BANNOCKBURN, IL – Rigid PCB shipments from North American fabricators fell 7.1% and bookings dropped 1.8% year-over-year in July, IPC reported Wednesday.
For all boards, shipments for the month decreased 6.7% year-over-year, and orders decreased 0.5%. Year to date, combined industry shipments are down 9.9% and bookings are down 13.3%, according to IPC’s report. 
Year to date, rigid PCB shipments are down 10.4% and bookings are down 14.6%. Rigid PCB shipments fell 17.7% and bookings decreased 17% sequentially, said IPC.
In July, flexible circuit shipments were down 0.8% and bookings were up 24.6% year-over-year.

Year to date, flexible circuit shipments are down 2.1% and bookings are up 9.1%. Flex shipments decreased 13.7% and flex bookings were down 12.8% sequentially, said IPC.
The rigid book-to-bill ratio was 1.02, and the flex book-to-bill ratio was 1.04.
The combined (rigid and flex) book-to-bill ratio was 1.02, IPC said. Compared to June, combined shipments are down 17.5% and bookings are down 16.7%.
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