ECA reports continued upswing in electronic component orders

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 Oct. 2006. – Electronic component orders in September continued the upward momentum from August, according to the four-to-five-week index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies, and Materials Association (ECA) in Arlington, Va.

Oct 16th, 2006

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 Oct. 2006. – Electronic component orders in September continued the upward momentum from August, according to the four-to-five-week index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies, and Materials Association (ECA) in Arlington, Va.

The 12-month average, showing results over the last year, remained relatively flat.

The pattern depicted by the ECA report is remarkably similar to last year; if it holds, the upswing will continue through October and subside in November before the holidays. So far, 2006 has been a solid year, perhaps showing that manufacturers have a good grasp on supply and demand, says ECA President Bob Willis.

"Electronics supply and demand is not a chain, but a wheel with continuous flow among raw materials, production, distribution, consumption and recycling," Willis says. "The key is understanding what is happening within this complex system of interdependent groups, and having the collective understanding to adjust quickly. The stability of the marketplace shows that the industry has implemented programs to better anticipate and react to vagaries throughout the electronics flow wheel."

The ECA represents manufacturers and producers of passive and active electronic components, component arrays and assemblies, and materials and support services. It is a sector of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), representing more than 1,300 companies.

For more information contact the ECA online at www.ec-central.org.

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