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Technology Convergence Critical for PCB Fabrication

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 Technology Convergence Critical for PCB Fabrication 

The PCB industry is showing signs of life, which indicates that the pendulum is swinging in a more positive direction economically, but we’re not quite ready to uncork the champagne. A June 2013 report by Research & Markets forecast that the global PCB fabrication industry alone will reach about $94 billion in 2017, with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.1% during this period. If we include assembly and test, the prediction exceeds $1 trillion. This is encouraging news for those of us in the PCB design, fabrication, and assembly markets, driven by consumer demand for high-end products loaded with high-performance features and functionality. Much of the growth will be in the Asia/Pacific market, with China leading as a primary manufacturing country, particularly with the increasing appreciation of Chinese currency and increasing costs of raw materials, such as copper. As a result, today’s designers will be challenged to develop sophisticated new products that can be manufactured cost-effectively and efficiently. Another trend reported by iSuppli (IHS iSupply Outsourced Manufacturing, November 2012) focusing on electronics OEMs indicates their plans to reduce the number of contract manufacturers they work with over the next year. This decision to reduce vendors is based on the need to trim their outsourced manufacturing suppliers to reduce costs, which include EMS provider and original design manufacturers (ODM). Currently, OEMs average about eight external contractors. Critical changes that OEM decision-makers must undertake with their vendors include lead-time reduction and price negotiation, according to the iSuppli study, which covered OEMs in all facets of the electronics industry: computing, communications, automotive/transportation, consumer electronics, and industrial. With China remaining a lower-cost labor force, other concerns include labor law compliance and product quality. Again, electronics companies who design and manufacture products will need to determine best practices to survive during these turbulent times since the PCB industry appears to be on an upward path. About PCB Manufacturing China DaShunChang Electronic is a quality oriented PCB manufacturer with 15 year’s experience. Our main products are single side PCB,double side PCB, multi-layer PCB as well as FPC, Aluminum PCB, High Frequency PCB and Heavy Copper PCB. Our products are mainly used in areas such as industrial control, medical equipment, automobile electronics, telecommunication, security products and consumer electronics.