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Taiwan-based flexible PCB manufacturers have been enhancing gradually their technology and manufacturing capability, posing a threat to fellow Japan-based FPCB vendors such as Nippon Mektron, according to a Digitimes report.
Zhen Ding Technology is looking to expand further its global market share with plans to raise new capital. Flexium Interconnect, which has obtained new orders for high-margin products such as communication management modules and high-frequency wireless transmission modules from both the notebook and handset sectors, has plans to invest a total of NT$10.5 billion ($340.8 million) in the establishment of a new operations center for the development of 5G communication products.
Digitimes notes that Career Technology, reportedly contracted by Apple to supply liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna FPCBs for iPhones, also raised a total of NT$2.92 billion in capital in March 2018 for the establishment of new LCP antenna FPCB production lines. Uniflex Technology, another Taiwan-based FPCB firm, has reportedly entered the supply chain of Korea-based smartphone brands by supplying NFC (near field communication) FPCBs and has expanded its presence in the market for smartphone wireless charging FPCBs. Digitimes reports that Uniflex is also scheduled to complete its planned cash capital increase in the fourth quarter of 2018.