Global and China Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB) Industry Report, 2010-2011
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2010 is a bumper year for the Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB) industry, with the market forcefully pulled by smart phones and tablet PCs. FPCB is the best choice for the connection of the large number of components used by the smart phones and tablet PCs with complex functions.

An ordinary mobile phone only needs 3-5 FPCBs, a smart phone needs 6-8, and a smart phone with dual lens and multi-modules, such as iPhone 4, needs 12. iPad 2 has added front and rear lens, which means the addition of two FPCBs. Smart phones and tablet PCs will continue to drive the FPCB market in 2011.

However, the application fields of FPCB are not only mobile phone and tablet PC, but also include hard drive, optical disc drive, digital camera and DV. These traditional fields have been saturated due to intense competition, and the market potential is limited. Due to the fierce price competition, the FPCB revenue didn’t grow substantially, though the overall FPCB shipment increased significantly. The FPCB market size approximated USD8.7 billion in 2010, up 13% year on year. ?

In 2010, Japanese FPCB manufacturer Nippon Mektron secured its global No.1 position through increasing its revenue by 35% year on year to USD2.22 billion. It’s a major supplier for Nokia, Apple, Sony Ericsson, and hard drive giants like Western Digital and Toshiba.

M-FLEX is a major supplier for RIM and Apple, from which it gets 85% of its revenue. Japanese FUJIKURA has been bogged down into a price war and suffered performance decline, because it’s inferior to Nippon Mektron in technology due to its focus on optical communications and connector businesses and less effort in FPCB.

Sumitomo Electric and Sumitomo Bakelite are large FPCB makers, but FPCB business is not a core business for them, and the clients are hard drive, optical disc drive, digital camera, and DV manufacturers. In 2010, they didn’t see much growth in these fields, meanwhile, they faced the price pressure from Taiwanese enterprises, so there was little change or decline in the performance. Japanese Nitto Denko and SONY Chemical Corporation had the same experience.

FAT, a subsidiary of Hon Hai, is a major supplier for Apple, therefore FAT boasts remarkable performance, but it is not publicly traded. Taiwanese FLEXium Interconnect. Inc is also a major supplier for Apple.

INTERFLEX, SI FLEX, FLEXCOM and BHflex, the top four FPCB manufacturers in South Korea, all achieved substantial growth. INTERFLEX exceeded unlisted SI FLEX to become the largest FPCB manufacturer in South Korea. Their main customers, without exception, are Samsung and LG.
Mainland Chinese enterprises are in large numbers but of small sizes. Zhuhai Topsun Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. is the largest, but it failed to be approved by China Securities Regulatory Commission for going public in 2010. The largest FPCB manufacturer in Chinese Mainland is MFS Technology (Hunan) Co., Ltd. controlled by MFS Technology Singapore.

In the upstream FCCL market, Nippon Steel, the 2L FCCL leader, initiated price competition and occupied 65% of the market. Cornered by 2L FCCL, DuPont and RPGERS retreated from the 3L FCCL market. However, despite the ferocious price competition, the revenue and profits of FCCL manufacturers were far more than those in 2009 due to the soaring FPCB shipment. ?

PI film is another upstream product of FPCB. There has emerged a trend to replace PI Cover Layer with Ductile Solder Mask in the FPCB industry. The FPCB plants in East China and South China applied the cost reduction solution as early as the end of 2009, in knock-off mobile phones at first. Compared with PI Cover Layer, Ductile Solder Mask exhibits better line coating protective effect, lower cost, higher operating efficiency and equal resistance to breakdown voltage. The trend of replacement became more significant in the second half of 2010.

Global 24 FPCB Manufacturers by Revenue, 2010

1. FPC Market 
1.1 Market Scale
1.2 Computer Application Market  
1.2.1 Hard Disk Drive 
1.2.2 Optical Disc Drive 
1.2.3 Printer (including AIO) 
1.3 Digital Camera 
1.3.1 Market 
1.3.2 Industry 
1.4 LED Backlight Module
1.4.1 LED-TV 
1.4.2 LED-TV Industry 
1.4.3 LED Backlight LCD 
1.4.4 LED Backlight Notebook 
1.5 Mobile Phone 
1.5.1 Mobile Phone FPCB Market
1.5.2 Market Share of Mobile Phone Brands 
1.5.3 Smart Phone Market and Industry 
1.5.4 China Mobile Phone Industry 
1.6 Touch Panel 
1.6.1 Market Scale and Distribution 
1.6.2 Industry Pattern
1.7 Notebook 
1.8 E-book 

