STAMFORD, CT – Worldwide shipments of devices – PCs, tablets and mobile phones – totaled 2.28 billion units in 2017, according to Gartner. Shipments are on course to reach 2.32 billion units in 2018, an increase of 2.1%, says the firm.

Read more: Global Device Shipments to Increase 2% in 2018

FRANKFURT, GERMANY – In December, German electronics company revenues increased 5.8% year-over-year to $21.2 billion, says ZVEI.

Read more: Germany’s Dec. Electronics Revenues Up 6% to $21B

HAMPSHIRE, UK --  Specialized fitness wearables integrated into clothing and ear-based "hearables" will grow from an expected 4.5 million shipped in 2018 to nearly 30 million in 2022, an increase of more than 550%, a new report asserts. 

Read more: Electronics for Wearables, Hearables Becoming Ever More Fashionable

WASHINGTON – The global semiconductor industry posted sales of $412.2 billion in 2017, the industry’s highest-ever annual sales, up 21.6% year-over-year, says the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Read more: Global 2017 Semi Sales Up 21.6% to Record $412B

ALBANY, NY – The worldwide market for flexible printed circuit boards was $13.5 billion 2016, and will rise at a CAGR of 11% between 2017 and 2025, reaching $33.4 billion by the end of 2025, according to Transparency Market Research.

Read more: Flex PCB Market to Reach $33B by 2025

BANNOCKBURN, IL – North American printed circuit board orders in December grew 33.9% year-over-year, resulting in annual 2017 order growth of 8% compared to 2016. Orders were up 29.1% sequentially, says IPC.

Read more: N. American PCB Orders Up 34% in December

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