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MADISON, AL – STI Electronics Inc. experienced 32% growth in 2008, expanding into a 54,000-sq.ft. facility with more than half ISO-9000-certified manufacturing space and an expanded laboratory. The company has three business units: service, distribution, and training. Around two-thirds of its 800 customers worked with more than one of these divisions in 2008.
Engineering services – about two-thirds failure analysis and one-third material qualifications analysis – comprise the main business for STI, with distribution and training also playing key roles for customers. About 80% of training is off-site.
The company offers cleanliness, solderability, and environmental testing; scanning electron microscopy, and real-time X-ray inspection; microelectronics lab services; and prototype and contract manufacturing in its engineering services.
Distribution includes more than 100 manufacturer’s lines, local stock, tech support, and a vendor-managed inventory program.
The training program offered by STI includes IPC certification courses, including courses on specifications and standards; customized training; and training kits and dummy components for NPI, product test and verification, and other research.
The combined rigid and flex PCB industry book-to-bill for North America fell again in December 2008 and into January 2009, dropping to 0.89. The data show a 1% gain from 2007 to 2008, according to IPC.
- Flexible circuits shipments remain strong, IPC says. In December the sector saw a 1.08 book-to-bill ratio. In January 2009 this tipped down to 0.98. Bare circuits accounted for approximately 68–71% of their shipment value
- Rigid PCBs hit a 0.89 bookings-to-shipments ratio in December, which ticked down slightly to 0.89 in the first month of the new year. Rigid PCBs represent an estimated 90% of the current PCB industry in North America.
- Combined, rigid and flex PCBs from North American PCB manufacturers saw a 0.90 December book-to-bill; the January ratio hit 0.89.
- The information in IPC’s monthly PCB industry statistics is based on data provided by a representative sample of both rigid and flexible PCB manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. This sample changes each year in January, so month-to-month data is not yet available for the new year. SMT