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Global and China FPCB (Flexible Printed Circuit Board) Industry Report, 2014-2015

Global and China FPCB Industry Report, 2014-2015 involves the following:

  • 1. Analysis on the FPCB Industry
  • 2. Analysis on the FPCB Downstream Market
  • 3. Comparison between FPCB Companies
  • 4. Research on 22 Typical FPCB Companies and 9 FPCB Upstream Companies

2014 was a bumper year for most FPCB companies, and the output value of the entire PCB industry reached USD12.5 billion, rising by 10.5% from the previous year. In 2015, the prices of bulk commodities (particularly the copper price) plummet, which will greatly reduce the raw material costs of PCB companies and help raise their profitability. Larger screen size of mobile phone requires larger FPCB. The FPCB market is expected to grow 8.6% in 2015 as the smartphone market can not continue its rapid growth and the tablet PC is in recession.

In 2014, the euro, the NTD and the yen significantly devalued, while the South Korean won appreciated, which not only hit a serious blow to the competitiveness of South Korean FPCB enterprises, but minified the profit of South Korean PCB enterprises. The revenue and profit margin of all South Korean PCB companies declined, for example, Flexcom's revenue slumped by more than 50%, the giant Interflex's revenue dropped 33% and its operating margin turned to be the negative 14.2%, which showed the power of the currency war.

Benefiting from the currency depreciation, Taiwanese and European companies witnessed soaring profit margins. More than half of Japanese companies did not benefit from the depreciation of the yen because they set up production bases overseas, but still better than South Korean companies.

In the downstream market, the biggest change in 2014 lied in: HDD saw the first growth after three consecutive years of decline. The global HDD shipment amounted to 564 million units, an increase of 2.4% from 2013. Previously, insiders were optimistic about the prospect of SSD instead of HDD; but actually, the SSD price remained high, the tablet PC market decayed, while the laptop computer market recovered to growth after three consecutive years of downturn. At the same time, the development of SSD did not restrict HDD; the new network economy and the big data era stimulated the demand for servers and HDD. HDD will still be the mainstream in the next three to five years, and the HDD shipment is expected to reach 621 million units in 2019. Japanese companies focusing on HDD-use FPCB performed exceedingly well in 2014, for example, the leader NOK (Mektron) achieved the revenue growth rate of 28% and the operating margin of 8.7% (rising from the negative 10.6%), Nitto's revenue surged by 31%.

The competitiveness of South Korean and American companies weakened significantly. The strong USD made MFLEX's revenue fall dramatically. The depreciation of NTD facilitated Taiwanese companies to grow by leaps and bounds; meanwhile, Apple greatly reduced orders from South Korean companies, while placed more orders with Japanese and Taiwanese companies in accordance with the principle of the nearest supply. The revenue of ZDT under Foxconn soared 60% in 2014.

Table of Contents

1 Overview of FPCB

  • 1.1 Profile
  • 1.2 Single-sided FPCB
  • 1.3 Double-sided FPCB, "Single-sided FPCB + Single-sided FPCB" and Multilayer FPCB
  • 1.4 FPCB Manufacturing Process

2 FPCB Market

  • 2.1 FPCB Market Size
  • 2.2 HDD Market
  • 2.3 HDD Industry
  • 2.4 Global Mobile Phone Market
  • 2.5 Global Smartphone Market and Industry
  • 2.6 Overview of Chinese Mobile Phone Market
  • 2.7 Laptop Computer Market
  • 2.8 Tablet PC Market
  • 2.9 Touch Screen Industry Chain
  • 2.10 Touch Screen Industrial Scale
  • 2.11 Touch Screen Development Trend
  • 2.12 Recent Developments of TFT-LCD Industry
  • 2.13 Ranking of TFT-LCD Industry

3 FPCB Industry

  • 3.1 FPCB Industry Chain
  • 3.2 Business Models of FPCB Companies
  • 3.3 Geographical Distribution of FPCB Industry
  • 3.4 FPCB Supply
  • 3.5 Mobile Phone FPCB Supply
  • 3.6 Ranking of FPCB Companies

