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Increasing air pollution levels have prompted a crackdown on bromine manufacturers in China. A broad policy having to do with safety and environmental regulations has been in existence for two years, but this is now being enforced more vigorously.
Starting in early August, government auditing teams began investigating companies in the Shandong Province, many of which are small- or medium-sized firms. A number of manufacturers have shut down, some permanently and others temporarily to make improvements. Sources place the shutdowns at up to 80%.
The end-result is, or will be, a significant shortage of bromine compounds including TBBPA, the common flame-retardant used in making fire-retardant laminate materials for the electronics industry. Prices of TBBPA have already increased considerably, and the Chinese market is facing a shortage. The effect worldwide on laminate manufacturers is unknown at this time, but coupled with recent price increases in copper and fiberglass, it does not bode well for the electronics industry.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The sun was shining in Dusseldorf as delegates returned to the conference room for the second day of the EIPC 50th Anniversary Conference. There were very few empty chairs—even those who had enjoyed a late networking session in the hotel bar had taken their seats as Paul Waldner opened the proceedings with Session 5, on a theme of future PCB design, material and processes for the PCB supply chain.
Dr. Christian Klein
In the automotive electronics industry, a huge change in functional and environmental requirements will be visible during the next few years. This is driven by three major trends: connected mobility, automated mobility, and the increasing electrified mobility.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
The automobile industry is becoming a combination of most of the traditional electronics segments: It’s a consumer product with a computer, communications center, and a few medical monitoring-type tendencies (measuring your alertness, heart rate, etc.), all rolled (no pun intended) into one incredible machine that is influencing our industry as none other.