Category Archives: Market Research

U.S. Manufacturing Growth at Odds with Skills Gap

by Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research As U.S. manufacturing rebounds after decades of decline, the skills gap will worsen and could lead to more off-shoring, unless it is alleviated. Findings on the Skills Gap in U.S. Electronics Manufacturing, published last month by IPC, found that more than three-quarters of the U.S. electronics manufacturers […]

PCB Technology Trends 2016 Study Now Available

IPC’s PCB Technology Trends 2016 study shows how PCB fabricators and assemblers are meeting today’s technology demands and looks at the changes expected in the coming years that will affect the whole industry. It is a global study based on data from 118 electronics assembly companies and PCB fabricators worldwide. It presents data on the […]

IPC’s U.S. Skills Gap Study Reveals Skills and Qualifications in Short Supply

In response to mounting concern about the shortage of U.S. workers with skills needed by electronics manufacturers, IPC conducted a “fast-facts” study to learn more about the skills gap as it affects U.S. electronics assembly manufacturers. The results, published within Findings on the Skills Gap in U.S. Electronics Manufacturing, indicate that most companies are having […]

IPC Study on North American PCB Industry Reports Growth in Military/Aerospace Market

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) for military and aerospace applications remain the largest vertical market segment for PCB manufacturers in North America, representing about one-third of the market. And it is the only vertical market segment expected to grow in 2016 as a share of the North American market, according to IPC’s 2016 Analysis and Forecast […]

World PCB Production in 2015 Estimated at $58.6 Billion

The world market for printed circuit boards (PCBs) reached an estimated $58.6 billion in value in 2015 according to IPC’s  World PCB Production Report for the Year 2015.This represents a nominal decrease of 2.7 percent from 2014, but factoring out the effects of exchange rate fluctuations, the growth of PCB output was actually up 2.0 […]

IPC Releases Annual Electronics Assembly Industry Quality

IPC’s Study of Quality Benchmarks for Electronics Assembly 2016 is now available. The annual study provides valuable benchmarking data to electronics assembly companies interested in comparing quality measurements to industry averages. The quality control measurements covered by the study include first-pass yields for various test methods in use as well as the percent of products […]

New Electronics Industry Market Data Now Available by Subscription

IPC is introducing three new quarterly subscription reports. These exclusive reports provide electronics manufacturers a competitive edge that comes from having solid, timely and reliable market research data. Reports include: Global Solder Market Report  – The report covers trends in solder and flux consumption, including growth rates, tin/lead vs. lead-free ratios, and industry growth outlook […]

North American PCB Sales Growth Continues at a Slow Pace

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for November 2015 IPC announced today the November findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Slow sales growth continued in November and bookings bounced back, but the book-to-bill ratio slipped below parity to 0.98. Total North American PCB shipments increased 0.4 percent in November 2015 compared […]

World PCB Production in 2014 Estimated at $60.2 Billion

The world market for printed circuit boards (PCBs) reached an estimated $60.2 billion in value in 2014, growing just 0.7 percent in real terms, according to IPC’s World PCB Production Report for the Year 2014. Production growth in China, Thailand and Vietnam compensated for declining PCB production in most other regions. Developed by a team […]

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

By Jennifer Read, Consultant That’s a quote from Ben Franklin cited by IPC CEO John Mitchell in a video blog about the recently published IPC Study of the North American Labor Pool for Electronics Manufacturing. Recruiting and training the next generation of workers for the PCB industry is one of the most important ways for […]