• Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor

PCB industry dwindling, but has major potential

TraX Interconnect PCB Operative inspecting inner layer core

Eighteen years ago, the printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing industry in South Africa had five large and a dozen or so small PCB manufacturing plants. Today, it has dwindled to two large manufacturers and a hand full of smaller companies.

With that reduction, a large number of job opportunities were lost and also the ability for South Africa to produce PCBs at prices offered by large manufacturers elsewhere in the world. Yet despite this negativity, South Africa still has the expertise to compete on a technical level with the best in the world and, with the right support, has the potential for growth.

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