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Development of FPC flexible circuit board
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Development of FPC flexible circuit board

It is mentioned in the Guide to the Key Fields of High-tech Industrialization with Priority Development (2011) that the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Commerce and the Information Property Office have decided to list high-grade chip components, high-density multilayer printed circuit boards and flexible circuit boards as one of the current priority areas of information high-tech industrialization. With the continuous advancement of information and intelligent construction, the market demand for flexible circuit boards will be more and more large.

(1) Mobile phone market. As far as mobile phones are concerned, FPC board is mainly used in mobile phones as folding, rotating and other parts of signal connection parts. At present, more than 3 pieces of FPC are generally used in mobile phones. With the popularity of high-function mobile phones that emphasize light, thin, short and small, the demand for FPC is driven. FPC can be used in mobile phone bend, LCD module, camera module, key, side key, antenna, battery control and other functions. At present, FPC is most commonly used in the turning Part of mobile phone, including folding type, sliding type, lifting type and three-dimensional rotary type. Most of them are double-sided or multi-layer FPC design, which is the largest output value of FPC in mobile phone application. As for FPC for buttons, camera modules, antennas or batteries, it is optional for mobile phone designers. In the situation that the above selective function will be gradually incorporated into the standardized design of mobile phones, it will help to increase the FPC consumption. According to the Statistical bulletin of communications Operations in 2014 released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the number of telephone users in China increased by a net 39.426 million in 2014, reaching 1.536 billion in total, up by 2.6%, or 5 percentage points lower than the previous year. Among them, there was a net increase of 56.98 million mobile phone users, bringing the total number to 1.286 billion, and the penetration rate of mobile phone users reached 94.5 per 100 people, an increase of 3.7 per 100 people over the previous year. And smart phones led by Apple and Android phones have become the first choice of mobile phone users. According to the 2013-2014 China Mobile Phone/smart Phone Market Research Annual General Report, it is predicted that in 2015, the proportion of global smart phone users exceeded one tenth of the global population for the first time, and by 2018, one third of global consumers will be smart phone users. That's more than 2.56 billion people. The 2018 Smartphone User Index represents half of the world's mobile phone users, meaning that feature phones will be a minority in electronic communications. The content of FPC in smart phones is higher than that in general electronic products. 5 ~ 12 pieces of FPC are used in smart phones, which is higher than 1 ~ 5 pieces of functional phones. The output value of FPC in each smart phone is about 2 ~ 3 times of that in functional phones. Such a huge market is bound to drive the rapid development of related fields. FPC is indispensable to the camera module, antenna, display, USB cable and so on of smart phones.

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(2) Automobile electronic market. In the automobile electronic trend, the vehicle control system, such as dashboard display, air quality, sound, display, sensor, high signal transmission and high reliability requirements make FPC board began to show its advantages, in the FPC component precision trend, plus three-dimensional structure of the car body, wiring area narrow and bending characteristics, Using FPC components can better meet the design requirements. In 2014, China's auto production and sales grew 7.26 percent and 6.86 percent year-on-year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Among them, the production and sales of passenger cars increased by 10.15% and 9.89% year on year, which are still the main growth force.

(3) Medical monitoring equipment. Over the past decade, the sales scale of China's medical device market has increased from 17.9 billion yuan in 2001 to 212 billion yuan in 2013, an 11.84 times increase in 13 years excluding the influence of price factors. According to the sampling survey statistics of the Medical Device Branch of China Medical Materials Association, the sales scale of medical devices in 2014 was 255.6 billion yuan, an increase of 43.6 billion yuan over 212 billion yuan in the previous year, with a growth rate of 20.06%. As a routine medical equipment in hospitals and other medical institutions, medical monitoring equipment has gradually become a common use in large and medium-sized hospitals. Along with the rapid development of our economy, the national attention to the construction of the county level, township, community and other basic medical and health system, in the aging, two child policy, consumption upgrading, health care investment, policy support and other internal and external needs of the common promotion, as well as the current domestic overall level to maintain in the low level of the situation, medical guardianization equipment still has considerable development space, The development prospect of domestic medical device industry is worth looking forward to.

To sum up, with the continuous improvement of the society's requirements for information and intelligence, and almost penetrating into all walks of life, as mentioned in the article, it is difficult to find slightly complex electronic products that do not use FPC and FPC components. As the country will further increase the investment in electronic information construction in various fields, the pace of electronic information construction in downstream areas will accelerate, and will inevitably drive the development of FPC and FPC component industry. At the same time, 4G business has been fully rolled out across the country, which will also bring new development opportunities for the flexible printed circuit board industry

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