IPC reports first dip in EMS industry sales since 1985

MAY 7--IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries (Northbrook, IL) has released its report 2001 Analysis of the North American Market for Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS), which details industry trends for the EMS industry in 2001.

May 7th, 2002

MAY 7--IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries (Northbrook, IL) has released its report 2001 Analysis of the North American Market for Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS). The document (IPC-TMRC-01-M), which was commissioned by the Technology Market Research Council, details industry trends for the EMS industry in 2001. All information was produced from data provided to IPC from 37 North American EMS providers with approximate 2001 net sales of $8.7 billion, representing nearly 30% of the total estimated North American independent electronics-assembly industry in 2001.

According to the report, because of the overall slow down of the North American economy and lagging sales in the communications market, the EMS industry, with an estimated $35.8 billion in sales in 2001, experienced a negative growth rate last year for the first time since 1985. Despite the $3.6 billion downturn from 2000 sales of $39.4 billion, the IPC continues to positively project the EMS industry's future, forecasting $60.1 billion in sales by the year 2005.

The EMS industry continues to predominately cater to the computer (41.1%) and communications (32.2%) markets. However, the instrumentation sector (consisting of test-and-measurement equipment, medical instruments, medical testers, and analytical, nuclear, laser, scientific, and implant devices) experienced a 3.9% increase, reporting a 9.9% share of the markets served by the EMS industry in 2001.

The 80-page document is available in hard copy and electronic formats and can be purchased for $375 by IPC members and $525 by nonmembers through the IPC Online Store at www.ipc.org/onlinestore or by contacting IPC Customer Service at orderipc@ipc.org or 847-790-5362.

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