Category Archives: Market Research

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 […]

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 […]