Total North American PCB shipments in March 2020 were up 3.7% compared to March 2019, according to the latest IPC research, an association representing electronics industries, with April shipments “poised to reach levels not seen since 2006”.
The research found that March shipments rose 31.6% compared to the preceding month, and PCB bookings in March increased 10.1% year-over-year. Bookings in March increased 8.7% from the previous month.
Shawn DuBravac, IPC’s chief economist, said, “COVID-19 related disallocations in the global supply chain continue to drive North American PCB orders and shipments. March 2020 saw a near historic month-over-month rise in shipments as North American PCB manufacturers worked to deliver crucial components for equipment like ventilators into the medical supply chain. March sales and orders are the highest the industry has seen since April 2017 and April 2020 shipments are poised to reach levels not seen since 2006.”
IPC’s monthly PCB industry statistics are based on data provided by a representative sample of both rigid PCB and flexible circuit manufacturers selling in the USA and Canada. IPC publishes the PCB book-to-bill ratio by the end of each month.
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