PCB Industry Shows Mixed February
Mar 26, 2010
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Rigid PCB shipments were up 9.4% while bookings increased 36.4% in February 2010 from February 2009 according to the IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries. Year to date rigid PCB shipments were up 3.6% and bookings were up 27.9%. Compared to the previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 4.7% and rigid bookings increased 8.1%.

Flexible circuit shipments were down 2.1% in February but bookings were down 37.4% compared to February 2009, IPC reported. Year to date flexible circuit shipments were down 3.1% and bookings were down 0.4%. Compared to the previous month, flexible circuit shipments went up 4.9% and flex bookings fell by 36.4%.

For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in February 2010 increased 8.5% from February 2009 and orders booked increased 29.1% from February 2009. Year to date, industry shipments were up 3.0% and bookings were up 25.6%. Compared to the previous month, combined industry shipments for February 2010 increased 4.8% and bookings went up 4.5%. The combined (rigid and flex) industry book-to-bill ratio in February 2010 increased to 1.07.

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