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September PCB orders down 14.2% YoY.

BANNOCKBURN, IL -- North American PCB shipments in September fell 3.1%, while orders decreased 14.2% year-over-year, IPC said.

Year to date, shipments rose 4.5%, and orders were down 1.1%. Sequentially, combined shipments for September were up 3.8%; orders were up 13.3%. The book-to-bill ratio remained at 0.95.

For the month, rigid PWB shipments were down 3.8% year-over-year, while orders were down 16.4% compared to September last year. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were up 4.2%, and orders were down 0.8%. Sequentially, rigid PCB shipments increased 4.5% and orders increased 11%. The book-to-bill ratio moved up slightly to 0.96.

Flex circuit shipments were up 9%, and orders were up 25.2% compared to September 2007. Year to date, flex circuit shipments were up 9%, and orders were down 5.3%. Sequentially, flex circuit shipments were down 4.7%, while orders increased 50.8%. The book-to-bill ratio improved to 0.94.

In September, 86% of total PCB shipments reported were domestically produced. Domestic production accounted for 85 % of rigid PCB and 90% of flex circuit shipments by those surveyed. IPC does not disclose the number of companies participating in the survey.
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Title Annotation:AROUND THE WORLD
Publication:Printed Circuit Design & Fab
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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