4 FPCB Companies

  • 4.1 Fujikura
    • 4.1.1 Fujikura Electronics Shanghai
    • 4.1.2 Fujikura Electronics Wuxi
  • 4.2 Nippon Mektron
    • 4.2.1 Mektec Manufacturing Corporation (Zhuhai)
    • 4.2.2 Mektec Manufacturing Corporation (Suzhou)
  • 4.3 Nitto Denko
  • 4.4 Sony Chemical
  • 4.5 M-Flex
  • 4.6 Flexium
  • 4.7 Career
  • 4.8 Sunflex
  • 4.9 AKM
  • 4.10 Xiamen Hongxin Electron-Tech Co, Ltd.
  • 4.11 Parlex
  • 4.12 SI Flex
  • 4.13 Sumitomo Electric Industries
  • 4.14 Daeduck GDS
  • 4.15 Interflex
  • 4.16 Shenzhen JCD Circuit Technology Co., Ltd.
  • 4.17 BHflex
  • 4.18 Newflex
  • 4.19 Flexcom
  • 4.20 MFS
  • 4.21 Ichia
  • 4.22 ZDT

5. FCCL Companies

  • 5.1 Grace Electron
  • 5.2 Taiflex
  • 5.3 ThinFlex
  • 5.4 Nippon Steel Chemical
  • 5.5 Arisawa
  • 5.6 Microcosm
  • 5.7 AEM
  • 5.8 Taimide
  • 5.9 INNOX

