Production capacity expanding raise PCB market concern
Famous Taiwanese PCB manufacturers pay particular attention to the driving effect of the sales of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, but Apple’s sales have shown a sign of decrease since last year. Some apple contract factory was accepting less orders since latter of last year. Their workers were off work earlier for lunar New Year vacation than usual.
PCB factory Tripod Technology said that its capacity utilization in September last year is about 80%. The Director of Tripod Technology pointed out that in the past few years the capacity utilization in boom months such as September was more than 90%, which was generally higher than the figure this year. It is said that Tripod also received orders from China’s brand mobile phones, such as Xiaomi, Huawei.
In addition, one factor that worries most of Taiwanese PCB makers in the fourth quarter is that the expanded production capacity in the fourth quarter is more than 2 million feet, which will definitely enhance the competition in the PCB market and even lead to price war. That’s the last thing most PCB manufacturers want to see. Some PCB factory have turned their aim to auto electronics filed, seek to open a new market as the self-driving cars boom.