PCB sustainable development needs to break through environmental protection bottlenecks

In recent years, my country’s PCB industry has achieved rapid growth. According to predictions from the China Printed Circuit Industry Association, my country’s PCB output value will reach US$12.05 billion in 2006, making it the world’s largest PCB production center. This growth trend will continue until 2010 or longer. However, if China’s PCB industry wants to achieve further development, it should further strengthen environmental protection, reduce pollution, resolve the pressure of rising raw material prices, and then transform into a powerful PCB production country.

Strengthen environmental protection and reduce pollutant emissions

At present, the country is vigorously advocating “to accelerate the transformation of economic growth mode, integrate the development concept of circular economy into regional economic development, urban and rural construction and product production, so as to make the most effective use of resources, minimize waste emissions, and gradually use Ecology has entered a virtuous cycle.” For a long time, the circuit board industry has always given people the impression of large water consumption, large amounts of waste water, serious pollution, and difficult waste disposal. With the implementation of new environmentally friendly materials and environmentally friendly processes and the improvement of resource utilization technology for various wastes at the back end of production, circuit board production is gradually getting rid of the dilemma of conflicting development and environmental protection, achieving a win-win situation of simultaneous development of production and environmental protection. situation.

Cai Zhihao, chairman of Wuzhou Circuit Group Co., Ltd., said that because the PCB industry is a polluting industry, waste materials, solutions and wastewater will be generated during the production process. Domestic PCB companies should continue to explore
Ways to improve the three wastes pollution to meet the requirements of the state and government and the requirements for strengthening environmental protection.

Shenzhen Enda Circuit is at the forefront of the industry in terms of environmental protection. They use reverse osmosis to recycle more than 60% of water resources, and the remaining liquid is treated and reused as etching fluid, achieving zero emissions. The relevant person in charge of the company told reporters that China’s electronics industry, especially circuit board production, is developing by leaps and bounds, and the research and development of various environmental protection technologies is in the ascendant. It insists on the resource utilization of waste, so that traditional pollution control can reach low-level pollution control standards. The change of model to an advanced pollution control model of pollutant resource recycling and regeneration and recycling will definitely bring about a new situation in the clean production of circuit boards.

Jiang Kairong, general manager of Kehui Line Co., Ltd., said that Kehui Company has always attached great importance to environmental protection issues and pushed the awareness of environmentally friendly production into every process. Starting from reducing the waste of various resources, it actively takes effective measures to save energy, water, production and auxiliary services. Materials are then promoted in various production processes.


Resolve the pressure of rising raw material prices

In recent years, the costs of raw materials, chemicals, energy, labor, transportation and taxes for printed circuit companies have continued to increase, making business operations difficult. In the past ten years, printed circuit companies have lowered their product prices again and again in order to compete, and there is no profit margin anymore. This has resulted in the printed circuit industry being squeezed by both the upstream and downstream ends of the electronics industry chain. In addition, the RMB has appreciated some time ago and the country has adjusted the export tax rebate policy for related products, which has seriously threatened the development of PCB. Therefore, how PCB companies can resolve these pressures has become a topic that management is eager to solve.

Xin Guosheng, general manager of Yongjie Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., said that the raw material problem has been going on for half a year. PCB profits cannot bear the increase in raw material prices, so it is very natural to pass it on to the complete machine manufacturers. In the process of “price transmission”, it is understandable that companies should take into account the profits, workers’ welfare, and R&D funds that the company deserves. While the prices of domestic means of production have risen, international commodity market prices have begun to fall. 2006 is coming to an end, and it seems that in 2007 there will be no bright spots in global growth like the previous years. Among the current ominous signs: the overall economic growth of the United States is slowing down, Europe is using new tax policies to interfere with its own recovery, and whether the Japanese economy can escape the shadow of deflation is still full of uncertainty. Coupled with the correction of more than 20% in the prices of several important resources in the world, world commodity market prices are facing greater downward pressure. In other words, production amid inflation and sales amid deflation pose challenges to Chinese companies. What enterprises will face in the future is: the era of high production costs represented by high oil prices has arrived. Enterprises must shift from low-cost competition in the past to innovative competitiveness, and say goodbye to the status quo of “low cost, low technology, low price, low profit, and low-end market”.

The person in charge of Cangzhou Far East Electronic Circuit Group Co., Ltd. said that the increase in raw material prices has not affected the number of orders for their company, but has slightly increased the number of orders, mainly because some small factories have transferred orders due to high costs; in addition, they have also adopted multi-layer boards by undertaking Wait for orders with higher profits and carry out cost control and other means to resolve the pressure caused by price increases.

Cai Zhihao said that the problem of rising raw material prices is now a common phenomenon and is international. As a PCB manufacturer, we must look at it rationally and face it correctly. We should communicate with upstream and downstream manufacturers in a timely manner. When raw materials rise, everyone should share the burden and tide over the difficulties together. Once the cost drops, PCB should also take the initiative to reduce prices and seek common interests with upstream and downstream companies.

Achieve transformation and enhance competitiveness

At present, India’s PCB is developing very rapidly. Although it will be difficult for India to become another world manufacturing center in the near future, imagine that when the Indian electronic information industry matures, perhaps India will dominate high-end design, research and development, services, etc. Regarding this statement, how will China’s PCB companies achieve transformation, how to improve their competitiveness, and how to achieve sustainable development?

Xin Guosheng said that the complementarity between China and India in the PCB industry is obvious. India is passing down the software industry and R&D hopes to drive the manufacturing industry, while China World Factory is R&D upward in the manufacturing industry to create “Chinese cores” and two-way interaction. Creating “India” and “China”, “creating” in “manufacturing”, can truly realize the beginning of the English letters of the two countries, which is “IC”. The specific strategy should be to take individual measures based on the specific characteristics, scale and technology of each enterprise as the output value, output and technology of my country’s PCB industry are about to rank first in the world.
Personalized investment strategies, based on international industry transfer routes, trends and industry characteristics, analyze India’s political, military, economic and diplomatic policies, and grasp India’s macroeconomic development and reform trends and processes. Carefully study the risks existing in the macro economy, analyze in detail the current situation and future of the PCB industry, explore the business opportunities and the feasibility of complementation brought by the transfer of the Indian PCB upstream industry, electronic information industry, software and outsourcing industry to the PCB industry, and provide opportunities for various industries in China. Type enterprise PCB enterprises provide ideas, serve as a bridge for industry associations, provide several suggestions for China’s PCB industry to “go global”, and provide reference for the industry to implement “transnational operations.”


Wang Longji, secretary-general of the China Printed Circuit Industry Association, told reporters that if China wants to become a world powerhouse in PCB production, it needs the government to continue to support the PCB industry in terms of industry orientation and industry encouragement policies. Several tasks need to be focused on in this regard: First, provide preferential and encouraging policies for high-density interconnection HDI, multi-layer flexible boards, rigid-flex boards, IC carrier boards, communication backplanes, special board printed boards, etc. Imported equipment for investment in these projects is exempt from tax. The second is to provide preferential incentives for the research and development and production of high-performance copper clad laminates and new environmentally friendly CCL. The third is to provide preferential incentives for key PCB electronic special equipment such as vacuum presses, large-tonnage hydraulic punches, CNC drilling machines, laser drills, AOI and a large number of testing equipment. The fourth is to promote and encourage the development of high-performance PCB special materials such as chemical materials. Promote the R&D mechanism of factory-school integration and factory-academy integration involving the government and associations.


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