The development of PCB automation equipment is keeping momentum

The development of PCB automation equipment is keeping momentum

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Manufacturing enterprises must accelerate the realization of intelligent transformation

The significance of intelligent manufacturing of PCB automation equipment lies in how to resolve the uncertainty with the automatic flow of data: let the correct data, at the right time and in the right way, automatically transfer to the right people and machines, so as to realize the optimization of resource allocation efficiency.

Intelligent manufacturing of PCB automation equipment has subverted the development mode of “traditional tools plus experiential decision-making” that traditional industries have relied on for hundreds of years, and set off a profound revolution in the two dimensions of tools and decision-making. 

The tool revolution has greatly improved the production efficiency, while the decision revolution has optimized the accuracy, timeliness and scientificity of decision making through artificial intelligence and other means to achieve intelligent production in a real sense. With the intensification of global competition and the increasingly prominent role of innovation, manufacturing enterprises must accelerate the realization of intelligent transformation and the development of advanced manufacturing industry.

Intelligent detection and automation industry development trend

With the rapid development of economy and the upgrading of residents’ consumption, the replacement speed of electronic products is accelerated, and the intelligent, portable, miniaturized, complicated and integrated has become the general development trend of electronic products, which also promotes the electronic product manufacturers to increase the market demand for high-end electronic product testing equipment.

At the same time, with the rapid rise of automation control technology, precision measurement technology, simulation technology, transmission technology, electronic product testing equipment to automation, intelligence, precision, flexibility, multi-functional direction of the trend of upgrading more obvious. 

The middle and high-end electronic product testing equipment dominated by automation and intelligence is gradually opening the market space, and the integration of automatic testing equipment into the electronic product production line will become the mainstream of the market.
Therefore, enterprises must establish a forward-looking, value-oriented,cross-departmental intelligent manufacturing development strategy, in order to win the first chance in the fierce competition!

Brief analysis of PCB industry market situation


PCB industry is an important part of the electronic information industry. Under the support and guarantee of the national industrial policies and relevant laws and regulations, the market scale of the industry is constantly expanding and developing in the direction of high-end and intensification.

The rapid development of server and data center, communication equipment, automotive electronics, smart phones and other markets provides the PCB industry with continuous growth power and drives the development of PCB special equipment industry.

In recent years, China has continuously introduced foreign advanced technology and equipment to develop PCB industry. The output value of PCB industry has grown rapidly, and China has become a global PCB production and manufacturing center. The output value of China’s PCB industry increased from $29.73 billion in 2017 to $34.8 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.4%, higher than the global average growth level. 

The PCB industry is expected to maintain a relatively high growth rate in the future. It is estimated that the PCB industry in China will reach $38.15 billion in 2022, with a year-on-year growth of 4.92%.

PCB product structure upgrade drives the demand for high-end equipment growth

In recent years, PCB manufacturers have launched production expansion plans, and the scale of investment continues to increase. As the essential core equipment in PCB production process, drilling and molding special equipment is the focus of PCB manufacturers’ investment in production expansion. The expansion of production of PCB manufacturers will significantly increase the market demand for PCB drilling and molding special equipment.


With 5 g communications, intelligent terminal, integrated circuits, cloud computing, the rapid development of medical electronics and automobile electronics and other industries, multilayer board, HDI, high encapsulation base plate, flexible plate and other high-end PCB product demand is growing rapidly, especially applied in the field of communication and intelligent terminal 5 g high multilayer board, HDI PCB, flexible board, PCB structure gradually to the development of high-end products.

Since 2020, many large PCB manufacturers in China have accelerated the expansion of production in the fields of high multilayer board, HDI and packaging substrate, which has significantly boosted the demand for high-end PCB special equipment.

Wide application of PCB industry

Under the environment of accelerating penetration of emerging technologies such as 5G communication, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, Internet of Things and so on, PCB industry, as a basic force connecting the previous and the next in the entire industrial chain of electronic information manufacturing industry, will enter a new cycle of technology and products. 


With the growing market demand for medium and high-end PCB products such as multi-layer board, HDI board, flex PCB and IC carrier board, China’s PCB production process equipment and innovation technology are iterated accordingly to meet the market’s personalized and diversified needs.

Today, China has become the important bases of PCB production, companies are in different application fields in the PCB layout, printed circuit board, is one of the important components of the electronic industry, widely used in computers, consumer electronics, communications, medical, automotive electronics, Internet of things, intelligent hardware, electrical and other industries, with the stimulation of market demand, The output value of PCB has been increasing in different industries

Consumption electronics

5G technology has triggered a wave of smartphone replacement, and the rise of wearable devices such as TWS headphones and smartwatches has led to a significant increase in PCB demand. Prismark forecasts that PCBS used in smartphones will be worth about $19.4bn by 2025

New energy vehicles

new-energy-vehicles By 2025, the global shipment of new energy vehicles will reach 12 million, and the annual compound growth rate of new energy vehicle shipments from 2020 to 2025 is more than 30%; At the same time, the consumption of high-end PCB in new energy vehicles has been greatly increased, and the value of PCB in a single vehicle has been increased. The global automotive PCB market space is expected to reach 59.18 billion yuan and 67.39 billion yuan respectively in 2021 and 2022.

5G base stations and other communication facilities

Also benefiting from the advent of 5G construction period, communication PCB will continue to be released. In the long term, based on factors such as 5G base station construction will continue, overseas epidemic recovery will promote a new wave of infrastructure, and wired network construction will follow up, communication PCB still has growth momentum. According to Prismark, PCB production value for wireless infrastructure is expected to reach $3.7 billion in 2025, growing at a CAGR of about 6.8% during 2020-2025.

Servers and data stores

Nowadays, with the rapid development of global cloud computing, the demand for cloud infrastructure such as servers and data centers is constantly expanding, and the consumption of PCB is increasing accordingly. Prismark expects PCBS for servers and data storage to be worth $8.9bn by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2020 to 2025.

Intelligent hardware

intelligent-hardware With the advent and development of 5G technology, intelligent hardware has ushered in a new round of transformation and upgrading. From 2014 to 2020, the market size of smart wearable devices in China increased year by year, reaching 55.9 billion yuan in 2020, with a year-on-year growth of 2%. With the maturity of the industrial chain, the market scale of intelligent hardware industry continues to expand, while driving the rapid growth of PCB market.

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