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Shades of 1995: Booming orders, Longer Lead Times & a PCB/Equipment Order Imbalance (June 2000)

Shades of 1995: Booming orders, Longer Lead Times & a PCB/Equipment Order Imbalance by Walt Custer June 1st, 2000 Business is good - perhaps too good. The March North American rigid PCB book/bill ratio reached 1.34 on a 1-month basis - the highest it has been since 1987 (Chart 1). March rigid PCB orders were up 44% and flex up 47% versus March 1999 (Charts 2 and 3). Unfortunately some of this massive PCB order growth may be "false" - the result of double ordering due to long lead times. In m…

The question is not why Sanmina is buying Hadco, but what they'll keep (April 2000)

April 25, 2000


Competitive PWB manufacturing...What is needed to maintain a viable PCB industry in Europe? (April 2000)

Competitive PWB manufacturing... What is needed to maintain a viable industry in Europe ? by Philip Britton   Philip L.BRITTON   (Dip. I.M.; F.Inst. C.T.)   Marketing & Technology Manager   DuPont International S.A.   Geneva, Switzerland Phil Britton has worked in the Printed Circuit Industry for over 26 years. Initially involved in process development in the military/avionics fields, he joined the Electrionic Materials Division of DuPont in 1978. He is currently European Marketing & Te…

PCBs and Semiconductors Continue to Surge (April 2000)

April 02, 2000

Interview: W. Doerflinger (AT&S): "AT&S has become the largest European PCB manufacturer" (April)

Willibald DörflingerChairman of the board of directors of Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik "AT&S has become the largest European PCB manufacturer" In terms of growth and technology, AT&S is perhaps one of the most brilliant printed circuit board manufacturers in Europe today. And that could be good news for the future improvement of the European PCB industry. But then, telecom helps, says Willibald Dörflinger, chairman of the board of directors of Austria Technologie & System…

PCB Expansion Continues (March 2000)

Mar. 07, 2000

Durable goods orders: large drop in electronics - what does it mean?!

by Walt Custer

1999: Not a bad finish

Feb. 07, 2000

Good Business (and some useful data sources)

Jan. 10, 2000

Continued Optimism - but Some Concerns about the End Market Data

Dec. 07, 1999

Component Shortages + Strong Demand = Price Increase Mentality?

Nov. 09, 1999

Schweizer, 150 anniversary



Timothy Conlon, President and COO of Viasystems Group, Inc. (Nov 1999)

Self portrait

Rumbling and Rambling - Taiwan Earthquake Repercussions and Thoughts on China

Oct. 08, 1999
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