PCB Development Trends

Any electronic products need to use PCBs. In recent years, electronic products have developed rapidly. Mobile phones, computers, game devices, and recently hot AR, VR, and 3D smart devices have all developed rapidly and will certainly drive the development of the PCB industry. What are the trends in the development of the PCB industry? The following are brief introductions to the following:


1. Production value

In 2012, the global PCB output value reached US$54.410 billion. By 2017, the global PCB will maintain a 3.9% growth. The overall scale of 2017 will be expected to reach US$65.654 billion. With the rise and boost of new medical electronic devices, the Internet of Things, smart homes, and smart cities will boost the growth of the electronic information industry. It is predicted that by the middle of 2020, there will be over 300 billion U.S. dollars worth of PCBs.


2. Regional changes

Before 2000, 70% of global PCB output was distributed in three regions: Europe, the Americas (mainly North America), and Japan. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the focus of the PCB industry has continued to shift to the Asian region, forming a new industry structure, especially in China and Southeast Asia.


In 2012, the output value of PCB in mainland China reached US$21.136 billion, accounting for 39.84% of the total PCB output value in the world. From 2008 to 2012, the annual compound annual growth rate of China's PCB output value reached 9.52%, which was higher than the global growth rate. In 2017, China's PCB output value will reach 28.972 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for 44.13% of the world's total output value.


3. Industrial structure

With the rapid development of technology in the electronic circuit industry, chip-based and integrated applications of components have become increasingly widespread, and electronic products have become more prominent in PCB density requirements. The PCB gradually develops in the direction of high density, high integration, fine lines, small apertures, large capacity, and thin and light, and the technical content and complexity are continuously improving.


High-end PCB products such as high-rise boards, HDI boards, IC carrier boards, flexible boards, rigid-flex boards, etc. began to dominate the PCB market. It is estimated that by 2018, the proportion of high-tech boards represented by high-rise boards, HDI boards, IC carriers, and flexible boards will reach 65.58%, becoming the mainstream of the market.


In addition, electronic products have the trend of miniaturization and integration. The miniaturization of electronic products puts higher requirements on the high-density design of PCBs. The design of chips with smaller package sizes, blind buried holes for PCB boards, and laser hole designs are all new. Design trend.