SAN FRANCISCO—Worldwide production of printed circuit boards (PCBs) grew 19 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, reaching nearly $55 billion, according to a new report by IPC, an industry trade group.
About 2,600 PCB makers produced an estimated $54.772 billion worth of PCBs in 2010, according to IPC. PCB production grew in all regions as the industry recovered from the recession, the group said.
Production grew by 6.9 percent in North America, 14.4 percent in Europe and 21.1 percent in Asia, increasing Asia’s share of world PCB production to 87 percent, according to IPC.
Rigid-flex was the highest growth category for PCBs in 2010, while metal-core PCBs, despite accounting for only 1 percent of world PCB production, was the second fastest growing category in 2010, according to IPC.