Action Plan for PCB Fabricators in North America and Europe
There’s no question that the printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing market has changed dramatically in recent years. Whereas 30 percent of the world’s production of boards of all types took place in Europe and North America in 2002, by 2007 that market share had declined to 17 percent with the majority of production now coming from China and Japan and with Taiwan, Korea and the rest of Asia increasing production year-over-year. This situation is by no means unique—the migration of manufacturing from industrialized countries to emerging and lower-wage areas of the world is a well-documented pattern that has been observed in everything from consumer electronics to clothing and shoes to automobiles and construction equipment.
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