Since the production of printed circuit boards is in the latter half of electronic equipment manufacturing, it is called the downstream industry of the electronics industry. Almost all electronic devices need the support of printed circuit boards, so printed circuit boards are the product with the highest market share in the global electronic component products.

Currently, Japan, China, Taiwan, Western Europe and the United States are the main PCB manufacturing bases.

Benefiting from the alternate support of new terminal products and new markets, the global PCB market has successfully achieved recovery and growth. According to statistics from the Hong Kong Circuit Board Association (HKPCA), the global PCB market will develop steadily in 2011 and is expected to grow by 6-9%, while China is expected to grow by 9-12%. The analysis report of Taiwan Industrial Research Institute (IEK) predicts that the global PCB output value will increase by 10.36% in 2011, reaching USD 41.615 billion.

According to Prismark’s analytical data and the report issued by the Industrial Securities R&D Center, the changes in PCB application structure and product structure reflect the future development trend of the industry. In recent years, with the decline in the output value of single/dual panel and multi-layer boards, the increase in the output value of HDI boards, package carrier boards, and soft boards indicates that the growth of applications in computer motherboards, communication backplanes, and automotive boards has been relatively slow. HDI boards, packaging boards and soft boards for high-end mobile phones, notebook computers and other “light, thin, short and small” electronic products will continue to grow rapidly.

North America
The American Printed Circuit Board Association (IPC) announced that in February 2011, the overall book-to-bill ratio of printed circuit board manufacturers in North America was 0.95, which means that for every $100 product shipped that month, only Received a new order worth $95. The B/B value has been below 1 for the fifth consecutive month, and the industry boom in North America has not rebounded substantially.

· The Japanese earthquake will affect the supply of some PCB raw materials in the short-term, and the medium and long-term will help transfer production capacity to Taiwan and China
· High-end PCB manufacturers are accelerating their expansion in the mainland, and the transfer of technology, capacity and orders to the mainland is the general trend
· Taiwan’s China Times Electronic News reported that Japan’s supply chain is broken, and PCB manufacturers in China and South Korea will become big winners

Taiwan, China
· Taiwan Industrial Research Institute (IEK) analysts pointed out that in 2011, Taiwan’s PCB industry is expected to grow by 29% thanks to the overall global economic recovery and the support of consumption in emerging countries.

Move to China.
CIC Consulting’s analysis report pointed out that China’s printed circuit board industry will enter a period of rapid growth under the situation of domestic sales growth and continuous global production capacity transfer. By 2014, the scale of China’s printed circuit board industry will increase to 41.92% of the global share.

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