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PCB Prototype Sales Trends Often Diverge from PCB Market Trends According to New IPC Report

A new report published this week by IPC, Trends in the North American Market for PCB Prototypes, reveals cycles in demand for PCB prototypes that often differ from demand trends in regular or volume-production PCB sales. Despite high volatility in prototype sales from month to month, the IPC data show clear cycles in prototype sales […]

New IPC Studies Show World PCB Market Up in 2016 as North American Market Shrinkage Slows

World printed circuit board (PCB) production reached an estimated $58.2 billion in 2016, up 2.2 percent in real terms, while North American PCB production decreased a mere 0.1 percent, according to IPC’s newly published World PCB Production Report for the Year 2016. The North American PCB market also continued its downward trend, but at a […]

Wage and Salary Survey Deadline for North American Electronics Assembly Industry Extended to September 29

By Sharon Starr, market research director IPC’s biennial Wage Rate and Salary Survey for the North American Electronics Assembly Industry is open and the deadline has been extended until September 29. The 2017 study covers 40 hourly and salaried positions in electronics assembly companies North America, including OEMs and contract manufacturers. It is intended for […]

H-1B Visas Enable Some Manufacturers to Recruit Needed Talent

by Sharon Starr, IPC market research director As concerns about the U.S. skills gap and the debate over U.S. immigration policy continue, it is worth considering how these two issues are linked. The availability of H-1B visas is one way the government helps to ease the skills gap, especially as it relates to filling engineering […]

IPC Assembly Quality Benchmark Survey Deadline Extended to June 16

The deadline for participation in IPC’s annual Quality Benchmark Survey for Electronics Assembly has been extended to Friday, June 16. This confidential survey is open to OEMs and contract manufacturers that do electronics assembly. Participants who complete the survey will receive a report on the findings at no cost. The survey is online at  www.ipc.org/2017BenchmarkSurvey […]