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25 August 2016

IPC Announces Development of a Press-fit Pin Standard for Automotive Requirements.

 Requested by the European automotive electronics industry, the standard will cover qualifications and acceptance requirements for press-fit pin technology

IPC has announced plans to start the development of a new standard intended to cover the qualifications and acceptance requirements for press-fit pin technology that includes the reliability needs for automotive and other industries, such as aerospace.

This new standard is highly anticipated, as there is currently not a specific standard to support press-fit pin automotive requirements and other high-reliability applications. The yet to be named standard is expected to be released late 2017. The IPC standards development process will bring together collaboration between design and assembly task groups as well as all considerations and criteria for applicable documents of both design and assembly.

“This newly proposed standard is exciting for multiple reasons. First, it is a document specifically requested by the European automotive electronics industry and is further evidence that European stakeholders are embracing IPC’s efforts to engage them in IPC’s global standardization process,” said Dave Bergman, IPC vice president of standards and training. “Additionally, it will help to close a technology hole in IPC’s standardization tree by adding a fresh look at the use of press-fit pin technology in electronic hardware.”

This document will be IPC’s second significant standard developed to support the rapidly growing automotive electronics industry. The development of standards continues to be one of the IPC’s core value propositions and the automotive electronics industry is one of the key verticals in Europe.

“IPC views this press-fit pin standard activity as an important step in our mission to deliver value to our growing membership in Europe and to help make them more financially successful,” added Sanjay Huprikar, IPC vice president of member success. “As we continue to utilize our European members as strong voices and champions in the development of our educational offerings and events, we are encouraging these members to get more involved in developing standards for the industry.”

For more information on IPC standards, visit www.ipc.org/standards.

 

IPC’s Final 2015 PCB Market Size Estimates and Growth Rates Reported in North American PCB Market Report.

The North American PCB Market Report, published last week by IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® reported IPC’s final estimates of 2015 market size for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits in North America.

Although North American PCB production decreased 4.3 percent in 2015 to $2.9 billion, the PCB market grew 1.4 percent to an estimated $3.4 billion. Growth in the North American PCB market was driven by flexible circuit sales, which increased in double digits in 2014, while rigid PCB sales declined slightly. The outlook for PCB sales in the coming year is for continued slow growth, with normal seasonal patterns.

In addition to providing timely data on PCB market size, sales and order growth, the monthly report also shows data on key leading indicators, including order backlogs and book-to-bill ratios by industry segment, as well as one-year forecasts. Trends in sales of boards to the military and medical markets are reported, as well as trends in prototype sales. Data are reported for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits separately. The rigid PCB data are further segmented by company size tiers, and percentages of board sales using embedded technology, RF circuits and metal core are reported. Flexible circuit data includes trends in bare circuit versus assembly revenue sources. The data come from IPC’s North American PCB Statistical Program, which has tracked the industry for more than 50 years.

A one-year subscription to the monthly report is available for $1,200 per year, with a discounted annual price of $600 for IPC members. More information on this report and other IPC reports can be found at www.ipc.org/market-research-reports or by contacting the IPC market research team at marketresearch@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2868.

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