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Production value of local flexible circuit boards set to soar

Staff writer, with CNA

The production value of Taiwan’s flexible printed circuit boards (FPCBs) is expected to rise 20 percent this year from a year ago, on the back of strong demand from Apple Inc, which serves as a major consumer of global FPCBs, a research report said.

In the report, SinoPac Securities Investment Service Corp (永豐投顧) said shipments from the local FPCB sector, which includes Zhen Ding Technology Holding Ltd (臻鼎) and Flexium Interconnect Inc (台郡), had risen more than 40 percent over the past few years since Apple launched the iPad and iPhone.

APPLE CONSUMPTION

The advisory firm cited statistics indicating that Apple had consumed only 4 percent of the global FPCBs in 2008, but this consumption soared to 37 percent last year as the iPad and iPhone gained popularity in the market.

Even if there were concerns in the market relating to slowing sales for Apple’s tablets and smartphones, the launch of new models by the US company later this year was likely to continue driving growth in the global FPCB sector, the advisory firm said.

SHIPMENTS

For Taiwan, FPCB shipments are expected to rise by 20 to 30 percent this year from last year, while the production value of particular products could grow by 20 percent for the year.

Japanese FPCB supplier Fujikura Ltd is expected to resume full-scale production next month, after serious flooding destroyed most of the company’s production lines in Bangkok in 2011.

However, SinoPac said that it would have a limited impact on Taiwan’s FPCB sector, because Fujikura still needed more time to restore and stabilize its production.

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