IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries®has released the spring 2009 edition of its quarterly business report,Supply Chain Tracker, which shows not just continuing economic contraction but the first signs of recovery in the electronics industry.
IPC’s global statistical programs for several key industry
segments all show worsening year-on-year growth rates in first quarter
2009,after growth rates turned negative in late 2008. IPC’s North American
Electronics Industry Performance Index, a new addition toSupply
Chain Trackerthat monitors the performance of the North American
electronics supply chain, fell 29
percent, marking the third straight quarter it has declined.
Some leading indicators, however, are beginning to show
improvement. The April 2009 book-to-bill ratio for the North American printed
circuit board (PCB) industry climbed for the third straight month from 0.89 to
0.97. This ratio still indicates lagging demand, but it is trending toward 1.0,
the point of parity between bookings and shipments. The North American EMS
book-to-bill ratio inched up to 0.95 at the end of first quarter. Semiconductor
sales, while still in negative territory, improved in first quarter 2009.
Supply Chain Trackercontains the latest
findings from IPC’s statistical programs for industries across the electronic
interconnect supply chain. It includes macroeconomic data, leading indicators
and analysis of industry trends. Together they provide a complete picture of
the industry and the supply chain dynamics that affect businesses. The
quarterly business report is available by subscription and as a free benefit of
membership to IPC member companies.
For more information, visitwww.IPC.org.