More than 33 percent of U.S. military printed circuit boards are manufactured offshore, IPC says
BANNOCKBURN, Ill. 13 May 2011. One-third of printed circuit boards for U.S. military applications are manufactured outside North America, and domestic board supplies could play a larger role in supplying military technology needs by supplying larger numbers of low-tech boards, according to a study by market analysts at IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries in Bannockburn, Ill. The U.S. military market for circuit boards is between $1.05 billion and $1.23 billion, IPC analysts say, making the value of military circuit boards manufactured offshore to be $350 to $373 million.
"The industry recommends that DOD should also source non-critical technology from North American manufacturers to support a robust and technical advanced domestic supply base," says Denny McGuirk, IPC president and chief executive officer.
IPC experts will meet with members of Congress in mid-June to discuss the importance of U.S and Canadian circuit board manufacturers for the U.S. defense industry, the complexities of conflict minerals regulations, and government over-regulation.
For more information contact IPC online at www.ipc.org/CHD.