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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for February 2017
IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the February 2017 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Strong bookings growth pushed the PCB book-to-bill ratio up to 1.04.

Total North American PCB shipments in February 2017 were down 2.8 percent compared to the same month last year. This year to date, shipments are 3.4 percent below the same period last year. Compared to the preceding month, February shipments increased 3.4 percent.

PCB bookings in February grew by 8.4 percent year-on-year, bringing year-to-date bookings to 1.3 percent above the same period last year. Bookings were up 11.1 percent compared to the previous month.

"February’s rebound in PCB order growth was a welcome change in the North American market, which brought the PCB book-to-bill ratio back into positive territory" said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. "The recent sluggishness in PCB sales is a reflection of negative order growth in last quarter of 2016 and in January of this year. The current rebound in orders should help to strengthen PCB sales in the next several months," she added.
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