Worldwide production of printed circuit boards (PCBs) grew by 19% over 2009 to nearly $55 billion, according to a recent report from IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries.
Approximately 2,600 PCB fabricators produced an estimated US$54.772 billion in 2010, the report said, with PCB production growing in all regions. Production grew:
• 6.9% in North America
• 14.4% in Europe
• 21.1% in Asia
Asia’s share of world PCB production reached 87% in 2010. Rigid-flex was the highest growth category. Metal-core PCBs, while less than 1% of world PCB production, was the second fastest growing category in 2010.
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