Selected Charts

  • Structure of Single-sided FPCB
  • Structure of Double-sided FPCB
  • Block Diagram of "Single-sided FPCB + Single-sided FPCB"
  • Block Diagram of Double-sided FPCB
  • Block Diagram of COF
  • Schematic Diagram of Rigid and Flex PCB
  • FPCB Manufacturing Process
  • Work Concept of Exposure Machine
  • Imaging
  • Etching
  • Film Stripping
  • Hot Pressing
  • FPCB Market Size, 2007-2015
  • FPCB Market by Application, 2013-2017E
  • Quarterly HDD Shipment, Q4 2012-Q4 2014
  • HDD Shipment, 2009-2015
  • Market Share of Global Major HDD Companies, 2014
  • Global HDD Shipment by Application, 2010-2019E
  • Global Mobile Phone Shipment, 2007-2015
  • Global 3G / 4G Mobile Phone Shipment by Region, 2011-2014
  • Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013
  • Shipment of Global Top 10 Mobile Phone Companies, Q3 2014
  • Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013
  • Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 2013
  • Shipment of Global Top 13 Smartphone Companies, 2013-2015
  • Shipment of Major Smartphone Companies, Q3 2014
  • Monthly Shipment of Chinese Mobile Phone Market, Jan 2013-Dec 2014
  • Market Share of Major Companies in Chinese Smartphone Market, 2014
  • Market Share of Major Companies in Chinese 4G Mobile Phone Market, 2014
  • Laptop Computer Shipment, 2008-2015
  • Shipment of Global Major Laptop Computer ODM Companies, 2010-2014
  • Global Tablet PC Shipment, 2011-2016E
  • Shipment of Top Five Tablet PC Vendors, Q4 2014
  • Shipment, Market Share and Growth of Top Five Tablet PC Vendors, 2014
  • Touch Screen Industry Chain
  • Touch Industry Supply Chain and Eco-system
  • Global Touch Screen Market Size, 2010-2016E
  • Global Touch Screen Market Size (Shipment), 2010-2016E
  • Development Trends of Global Smartphone Touch Technology, 2013-2017E
  • Medium-sized Touch Screen by Technology, 2011-2015
  • Laptop Touch Screen Shipment by Technology, 2012-2016E
  • Monthly Total TFT LCD Revenues and Growth, Dec 2013-Dec 2014
  • Monthly LCD-TV Panel Units Shipments and Growth, Dec 2013-Dec 2014
  • Monthly Monitor Panel Units Shipments and Growth, Dec 2013-Dec 2014
  • Monthly Notebook PC Panel Units Shipments and Growth, Dec 2013-Dec 2014
  • Market Share of Global Major Large-sized TFT-LCD Panel Companies by Shipment, Q2 2014
  • Operating Margin of Global Major Large-sized TFT-LCD Panel Companies, 2002-2013
  • Ranking of Global Major TFT-LCD Panel Companies by Revenue, 2012-2014
  • Operating Margin of Global Major TFT-LCD Panel Companies, 2012-2014
  • Taiwan's FPCB Industry Chain
  • Revenue of Global FPCB Industry by Region, 2009-2013
  • Revenue of Global FPCB Industry by Region, 2010-2011
  • Major FPCB Suppliers of Samsung by Value, 2011-2013
  • Major FPCB Suppliers of LG by Value, 2013
  • Major FPCB Suppliers of Apple by Value, 2011-2014
  • Ranking of Japanese FPC Companies by Revenue, 2009-2014
  • Ranking of South Korean FPC Companies by Revenue, 2012-2014
  • Ranking of South Korean FPC Companies by Operating Margin, 2009-2014
  • Ranking of Taiwanese FPC Companies by Revenue, 2009-2014
  • Ranking of Taiwanese FPC Companies by Operating Margin, 2009-2014
  • Ranking of Major Global FPCB Companies by Revenue, 2010-2014
  • Bases of Fujikura in Thailand
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of Fujikura, FY2006-FY2015
  • Revenue of Fujikura by Division, FY2008-FY2013
  • Revenue of Fujikura by Product, FY2013-FY2015
  • Revenue of Fujikura's FPC Segment, FY2008-FY2015
  • Operating Profit of Fujikura by Business, FY2013-FY2015
  • Organizational Structure of Mektron
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of NOK, FY2006-FY2015
  • Revenue of NOK by Product, FY2006-FY2015
  • Operating Profit of NOK by Product, FY2013-FY2015
  • Revenue of NOK by Region, FY2010-FY2014
  • Revenue of Mektron's FPC Division by Region, FY2010-FY2014
  • Global Presence of Mektron
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of Mektec Manufacturing Corporation (Zhuhai), 2004-2014
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Nitto Denko, FY2006-FY2015
  • Revenue of Nitto Denko by Business, FY2013-FY2015
  • Operating Profit of Nitto Denko by Business, FY2013-FY2015
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of M-Flex, FY2004-FY2015
  • Revenue of M-Flex by Region, FY2010-FY2014
  • Revenue of M-Flex by Country, FY2012-FY2014
  • Operating Profit of M-Flex by Region, FY2006-FY2013
  • Percent of Sony Ericsson and Motorola in M-Flex's Revenue, FY2006-FY2008
  • Customer Structure of M-Flex, FY2006-FY2013
  • Revenue of M-Flex by Application, Q1 2011-Q4 2014
  • Revenue and Gross Margin of Flexium, 2005-2015
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Flexium, 2005-2015
  • Monthly Revenue and Annual Growth Rate of Flexium, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Revenue of Flexium by Application, 2009-2012
  • Revenue of Flexium by Application, 2013-2014
  • FPC Layers of Flexium, 2009-2013
