Taiwan, China PCB Firms Locked in Price War | Print |  E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Monday, 30 December 2013 16:22

TAIPEI -- Lower-cost end-products are pitting Taiwanese and Chinese printed circuit board fabricators in what could become an out-and-out price war, a new report says.

Tablet average selling prices are forecast to fall 12% to about $175 in 2014, meaning margins and component prices will be under fierce pressure, Taiwanese research firm Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute says.

Amid this development, Chinese PCB makers, including Founder Technology Group, China Circuit Technology (汕頭超聲) and Shennan Circuit (深南電路), have increased their global market share for such products to 40 to 50%, says MIC senior manager Charles Chou.

Meanwhile, Unimicron Technology (欣興) and Foxconn subsidiary Zhen Ding (臻鼎) are seeing their share eroding bit by bit, Chou said. The Taiwanese makers own a 30% share, he said.

Global laptop shipments will fall 3 to 4% to about 167 million units in 2014, MIC said. That's on top of a 10% drop in 2013, the firm said.





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