World Electronic Circuits Council issues report on global PCB production
Nov 09, 2006
The World Electronic Circuits Council (WECC), a global partnership of major electronic circuits industry trade associations, announces the publication of its first collaborative statistical report, "WECC Global PCB Production Report - 2005 Baseline Data." With data from companies in the major producing countries/regions included, total PCB production in 2005 is estimated at just over 42.4 billion (U.S. dollars).
In 2005, the member organizations of WECC (of which IPC - Association Connecting Electronic Industries® is a founding member) formed a working group to pool their statistical data and produce a global statistical report on printed circuit board (PCB) production for the benefit of their members. "Combining statistics from eight organizations into one global report was an enormous challenge," said Sharon Starr, member of the WECC global statistics working group and IPC director of market research. "Among the eight WECC associations, there were differences in the data collected due to the use of different product categories, definitions and methodologies. We all had to make adjustments in our programs to standardize our data. This effort took nearly two years to bring to fruition, but we overcame the hurdles and are now able to move forward with a new and extremely valuable source of global PCB statistics for our members."
The 2005 baseline report includes estimates of PCB production by country or region and product category based on the data collected by the WECC organizations from their member PCB companies. Future reports will be published semi-annually and will include year-on-year growth rates and current-year forecasts.
Currently, the reports are available to selected members of associations participating in WECC. For additional information on the report, please contact Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research at +1 847-597-2817 or SharonStarr@ipc.org.