPC Index of North American Electronics Industry Performance for the fourth quarter of 2010 stood at 16.5, indicating that the industry recovery is showing signs of slower but sustainable growth.

For more information, contact Sharon Starr, director of market research, at SharonStarr@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2817.

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