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The Impact of Printed Circuit Boards in the Global Market April 26, 2016

We all know that the electronics industry contributes a huge amount in the global economy. The ratio of an individual and technology has multiplied ten times over the last five years with the many different gadgets and innovation produced by small, medium and large enterprises. What most people do not know is that an industry far larger and richer occupies the world economy; the industry of printed circuit boards.

Printed circuit boards are thin boards placed inside electronic devices and serves as the central nervous system. It is usually made of fiberglass and designed so that electricity can pass through to serve the electronic device’s main function. These are made to serve as the main conductor of the gadget and is modified and wired to make it work. These boards can come in different shapes and sizes based on the size and functionality of the gadget, which is often found in most electronic gadget we use everyday. Desktop computers, mobile phones, tablets, radio, landline phones and even toys have these printed circuit boards strategically embedded in the device.

The electronics company sometimes produces these boards themselves but often times they are a separate manufacturing company who get hired by these firms. Asia is the leading manufacturer of printed circuit boards with China topping the list. That is why a number of electronic companies, even if they are American or European based companies have their devices assembled in China. Second to China is Japan and Taiwan who in their own way has also contributed to the global market of printed circuit boards industry. The United States of America ranks only fifth but as startups and hardware enthusiasts continue to rise, more and more Americans have been producing their own circuit boards for their own products.

The impact of this industry in the global market continues to rise despite some challenges faced namely environmental and labor issues. Environmental because due to the large amounts being produced by these manufacturers, more technological waste is being exposed into the environment. As electronic devices are made up of different metals and chemicals, exposure to these can cause harm to human beings and animals. Labor issues are also being called to question due to the rise of other professions in the job market leading to the decline of electronic engineers and also the rise of hardware hobbyists and startups that are slowly picking up their pace in the global market. Labor and employment in the different Asian countries that produce these boards are also either rising or declining as these countries compete in the world market.

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Then again, the printed circuit board industry is not seen to slow down in the near future. They continue to rise by billions in the past year because of the increase of local markets producing their own technological devices and not depending anymore on big electronic companies importing their product to the different countries. More and more electronic companies have chosen to produce their own circuit boards because of the easy access to facilities that make them which was made easier through software and new innovations that can easily be set up in the home or in the office.

As this industry continues to make billions due to the increased demand for electronic gadgets, it is safe to say that it will not be experiencing a major decline in their business. Consumers nowadays are very heavy in consuming technological devices that suit their lifestyle and help them communicate with other people even some willing to purchase over the top gadgets that cause millions and millions of dollars just to be with the trend and lifestyle.

The electronics company sometimes produces these boards themselves but often times they are a separate manufacturing company who get hired by these firms.

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