Northbrook, Ill.--Jan. 27, 1998--The Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits (IPC; Northbrook) has released the U.S. Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for December 1997. The Book-to-Bill ratio for December 1997 was 1.04.
Sales billed (shipments) in December 1997, increased 12.8 percent over December 1996 and orders booked for December 1997 showed an increaseof 12.2 percent over December 1996.
As compared to 1996, 1997 bookings of PWBs increased 16.9 percent. 1997 shipments of PWBs increased 12.1 percent compared to 1996.
The information provided includes data for both rigid and flexible PWB manufacturers who participate in IPC's monthly Statistical Program. These participants represent over 40 percent of the U.S. domestic printed wiring board market.
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