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The output value of Japan's PCB industry fell 10.2% to JPY34.92 billion ($324.3 million) in April 2019, contracting for the fourth consecutive month, according to data compiled by the Japan Printed Circuit Association (JPCA), Digitimes reported. Meanwhile, data from the Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) show that the output value of Taiwan's PCB industry increased 5.37% on month in April.
Japan-based PCB suppliers have in recent years put increased focus on high-end and niche-market segments, such as automotive and medical care. With most of them operating other businesses in addition to PCB, they appear less aggressive than their fellow Taiwan- and China-based PCB companies with respect to capacity expansion.