2. FPCB Industry 
2.1 FPCB Industry Chain 
2.2 FCCL 
2.3 Development of PI Film
2.4 Geographical Distribution of FPC Industry 
2.5 FPC Customer Supply Relationships 
2.6 Mobile Phone FPCB Supply Relationship 
2.7 FPC Industry Ranking 

3. FPCB Enterprises 
3.1.1 FUJIKURA (Shanghai) 
3.1.2 FUJIKURA (Wuxi) 
3.2 Mektron 
3.2.1 Zixiang Electronic (Zhuhai) 
3.2.2 Zixiang Electronic (Suzhou) 
3.5 M-FLEX 
3.10 AKM 
3.17 New Flex 
3.17.1 Xiamen New Flex 
3.18 Sumitomo Bakelite 
3.19 Parlex 
3.20 SI Flex 
3.21 Sumitomo Electric Industries 
3.23 Interflex 
3.25 BHflex 
3.27 MFS 
3.28 Ichia 

4. FCCL Manufacturers 
4.1 Grace Electron 
4.3 ThinFlex 
4.4 Nippon Steel Chemical 
4.5 Arisawa 
4.6 Microcosm Technology
4.7 Asia Electronic Material  
4.8 Taimide Technology
FPC Market Size, 2007-2013 
Downstream Distribution of FPC Market, 2007-2013E 
Global Hard Disk Drive Shipment, 1998-2008 
Global Hard Disk Drive Shipment, 2009-2014E
Sizes of Hard Disk Drive, 2009-2014E 
Global Hard Disk Drive Shipment by Region, 2010 
ODD Shipment, 2008-2013E
Market Share of Global Major ODD Manufacturers, 2010 
FPCB Applications in Digital Camera  
Digital Camera Shipment, 2004-2011E  
Market Share of Global Major Digital Camera Manufacturers (by Sales Volume), 2009 
Digital Camera OEM and Shipment of Major Manufacturers, 2008-2010 
Downstream Distribution of LED Market, 2008-2012E
LED Price, 2010Q2 
LED Price, 2010Q4 
Global LED-TV Penetration Rate, 2009-2015E
Proportion of LED-TV, 2010Q1-2011Q4 
Market Share of LED-backlit LCD-TV Panel Manufacturers, 2010 
Market Share of Global Major FPTV Manufacturers, 2010 
Market Share of Manufacturers of LED Packaging for LED-TV, 2010 
Available LED Display Types and Quantities by Manufacturer, 2010 
LED Display Size Distribution, 2010 
Proportion of LED LCD Display, 2008-2012E
Penetration Rate of Global Laptop LED Backlight, 2007-2013E  
Market Share of Global Laptop Panel Manufacturers (by Shipment), 2010 
Market Share of Global Laptop Backlight Module Manufacturers, 2010 
Corresponding Relationship between Laptop Panel Manufacturers and Backlight Module Manufacturers
Market Size of Mobile Phone FPCB, 2008-2013E  
Global Mobile Phone Shipment, 2007-2014E  
Global Mobile Phone Shipment and Annual Growth Margin, 2008Q1-2010Q4 
CDMA/WCDMA Mobile Phone Shipment by Region in the World, 2006-2011 
Shipment of Key Mobile Phone Brands Worldwide, 2010Q1-2011Q1 
Market Share of Global Major Mobile Phone Brands by Revenue, 2009Q1-2010Q3 
Shipment of Key Mobile Phone Brands Worldwide, 2009-2010 
Operating Margins of the World’s Five Largest Mobile Phone Manufacturers, 2009Q1-2010Q4 
Shipment of Smartphone Operating System in the World, 2010Q3 
Market Share of Global Major Smartphone Manufacturers, 2011Q1 
Smartphone Shipment of Global Major Mobile Phone Manufacturers, 2010-2011 
Export Volume and Growth Margin of China Mobile Phones, 2000-2010 
Export Value and Growth Margin of China Mobile Phones, 2002-2010 
Export Volume and ASP of China Mobile Phones, 2002-2010 
China Mobile Phone Output by Region, 2010 
Applications of Global Touch Screens, 2008-2012E 
Applications of Global Touch Screens, 2010 
