March 20, 2013

Flexible printed circuit technology - Growing opportunities for CML customers

One of the responsibilities of a leading global PCB provider is to support customers with knowledge, enabling them to make the right decisions when it comes to selecting special technologies.


The global FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits) market is expected to roughly grow by 50% from 2011 to 2015 (12 Bio USD) – about 9% annually.


European FPC producer as well as US FPC producer hold a fairly small portion of the global production volume (Europe 2% and US 9%).


Nevertheless, the overall market demand for FPC remains very strong also in the western hemisphere.


To fill the gap between local production and actual demand is exactly where the PCB provider CML comes into play. With a new manufacturing partner dedicated to flex and rigid-flex production CML is prepared to serve this growing market segment.


Nearly 50% of FPC boards produced are single sided boards, about 35% are double-sided boards, and the rest is almost equally distributed between flex multilayer and rigid-flex boards.


Given the important advantage that flex technology supports hardware design optimization, CML sees a lot of upward potential in this technology segment in the western world in the years to come.


CML decided to invest time and resources to provide customers with a technical facts and figure guide to support the decision making process when it comes to selecting and designing the right flex technology for individual projects.