The NCAB Group continuously maps events on the PCB market. Its findings are compiled and presented in the quarterly NCAB Group Market Watch report, used both internally, within the organisation and also made available to NCAB’s customers.
Every year, NCAB group invites a number of its customers to participate in a Production Insight Trip to the city of Shenzhen in China. As the name suggests, these trips are designed to give participants a broad and practical understanding of the PCB manufacturing process and of NCAB’s operations in China. The programme comprises visits to a number of NCAB’s most important factories as well as attending training sessions covering issues relating to PCB production.
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.
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.
Prototypes play a decisive role on the road from the drawing board to finished PCB. We asked Mark Tomba, in charge of PCB purchases at Stoneridge Electronics, to describe their approach with regard to PCB prototyping and what is important for them. He strongly underlines the importance of quality and short lead times.