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Electronics Industry Report Forecasts Slow Growth in Second Half of 2013
Jun 13, 2013
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The continuing economic crisis in the 17-nation euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery even as global economic growth is picking up, according to the latest quarterly report from electronics industry association IPC.

The report said that leading macroeconomic indicators and electronics supply chain indicators point to slow growth in the second quarter of 2013.

The data shows that, in the global electronics supply chain, only laminate and semiconductors showed positive year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2013, and the growth rates were meager. In North America, Q1 results were more mixed. Sales of solder and assembly equipment in the region enjoyed strong growth, while the EMS, PCB, laminate, and process consumables industries fell short of last year's sales levels.

The report said economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 46th consecutive month. IPC's performance index for the North American Electronics Industry forecasts slow growth in the coming months.

Another leading indicator for electronics supply chain sales growth in North America is the PCB book-to-bill ratio, which reached a 34-month high in April at 1.10, IPC pointed out. This may point to supply chain sales resuming positive growth momentum in the latter half of 2013.

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