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Printed Wiring Board Industry: Part 2 - 1 Companies and Facilities

 

A. Number of Companies and Facilities

There are approximately 700 to 750 independent PWB manufacturing facilities in the U.S. In addition, there are approximately 70 captive printed wiring board facilities. The geographic distribution is shown in Table 1-1.

Region Description # of PWB Facilities
Area States Captive Independent
New England
Mid-Atlantic
South Atlantic
Southeast
South Central
Mid-Central
North Central
East Central
Mountain States
Northwest
No. California
So.California
Canada
VT, NH, MA, CT, ME, RI
PA, NY, NJ
VA, WV, MD, DE, NC, SC
TN, MS, AL, GA, FL, PR
TX, OK, AR,LA
IL, KS, MO, NE
MT, ND, SD, MN, IA, WI
MI, IN, OH, KY
WY, CO, UT, NV, AZ, NM
OR, WA, AK, HI

AB, MB, ON, QU, BC, SA
9
6
6
7
6
4
8
5
7
4
0
6
2
65
68
26
49
45
53
62
48
43
21
85
134
48
Total 70 747

Source: Kirk-Miller Associates, 1994.

Table 1-1. Distribution of PWB Manufacturing Facilities, 1994.
The states with the highest PWB manufacturing are California, Minnesota, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Arizona. However, there are PWB manufacturing facilities in virtually all 50 states and territories.

B. Size of Companies

In sheer numbers, the vast majority of PWB manufacturers are small to medium enterprises with annual sales under $10 million. The breakdown of the number of companies by size is shown in Table 1-2. These numerous smaller companies control only about 20% to 25% of the market dollar volume, while the largest 40 or so companies with annual sales over $20 million control about 55% of the dollar volume of the PWB market. A breakdown of market share by size of company is shown in Figure 1-1.;

Annual Sales Number of Companies Average Shipments per Company Total Shipments
Over $50 Million 14 $95 $1,330
$20 to $50 Million 30 $31 $1,116
$10 to $20 Million 40 $14 $672
$5 to $10 Million 85 $7 $595
Under $5 Million 500 ormore $<1 $349
Totals Over 650 $4,062

Source: IPC Technology Marketing Research Council, June 1994.

Table 1-2. U.S. Independent PWB Manufacturers: Number and Size of Company by Sales (all dollars are in millions).

U.S. Independent PWB Manufacturers:  Number and Size of Company by Sales (all dollars are in millions)

The PWB industry directly employs approximately 75,000 people. Of this number, about 68% of employment is concentrated in production jobs the highest ratio of production jobs for U.S. electronic manufacturing. Approximately 50% is the average for other electronic sectors. These employment figures do not include jobs generated by the related PWB material and equipment suppliers of the industry, nor the OEMs that produce PWBs for internal use.


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