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Electronics Industry Supply Chains look healthy; Inventories Expand

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, September 1, 2023 – Though cost pressures continue to impact the electronics industry, product demand and inventories remain positive, leading to a healthy supply chain per IPC’s August 2023 Global Sentiment of the Electronics Supply Chain Report.

Over the next six months, electronics manufacturers expect to see continued increase in both labor and material costs, although to a lesser extent than current conditions.

Shawn DuBravac IPC Chief Economist

Conversely, while backlogs and profit margins are expected to improve, ease of recruitment is likely to remain challenging.

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Shawn DuBravac IPC Chief Economist

Additional survey data show:

  • The Labor Costs Index rose four points in August. The index remains extremely elevated. The electronics industry has yet to see a break in the trend of raising labor costs.
  • The Material Costs Index rose five points in August. This is the first monthly increase since October 2022. Future months will help determine if this rise was driven by data volatility or a more meaningful trend.
  • The Shipment Index rose solidly in August and remains in expansionary territory. The Orders Index rose one point and also remains in expansionary territory.
  • The Backlog Index rose in August but remains in contraction territory, though just barely. New orders and shipments seem well balanced in the electronics industry right now which has likely weakened backlogs.      

For the report, IPC surveyed hundreds of companies from around the world, including a wide range of company sizes representing the full electronics manufacturing value chain. View full report.

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About IPC

IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,200+ 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 Atlanta, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; Munich, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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