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4 March 2016

IPC Releases Global Policy Framework, Announces Dates for “IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2016”

February 24, 2016 – The world’s leading advocate for the electronics industry today released its Global Policy Framework for 2016, and announced the dates of its major U.S. public policy advocacy event of the year, coming up in April.

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries®, headquartered in the United States, is a global industry association representing 3,700 member companies across the entire electronics supply chain. The group’s Global Policy Framework outlines its top public policy priorities to promote a strong manufacturing economy, targeting three broad areas:

  • Driving technological innovation and advanced manufacturing;
  • Promoting broad-based economic growth and a 21st century workforce; and
  • Advocating for cost-effective, science-based regulation.

Specific issues under these headings include public-private partnerships for manufacturing innovation, tax policy, STEM education and training, and environmental health and safety policy.

IPC also is announcing the dates of its major U.S. public policy advocacy event of the year, “IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2016: Building Tomorrow’s Advanced Manufacturing Economy,” taking place on April 18-20, in Washington, D.C.  IPC’s IMPACT events give C-level executives a unique opportunity to interact with senior policymakers on policy issues that affect the electronics industry. Highlights will include meetings with key leaders in Congress, the Executive Branch, and the leading presidential campaigns; briefings and discussions with industry colleagues; and an awards luncheon.

“IPC places a high priority on advocacy because government policies have a major impact on our industry,” said John Hasselmann, IPC vice president of government relations. “Government officials want to hear from our members about the real-world impact of the policies they consider.”

Registration for IMPACT 2016 runs from today through April 8. For more information, visit www.ipc.org/IMPACT-2016.

 

 

North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Increases to 1.04

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for January 2016

IPC have announced the January 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders slumped in January, but orders continued to outpace sales, bringing the book-to-bill ratio up to 1.04.

Total North American PCB shipments declined 1.6 percent in January 2016 compared to January 2015. Compared to December 2015, January 2015 shipments were down 19.2 percent.

PCB bookings fell 3.4 percent below the level of January 2015. Orders in January 2016 were down 14.3 percent from the previous month.

“Historically, January is a slow month for the PCB industry,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. “Although sales and orders in January were slightly below last year’s levels, orders continued to outpace sales, which brought the book-to-bill ratio back into positive territory. The ratio’s brief decline into negative territory near the end of last year is consistent with the current weak start to the new year,” she added, “but the return to positive ratios indicates the likelihood that slow growth will resume in 2016.”

Detailed Data Available

The next edition of IPC’s North American PCB Market Report, containing detailed January data from IPC’s PCB Statistical Program, will be available the first week in March. The monthly report presents detailed findings on rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales and orders, including separate rigid and flex book-to-bill ratios, military and medical market growth, demand for prototypes, and other timely data. This report is available free to current participants in IPC’s PCB Statistical Program and by subscription to others. More information about this report can be found atwww.ipc.org/market-research-reports.

Interpreting the Data

The book-to-bill ratios are calculated by dividing the value of orders booked over the past three months by the value of sales billed during the same period from companies in IPC’s survey sample. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply, which is a positive indicator for sales growth over the next three to six months. A ratio of less than 1.00 indicates the reverse.

Year-on-year and year-to-date growth rates provide the most meaningful view of industry growth. Month-to-month comparisons should be made with caution as they reflect seasonal effects and short-term volatility. Because bookings tend to be more volatile than shipments, changes in the book-to-bill ratios from month to month might not be significant unless a trend of more than three consecutive months is apparent. It is also important to consider changes in both bookings and shipments to understand what is driving changes in the book-to-bill ratio.

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 at the end of each month. Statistics for the current month are normally available in the last week of the following month.

 

IPC IN BRUSSELS

IPC is pleased to announce the official opening of our new office in Brussels, Belgium. The office will deliver the full suite of IPC products and services, including member support, standards development activities, educational opportunities, and more to all members in Europe.

Over the next several months, Director of Operations, Aleš Šinkovec and his staff will be reaching out to you, our member companies in Europe, to share new initiatives and opportunities to participate in Europe-focused activities and events.

Having an office and an enthusiastic staff in Brussels led by Aleš, is a very important step in our ongoing mission to deliver value and provide support to you. We are excited about new initiatives in standards development, the launch of a European electronics council and public affairs efforts that we will be announcing and sharing with you in the coming weeks.

Over the years, IPC has made great strides to become an association serving the needs of a global industry. We believe strongly in supporting the European electronics market and will work to support you to achieve competitive excellence and financial success.

The IPC office in Brussels is located at Boulevard du Souverain 280, 1160 Brussels (Auderghem) Belgium; Phone number: +32 (0)2 740 22 35.

If you have any questions regarding the office in Brussels or its initiatives, please contact us at SanjayHuprikar@ipc.org.

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