The Coronavirus spread to over two hundred countries and claimed more than 30,000 lives. The virus emerged in China in December 2019, and spread around the world. European countries and the U.S. report a significant amount of cases over the Continue reading #2008 / Coronavirus Pandemic
The year is flying by; first quarter is close to completion, and 2019 is a distant memory. Analyzing business trends and forecasting is difficult enough without adding a wild card into the equation, specifically the coronavirus. For this reason, I Continue reading #2006 / Printed Circuit Industry in 2019
The largest electronics exhibition in Asia opened January 15 at Tokyo Big Sight. The three day event was larger than last year with more trade show participants as well as visitors. The trade show was not on the main floor Continue reading #2002 / InterNepcon Japan 2020
The circuit board industry in Taiwan released its shipping data for November. The revenue declined 5.61% compared with the previous month and declined 0.29% for the same month last year. Year to date revenue increased 0.29% comparing year over year. Continue reading #1934 / Taiwan’s Circuit Board Industry – Red or Black for 2019 ?
Five years ago, a material supplier in Japan commercialized a clear polyimide film to use as the base material for heat resistant flexible circuits. Etching companies did not have the capability to produce circuits without copper foils, so they could Continue reading #1932 / Transparent Flexible Circuits
Japan increased its national sales tax rate from 8% to 10% effective October 1st 2019. The broad based tax affects consumer products as well as medical, cell phone services, and business to business trade. There are products that are excluded Continue reading #1930 / Consumption Tax Increase in Japan
Electroless plating is a popular method in manufacturing printed circuits or flexible circuits. The Electroless Plating concept is not new and is used to protect conductors against oxidation. However, it is not the default process for printed circuit manufacturing. Many Continue reading #1928 / Electroless Plating for Flexible Circuits
The subtractive process (an etching process of copper foil) is the primary technology used to build various printed circuits. On the other hand, the printable electronics are making significant progress in this area, and several researchers predict the traditional etching Continue reading #1926 / Polymer Thick Film Circuits – Practical or Not?
I’ve said this many times, and it is true; the Taiwanese PCB industry is a great barometer for the electronics industry. Taiwan is the global manufacturing center for consumer electronics, and Taiwanese PCB manufacturers have accurate procurement plans from their Continue reading #1924 / Market Trends for Printed Circuit Boards in Taiwan
This is part four of my observations from the JPCA Show. Many vendors and manufacturers featured test equipment for flexible circuits. It was worth wile for me to take a long look at this equipment that evaluates new functional flexible Continue reading #1922 / JPCA SHOW 2019 (Part 4)