The Components Industry - Dictated by Customer needs
Developments within the components industry are of course of crucial importance for the PCB industry, but they also have implications for the future of the Electronics industry as a whole. In order to get a picture of how developments in the components industry is progressing, we turned to Anders Pettersson, Technical Marketing Manager at ST Microelectronics, a global leader in the semiconductor market.
High product mix - A trend that puts high demands on the factories
During the past ten years the quantities of PCBs on purchase orders placed with PCB manufacturers have gradually lessened, while the number of different designs per order have increased. This has come about as a result of shorter product life cycles, customers’ need for greater flexibility, more rapid time to profit and a reluctance to tie-up capital. This trend is becoming more pronounced each year, with the entire supply chain now having to adapt, this applies to systems, as well as the choice of factories.