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January 18, 2008 - IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released the 2006-2007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Flexible Circuits in North America, which shows a decline in flex circuit production in North America but growth of companies in the region due to worldwide sales. Also announced were the 2006-2007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Rigid PCBs and Laminates in North America and Technology Trends for Printed Circuit Boards for the Year 2006.

IPC Issues Annual PCB Studies

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IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
3000 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL, 60015

Press release date: January 11, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., January 11, 2008 - IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has announced the release of three annual PCB studies: 2006-2007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Flexible Circuits in North America, 2006-2007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Rigid PCBs and Laminates in North America, and Technology Trends for Printed Circuit Boards for the Year 2006.

The flexible circuits study provides data and analysis on trends in the North American flexible circuit industry, including growth estimates and sales history, number of fabricators, global footprint of North American fabricators, industry end-markets served, trends in materials, sales and product type, and more. According to this report, flex circuit production in North America has declined, but companies in the region are growing due to worldwide sales.

The rigid PCB and laminates study covers industry growth forecasts, industry end-markets served, trends in high-density multilayer boards, production mix trends, new versus existing business growth, number and value of PCBs and panel produced, along with additional data. IPC has estimated the U.S. rigid PCB market in 2006 at approximately $4.3 billion. During the economic downturn after 2000, worldwide rigid PCB production declined sharply but began recovery in 2003. By 2006, it had surpassed its 2000 level, but the U.S. share had plunged to less than 10 percent. Growth in the PCB industry worldwide over the next two years is expected to be modest but steady.

The technology trends study presents data and analysis on trends in rigid PCB conductor width and spacing, metallic finishes, solder mask usage, multilayer production, laminate thickness and temperature, surface mounting, fine-pitch technology and other leading-edge technologies. Survey participants indicated that 21 percent of all laminates used were halogen-free, with an emerging market for halogen-free laminates, particularly in consumer electronics. With this technology in use, the market demand will continue to drive production growth.

All three studies are available to IPC members and nonmembers. The flexible circuits and rigid PCB studies cost $475 for IPC members and $950 for nonmembers. The technology trends study costs $250 for members and $500 for nonmembers. Members of IPC's Executive Market & Technology Forum receive the studies at no charge. For additional information on these studies or IPC's Executive Market & Technology Forum, contact Sreekala Bhagwat, IPC market research manager, at +1 330-677-5563 or

About IPC IPC is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,300 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of a $40 billion U.S. industry employing more than 350,000 people. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai, China. For more information, visit
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