Revenue of Major Touch Screen Manufacturers, 2010 
Shipment of Global Major Touch Screen Manufacturers, 2010 
Global Laptop Shipment and Growth Margin, 2007-2013E 
Shipment of NETBOOK, iPad, and Tablet PC, 2008-2012E  
E-book Market Size, 2008-2012E  
Taiwan FPCB Industry Chain  
Market Share of Major 3L FCCL Manufacturers Worldwide, 2008-2009 
Market Share of Major 2L FCCL Manufacturers Worldwide, 2008-2009 
Market Share of Global Major PI Manufacturers, 2009 
FPC Industry Distribution by Region, 2009-2010 
Supply Proportion of Nokia FPCB Suppliers (by Value), 2010 
Supply Proportion of Samsung FPCB Suppliers (by Value), 2010 
Supply Proportion of LG FPCB Suppliers (by Value), 2010 
Supply Proportion of Apple FPCB Suppliers (by Value), 2010 
Revenue and Operating Margin Ranking of Japanese FPC Manufacturers, 2009-2010 
Revenue and Operating Margin Ranking of South Korean FPC Manufacturers, 2009-2010 
Revenue and Operating Margin Ranking of Taiwanese FPC Manufacturers, 2009-2010 
Revenue and Operating Margin Ranking of 24 FPC Manufacturers Worldwide, 2010 
Revenue and Operating Profit of FUJIKURA, FY2004-FY2011 
Revenue of FUJIKURA by Division, FY2007-FY2011 
Operating Profit of FUJIKURA by Division, FY2007-FY2011 
Revenue of FUJIKURA Electronics & Auto Division by Product, FY2007-FY2011 
Revenue of FUJIKURA FPC Division, 2009Q2-2011Q1 
Revenue and Operating Profit of FUJIKURA (Shanghai), 2004-2010 
Revenue and Operating Profit of FUJIKURA (Wuxi), 2006-2010
Organizational Structure of Mektron 
NOK Revenue and Operating Profit, FY2006-FY2011 
NOK Revenue by Division, FY2005-FY2010 
NOK Revenue by Product, FY2006-FY2011 
NOK Revenue by Region, FY2010-FY2011 
Revenue of MEKTRON FPC Division by Region, FY2010-FY2011 
Revenue and Operating Profit of Zixiang Electronic (Zhuhai), 2004-2010 
Revenue and Operating Profit of NITTO DENKO, FY2000-FY2010 
Revenue and Operating Profit of NITTO DENKO Electronic Material Division, FY1999-FY2011 
Financial Data of Nitto Denko (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., 2007-2009
Financial Data of Sony Chemical (Suzhou), 2004-2010
M-FLEX Revenue and Operating Profit, FY2004-FY2010 
M-FLEX Revenue and Gross Profit, 2009Q1-2010Q4
M-FLEX Revenue by Country, FY2006-FY2010
M-FLEX Operating Profit by Region, FY2006-FY2010
Proportions of Sony-Ericsson and Motorola in M-FLEX Revenue, FY2006-FY2008
Client Structure of M-FLEX, FY2006-FY2010
M-FLEX Revenue by Region, FY2006-FY2009
Financial Data of M-FLEX (Suzhou), 2004-2009 
Flexium Revenue and Gross Margin, 2002-2011
Flexium Revenue and Annual Growth Rate, Jan. 2010-Mar. 2011 
Flexium Revenue by Application, 2009-2011
Shipment of Flexium's Cell Phone and Tablet PC FPC, 2010Q1-2011Q4
Revenue and Operating Margin of Career Technology, 2003-2011
CAREER Revenue and Annual Growth Rate, Jan. 2010-Mar. 2011 
Financial Data of CAREER’s 3 Subsidiaries in Chinese Mainland, 2009 
Sunflex Revenue and Annual Growth Rate, Jan. 2010-Mar. 2011 
Financial Data of Topsun, 2004-2010 
Revenue of Zhuhai Topsun by Application, 2007-2010H1
Revenue of Zhuhai Topsun by Product, 2007-2010H1 
Clients of Zhuhai Topsun, 2010H1 
AKM Revenue and Gross Profit, 2004-2010 
