With the rapid changes of innovative applications and the demand for thin and flexible electronic products, the PCB industry strives to keep up with new-generation products and key materials and accelerate smart manufacturing. Sponsored by Unitech Printed Circuit Board Corp. and Wuchine Enterprise Co., Ltd., the Taiwan Advanced Electronic Circuits Trend Forum was held by the Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) on August 23 and 24. The topics of the Forum included end-market and PCB forecasts, smart manufacturing, PCB fine-line and fan-out, and FPC fine-line and MASAP. Top manufacturers, such as Panasonic, Unimicron Corporation, Mektec Industrial Corp, Ltd., and Dupont Taiwan, participated in the Forum.
In “End Applications and New Trends of Electronic Manufacturing”, Manager Tai, Yi-Fan from Might Electronic Co., Ltd. discussed the manufacturing process of new products from the perspective of EMS manufacturers, as well as how to commercialize the concept of combining daily supplies with electronic technology in cooperation with venture capital. In “Advanced Driving Aids and IoV Applications”, Associate Professor Su, Ching-Long from National Yunlin University of Science and Technology fully demonstrated the R&D capacity of the ADAS software system and discussed the business opportunities for IoV and ADAS applications.
The “PCB Industry 2017H2 Forecasts” were presented by Senior Industry Analyst Tung, Chung-Ming from Industrial Technology Research Institute IEK. According to the Global Economic Growth Forecast published by the International Monetary Fund in July, the growth rate in 2017 and 2018 is estimated to be 3.5% and 3.6%, respectively, demonstrating the increasing visibility of global economic growth and a decrease in uncertainties. In the first half of 2017, the output value of cross-strait production and foreign production in Taiwan totaled NT$26.38 billion, an increase of 1.6% compared to the same period last year. Due to the appreciation of the NTD, the growth rate of the USD-denominated revenue was reduced by nearly 5% to 6%. Benefiting by 5% of the growth of mobile phone shipments in the first half of 2017, the shipments of flex boards, rigid-flex boards, and HDI boards increased; due to higher wafer integration and fan-out packaging, the percentage of load boards in the overall PCB industry continued to decrease. Compared to the decline last year, the overall PCB output value in 2017 is estimated to be NT$57.04 billion, showing a slight growth of 1%. Nevertheless, global competition is still intense with automation, listing, and an increase in international customers of Chinese manufacturers (Source: TPCA).