  • Balance Sheet of Flexium, Q4 2014
  • Cash Flow of Flexium, Q4 2014
  • FPCB Engineering Capacity of Flexium
  • Associated Companies of Career
  • Organizational Structure of Career
  • Divisions of Career
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Career, 2003-2015
  • Revenue and Annual Growth Rate of Career, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Balance Sheet of Career, Q3 2014
  • Revenue of Career by Client, 2014
  • Capacity of Career by Product
  • Major Business of Career by Plant
  • Financial Data of Three Mainland Chinese Subsidiaries of Career, 2013
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Sunflex, 2009-2015
  • Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of Sunflex, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Divisions of Sunflex
  • Revenue and Gross Margin of AKM, 2006-2014
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of AKM, 2006-2014
  • Revenue of AKM by Business, 2009-2013
  • Major Clients of AKM
  • FPC Technical Capacity of AKM
  • Financial Indicators of Xiamen Hongxin Electron-Tech, 2011-2014
  • Capacity and Output of Xiamen Hongxin Electron-Tech, 2011-2014
  • Sales Volume and ASP of Xiamen Hongxin Electron-Tech, 2011-2014
  • Client Distribution of Xiamen Hongxin Electron-Tech, 2013-2014
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of SI Flex, 2007-2014
  • Organizational Structure of SI Flex
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Sumitomo Electric Industries, FY2008-FY2015
  • Revenue of Sumitomo Electric Industries by Business, FY2011-FY2015
  • Operating Profit of Sumitomo Electric Industries by Business, FY2011-FY2015
  • Revenue of FPC Division of Sumitomo Electric Industries, FY2008-FY2015
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Daeduck GDS, 2005-2014
  • Revenue of Daeduck GDS by Business, 2010-2014
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Interflex, 2005-2015
  • Quarterly Revenue and Operating Margin of Interflex, Q1 2012-Q4 2015
  • Revenue of Interflex by Product, Q1 2009-Q4 2014
  • Revenue of Interflex by Customer, 2010-2015
  • Capacity of Interflex, 2009-2012
  • Organizational Structure of Shenzhen JCD Circuit Technology
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of BHflex, 2005-2015
  • Organizational Structure of BHflex
  • Revenue of BHflex by Application, 2013-2015
  • Revenue of BHflex by Client, 2009-2012
  • Revenue of BHflex by Client, 2013
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of Newflex, 2005-2015
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Flexcom, 2006-2015
  • Revenue of Flexcom by Client, 2011
  • Revenue and Profit Attributable to Shareholders of MFS, 2006-2014
  • Revenue of MFS by Region, 2008-2011
  • Organizational Structure of Ichia
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Ichia, 2006-2015
  • Monthly Revenue of Ichia, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Revenue of Ichia by Business, Q1 2013-Q3 2014
  • Quarterly Gross Margin of Ichia, Q1 2013-Q3 2014
  • Revenue of Ichia by Application, 2014
  • Holding Structure of ZDT
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of ZDT, 2008-2015
  • Revenue and Gross Margin of ZDT, 2008-2014
  • Monthly Revenue of ZDT, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Global Footprint of ZDT
  • Number of Employees of ZDT, 2006-2014
  • Financial Statements of ZDT's Subsidiaries in Mainland China, 2013
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Taiflex, 2002-2014
  • Monthly Revenue and Annual Growth Rate of Taiflex, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Revenue of Taiflex by Business, 2008-2014
  • FCCL Product Revenue Structure of Taiflex, 2009-2012
  • Balance Sheet of Taiflex, 2011-2014
  • Cash Flow of Taiflex, 2011-2014
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of ThinFlex, 2009-2015
  • Revenue and Annual Growth Rate of ThinFlex, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Revenue and Operating Profit of Nippon Steel Chemical, FY2008-FY2015
  • Revenue Structure of Nippon Steel Chemical by Product, FY2006-FY2015
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Arisawa, FY2006-FY2015
  • Revenue of Arisawa by Product, FY2006-FY2015
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Microcosm, 2003-2014
  • Revenue and Annual Growth Rate of Microcosm, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of AEM, 2007-2014
  • Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of AEM, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Organizational Structure of AEM
  • Revenue of AEM by Product, 2011
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of Taimide, 2005-2015
  • Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of Taimide, Jan 2013-Jan 2015
  • Market Share of Global Major PI Companies, 2011
  • Revenue and Operating Margin of INNOX, 2005-2015
  • Revenue of INNOX by Product, 2011-2013
  • Revenue of INNOX by Client, 2014
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