Japan's PCB Industry
In terms of the global PCB industry ranking last year, the Chinese mainland overtook Japan to become the second largest in the world with a market share of 23%. The first is still Taiwan, with a market share of 31.3%.
It is understood that due to the global focus of PCB manufacturing in Taiwan and mainland China, the output value of PCB manufacturing in Japan continues to be compressed. The Japanese factory is considering the structural transformation and will focus on the expansion of materials and equipment with the mentality of "no shortage of orders".
May 28, according to the Japan Electronics Packaging Circuits Association; Japan's printed circuit board production fell 13.1% to 1.083 million square meters in March 2019 from the same month last year, the fourth consecutive month of decline, according to the latest statistics released by JPCA. Output fell 9.6 per cent to y37.427bn, the third consecutive monthly decline.
In terms of categories, Japanese Rigid PCB output in March fell 6.9% from the same month last year to 815,000 square metres, the fourth consecutive month of contraction. Output fell 3.2 percent to 26.523 billion yen, ending a 17-month streak of gains.
Flexible PCB output decreased 32.6% to 197,000 square meters, shrinking for the 22nd consecutive month; Output plunged 43.5 percent to 2.431 billion yen, the eighth consecutive monthly decline.
Substrates output fell 9.3% to 71,000 square meters, dipping into contraction for the first time in five months. Output fell 12.9 percent to 8.473 billion yen, the eighth consecutive monthly decline.
In the first quarter of 2019, PCB production fell 8.7% from the same period last year to 3.263 million square meters and 7.4% from the same period last year to 109.036 billion yen. In particular, the production of hard panels fell 3.4 percent to 2.441 million square meters and 0.5 percent to 75.982 billion yen. Softboard production fell 27.3% to 613,000 square meters and 35.0% to 8.832 billion yen. Module substrate production rose 2.4 percent to 209,000 square meters and fell 12.8 percent to 24.222 billion yen.