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The likelihood of a recession later this year or next seems increasingly certain, but it may not be the massive disruption it is supposed to be. With financial analysts predicting that “the party is over” for PCB manufacturing, now may be the best time to invest.
In the July issue of PCB007 Magazine, we look at the strain on supply chain dynamics and how it’s affecting production across the globe.
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05/13/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced in the US Congress in favor of the PCB manufacturing industry. The US Printed Circuit Board Support Act of 2022, which was introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), encourages “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as investment by industry in factories, equipment, manpower training, research and development. The bill is a PCB-focused supplement to the semiconductor-focused CHIPS Act of 2021.
04/19/2022 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management Group
Although there are many Chinese companies currently selling in the US, I wanted to find one in Taiwan that is entering the US market. I was delighted to meet EISO Enterprise Co. Ltd., a PCB manufacturer located in Taiwan. I know that American companies usually look for global PCB partners in countries other than China, which made my conversation with Gary (Jung Kun) Chien all the more interesting, especially when he shared his thoughts on the US-China trade wars.
04/19/2021 | Hu Yang, Zhongtai Securities Research Center
According to the CCL Association, copper foil accounts for the largest proportion of raw materials (traditional CCL uses epoxy resin, fiberglass cloth and copper as raw materials). Thin plate copper foil is about 30% of the overall cost; in thick plates, copper represents 50%. In CCL production, using Shengyi technology and Chaohua technology as examples, raw material cost is about 88% of the total cost, labor is about 4%. Other costs such as equipment depreciation account for around 8%.