AKM Revenue and Operating Profit, 2004-2010 
Expenditures of AKM, 2004-2010
Major Clients of AKM 
Key Clients of Jingchengda Tech
Major clients of Kinwong
FPC Capacity of KinWong
Financial Data of Kinwong Electronic Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., 2004-2009 
Financial Data of Kintech (Zhuhai) Circuit Board Co., Ltd., 2005-2009 
Capacity of Shenzhen Jiazhihong Electronic Co., Ltd
Workflow of Shenzhen Jiazhihong Electronic Co., Ltd.
Financial Data of Shenzhen Jiazhihong Electronic, 2004-2009 
Process Capability of Three Golds Precise
Financial Data of Three Golds Precise, 2004-2008
Revenue and Operating Profit of Global Flex, 2004-2008
Revenue and Operating Profit of Newflex, 2005-2011
Financial Data of Xiamen New Flex, 2007
Revenue and Net Profit of Sumitomo Bakelite, FY2005-FY2011
Revenue of Sumitomo Bakelite’s PCB Division, FY2004-FY2011
Photographs of Cell-phone Applications
Photographs of Products
Financial Data of Parlex (Shanghai), 2007-2008
SI FLEX Revenue and Operating Profit, 2007-2010 
Financial Data of Huizhou Siflex and Weihai Siflex, 2007-2008
Revenue and Operating Margin of Sumitomo, FY2005-FY2011
Revenue of Sumitomo Electric by Division, FY2008-FY2011 
Revenue from FPC Division of Sumitomo, FY2007-FY2010
FPC Business Revenue of Sumitomo Electric, 2009Q1-2010Q3 
Revenue and Operating Margin of Daeduck Electronics, 2005-2011 
Revenue of Daeduck Electronics by Product, 2009-2011 
Revenue of Daeduck Electronics by Product, 2010Q1-2011Q4 
Revenue and Operating Margin of Daeduck GDS 
Revenue of Daeduck GDS by Sector, 2007-2010 
Interflex Revenue and Operating Profit, 2003-2011
Interflex Revenue by Product, 2009Q1-2010Q4
Clients of Interflex, 2006Q1-2010Q1 
Interflex Client Structure, 2011
Technological Capability of Interflex
Major Clients:
Revenue and Operating Profit of BH FLEX, 2005-2011
Major Clients:
Overseas Clients
Revenue of BH FLEX by Technology, 2010Q1
BHflex Revenue and Operating Profit, 2009Q1-2010Q4 
BHflex Revenue by Client, 2009-2011 
FLEXCOM Revenue and Operating Margin, 2006-2012E 
FLEXCOM Revenue by Client, 2011 
MFS Revenue and Profit Attributable to Shareholders, 2006-2010
MFS Revenue by Region, 2008-2010 
Organizational Structure of Ichia 
Ichia Revenue and Operating Margin, 2006-2011 
Ichia Revenue by Sector, 2009-2011 
Ichia Revenue by Sector, 2010Q1-2011Q4 
TAIFLEX Revenue and Operating Margin, 2002-2010 
TAIFLEX Revenue and Annual Growth Rate, Jan. 2010- Mar. 2011 
TAIFLEX Revenue by Product, 2009-2011 
Clients of TAIFLEX, 2011Q1 
ThinFlex Revenue and Annual Growth Rate, Jan. 2010- Mar. 2011
Revenue and Operating Profit of Nippon Steel Chemical, FY2005-FY2011 
Revenue of Nippon Steel Chemical by Product, FY2006-FY2011 
Arisawa Revenue and Operating Margin, FY2006-FY2011 
Arisawa Revenue and Gross Margin, FY2006-FY2010 
Arisawa Revenue by Product, FY2006-FY2011 
Revenue and Operating Margin of Microcosm Technology, 2003-2010 
Revenue and Annual Growth Rate of Microcosm Technology, Jan. 2010-Mar. 2011 
Revenue and Operating Margin of Asia Electronic Material, 2005-2010 
Revenue and Operating Margin of Taimide Technology, 2005-2010 

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