IPC Supply Chain Tracker to make debut this Spring
Jan 28, 2005
IPC announces the launch of a new quarterly business data report, the IPC Supply Chain Tracker, this spring. The inaugural edition of the report will be published in May and will make its official debut at the Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) spring conference in Baltimore.
IPC collects a complete range of unique market data on the electronic interconnection industry. Segments of this data are used by a wide variety of groups, from financial analysts on Wall Street to company CEOs. The IPC Supply Chain Tracker will now "roll up" these individual market segments into a comprehensive view of the electronic interconnection industry, from solder, laminate, process consumables and assembly equipment to PCB fabrication, assembly and OEM industries.
Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research, explains the value of the report, "Users will find data and analysis that shows them how related industries are affecting their own industry and their companies. Leading indicators will help them plan for changes in the business environment. In short, the report will give them information they can use to make better decisions."
She adds, "For example, growth rates in solder, semiconductor and assembly equipment shipments can help both PCB and EMS companies anticipate growth in the demand for their services. For OEMs, growth in orders for PCBs and electronic equipment can also be useful leading indicators of growth in their industries. U.S. federal interest rates lead electronic equipment orders by 12 to 18 months. This and other data from government sources, augmented by forecasts, will paint a complete picture of where the industry is headed every quarter."
The IPC Supply Chain Tracker's unique market data, that's not available from any other source, will be available to all TMRC member facilities in 2005. Beginning in 2006, companies must be members of TMRC and participate in one of IPC's monthly or quarterly statistical programs to receive the report. Exceptions will be made for companies, such as OEMs, in industry segments not currently served by an IPC statistical program.
For more information about the IPC Supply Chain Tracker or TMRC membership, contact Sharon Starr at 847-597-2817 or SharonStarr@ipc.org.