The latest report from the Association Connecting Electronic Industries shows rigid printed circuit board shipments were up 3.7 percent, but bookings decreased 7.7 percent in January compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Flexible circuit shipments were up 10.7 percent, with bookings increasing 5.3 percent.

For rigid printed circuit boards and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments increased 4.3 percent from January 2010, as orders booked decreased 6.5 percent. The combined rigid and flexible industry book-to-bill ratio in January 2011 posted a slight gain to 0.97.

“Both rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales followed normal seasonal patterns in January, with rigid sales decreasing and flex sales rebounding,” said Denny McGuirk, IPC president & CEO. “Orders still lag sales by a small margin. The good news is that sales in both segments are still ahead of the same month last year, and the numbers look stable.”

The complete January 2011 IPC printed circuit board report is available online.