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The worldwide PCB industry output value grew by 11.7% to $65 billion in 2017, according to data compiled by Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA). Digitimes reported that on-year growth was the highest in nearly 10 years.
The production value of PCB products rolled out by Taiwan-based makers in China and Taiwan came to NT$619.2 billion (US$21.1 billion) in 2017, up 9.5% on year, according to TPCA. Among the target markets, automotive and communications showed the strongest growth.Taiwan-based PCB firms are among the beneficiaries of the growing demand for new features such as 3D facial recognition and wireless charging for smartphones.
Emilie Jolivet, YOLE DÉVELOPPEMENT
The smartphone is one of the high value-add products that carries a very high demand for miniaturization. Customers expect larger screens, cameras with high resolution, and various other functions, in lighter and thinner phones.
Gene Weiner, Weiner International Inc.
SEMICON China 2018 was amazing in its size and attendance. More than 1,000 exhibitors filled an event record of more than 74,000 square meters of exhibition space—the size of nearly 10 professional soccer fields. This year's theme was "collect, collaborate, innovate."
Thy-An Tran, Pioneer Circuits Inc.
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