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IPC’s statistical programs for the global assembly equipment and solder industries are now open to new participants for 2018. The deadline for IPC members to sign up is April 6. Participation is free to IPC-member companies as a benefit of membership.
The statistical programs give participating IPC members access to timely market and management data that would be impossible for them to collect themselves and prohibitively expensive for individual companies to obtain from research firms. As a neutral and trusted third party, IPC collects sales, orders and other business data from the participating companies using a secure and confidential online survey system. In exchange, these companies receive the aggregate data monthly and comprehensive quarterly reports that reveal the latest market and management trends for the industry.
Participating companies use the data to inform their marketing, sales, planning, forecasting and financial activities. It helps them to track changes in their market shares, compare their business performance against industry averages in their size tiers and product segments, and identify growing and declining markets.
The solder statistical program is conducted in both English and Chinese. The report covers the volume of electronics-grade solder shipments by product type and by regional market, with quarterly growth rates and a lead-free breakdown. It also reports on the quarterly percentages of lead-free solder using SAC alloys. The assembly equipment statistical program tracks equipment sales in value and units by region and product type. Data are reported for pick-and-place equipment, ovens, screen printers, fluid dispensers, component storage towers and software, as well as AOI and x-ray inspection, test, board handling, selective soldering, rework and cleaning equipment, and other equipment categories. Three-month and 12-month sales predictions by the participating companies in aggregate are included in both programs’ reports.
IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,300-member+ companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China. For more information, click here.