The Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) released December’s shipment data. Full year data is posted for 2020, so it’s time to review the industry’s performance.
Last year was historical and unforgettable for obvious reasons. Everyone and every industry throughout the world were affected from the pandemic. Modern transportation accelerated the infection, and modern technology kept us connected through social media and webinars. Pharmaceutical companies developed vaccines in record time. There is an opportunity to improve distribution logistics for vaccinations, but I know this will improve and vaccinations will be administered for anyone that wants one during the summer.
Taiwan managed the pandemic better than any other country – 924 total cases and 9 deaths. The Taiwanese PCB industry reported record revenues for 2020. The pandemic provided a boost for electronics from the “Work from Home” employees who drove sales for Notebooks, Laptops, Desktop Computers, Monitors and any hardware related to an internet connection. Taiwanese manufacturers have the lion’s share of market in this industry, and accordingly, PCB manufacturers in Taiwan have been out straight since the second half of 2020.
The monthly production for rigid circuit boards set a new record in September, and that volume continued throughout the 4th quarter 2020. YTD revenue in 2020 reached 480 billion NT$, a 4.9% grow from the previous year. Flexible circuits recorded negative growth during the first three quarters due to the delayed release of Apple’s new iPhone 12. A huge rally from Apple and other manufacturers pushed December’s revenue to 25.3 billion NT$, a 59.2% increase compared to the same month in 2019. This incredible growth increased the total revenue for flexible circuits in 2020 to 187billion NT$, a 7.5% increase year over year.
Total revenue for all segments within the Taiwanese PCB industry reached 667 billion NT$ in 2020, a 5.6% grow compared with the previous year.
Historically, electronics production during the first two months in Taiwan slows down because of the Chinese New Year. However, demands within the supply chain remain strong. Executive from most of the PCB companies in Taiwan are optimistic and very confident for a robust year in 2021.
Dominique K. Numakura, firstname.lastname@example.org
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