Category Archives: Market Research

IPC’s PCB Technology Trends Study Highlights Trends that Will Impact Board Fabricators

By Michael Carano, vice president, technology and business development, RBP Chemical Technology The recent publication of IPC’s 2018 PCB Technology Trends study highlighted several significant trends that will impact the board fabricator going forward over the next five years. Some of the most significant technology trends I see are in the materials segment. We all […]

North American EMS Market Growth is Slowing, but First-Quarter IPC Report Indicates Growth Opportunities in Some Segments

By Sharon Starr, director, IPC market research The North American electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry continued to enjoy positive year-to-date growth in the first quarter of 2019, but growth rates for both sales and orders are slowing, according to IPC’s first-quarter 2019 North American EMS Market Report. Order growth contrasts sharply with last year’s business […]

Are Regional Differences in PCB Technology as Great as We Think?

By Denny Fritz, Fritz Consulting We keep hearing that Asia is all consumer and automotive electronics and North America and Europe are all high reliability/long life. The findings in IPC’s PCB Technology Trends 2018 study show that these regions are not as different as expected, and the differences we do see are interesting. There are […]

IPC’s PCB Technology Trends Study Details How PCB Manufacturers Meet Current and Future Technology Demands

PCB Technology Trends 2018, a new global study published by IPC is now available. The survey-based study shows how printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers are meeting today’s technology demands and looks at the changes expected by 2023 that will affect the whole industry. Based on data from 74 companies worldwide, the 213-page report presents data […]

North American PCB Sales Growth Stays Strong, Order Growth Slows

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2019 BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, April 29, 2019 — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the March 2019 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-over-year growth in March was strong for sales but slipped into negative territory for orders, while the book-to-bill […]

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 […]