Flexible Printed Circuit Boards to Touch More Than $20 Billion in Early 2020s

Published January 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – If technology is your area of expertise, you may have an opportunity to make revenue by producing Flexible Printed Circuits.

What are Flexible Printed Circuits?

In technical terms then Flexible Printed Circuits are “A pattern of conductive traces bonded on a flexible substrate.”

However, in consumer oriented language it can be said that Flexible Printed Circuits are an energy efficient and a dependable way to implement electronics. They are a perfect solution to the electronic packaging needs. They are also said sometimes as the circuits that can flex or flexible printed circuit boards (FPCB). However the set of rules used by a PCB design software for designing and fabricating a flexible printed circuit board are different than a normal printed circuit board. Their functionality is entirely different.

Factors Responsible for the popularity of FPCBs:

There are many reasons for the growing popularity and the rising demand of FPCBs:

Ever growing demand of smart phones, tabs and other hand-held devices.

Application of FPCBs in various other industries like automobile, healthcare, defence and consumer electronics.

They are highly cost effective.

These FPCBs are used to join and support  various electrical parts plus the fact that FPCBs can be bent, folded and conditioned in any shape or thickness; it provides the designer with infinite number of design alternatives for an electronic package. Even the assembly and handling costs are pretty less as compared to traditional electronic packages.

FPCBs are lighter, more functional and much smaller than traditional printed circuit boards.

FPCBs: Market Trends

The worldwide global FPCB market can be divided into three parts: single-sided flex circuit, double-sided flex circuit and multi-layer flex circuit and rigid flex circuits.

In 2017, the market of multi-layer flexible printed circuit boards was the largest and it is predicted that the market of rigid flex circuits will grow at a much faster rate now as they contain the qualities of both hard board as well as flex circuit.

On the basis of industries where FPCBs are being used; consumer electronics holds the top spot in 2017. Also health care industry is using FPCBs on a much broader scale. They are used in pacemaker, neuro-stimulation, modulation devices and much more.

The rapidly developing areas of Asia –Pacific has been predicted to hold the major portion of the universal flexible printed circuit board market while Latin America and Middle East African region is emerging out fast in terms of usage of flexible printed circuit board.

Even automobile industry is showing keen interest in flexible printed circuit boards as the same are used in display navigation and indicative safety features of the vehicle.

The big names which are actively involved in the usage, manufacturing and research of flexible printed circuit boards are Career Technology, Felxcom Inc., NOK Corporation, Nitto Denko Corporation, Daeduck GDS, Fujikura Ltd, Interflex Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, Multi-FinelineElectronix Inc. and NewFlex technology Co. Ltd.

The ultimate potential, however, of a flexible printed circuit board is endless as they are not finite in terms of design and usage but are only limited by the designer’s imagination.

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