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World PCB market grew 1.7 percent in 2012

The world market for PCBs reached nearly USD 60 billion in 2012, with 1.7 percent real growth over 2011, according to IPC’s World PCB Production Report for the Year 2012.
“The report’s estimates are developed through a consensus process involving leading analysts worldwide and the data is trusted within the industry,” says Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research. “If you need to know what kinds of PCBs are being made where, the World PCB Production Report will tell you, in detail.”

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The report shows Asia with 90 percent of world PCB production. China’s share of world production is now 42.8 percent and Japan is now a distant second with 16 percent. South Korea had a great year in 2012, surpassing Taiwan and moving into third place. The United States held onto its fifth place rank with just under a 5 percent share. Vietnam is the newest addition to the Top-10 list of PCB-producing countries, with just under 1 percent.

This year’s report takes a technology-based approach to estimating PCB production, detailing PCB production in each country of single-sided, double-sided, standard multilayer, high-performance, IC package substrates, flexible circuits and rigid flex. Among the PCB categories covered, rigid flex saw the highest growth in 2012.

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