North American PCB Sales and Orders Decrease in November 2018
Total North American PCB shipments in November 2018 were down 3% percent compared to the same month last year.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries® recently announced the November 2018 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-over-year sales and order growth turned negative in November, and the book-to-bill ratio declined to 1.01.
Total North American PCB shipments in November 2018 were down 3% percent compared to the same month last year. Compared to the preceding month, November shipments decreased 9.9%.
PCB bookings in November were down 12.5% year-over-year, while year-to-date order growth was 6.6% above the same period last year. Bookings in November were down 16.6% from the previous month.
“North American PCB industry sales growth in November fell into negative territory for the first time in 16 months, and orders also decreased sharply compared to the same month last year,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. “The decrease in orders brought the PCB book-to-bill ratio down to its lowest level in almost two years. It is still in positive territory, but just barely. The 22-month run of positive ratios may be nearing its end, but it still offers an indication of potential sales growth for a few more months at least.”
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