Statuses of South Korea IC substrate industry

Yen Chou, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei 0


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Korea's top three PCB suppliers SEMCO, LG Innotek and Daeduck, after discontinuing their unprofitable PCB products and moving toward high-end IC substrates, have stabilized their PCB revenue and profitability.

Supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 and increasing demand for advanced packaging processes had put IC substrates in tight supply.

Furthermore, pressured by the competition from rapidly rising China-based firms including Shennan Circuits and Fastprint in the printed circuit board (PCB) sector, Korea-based suppliers had no choice but to abandon their rigid-flex (RF) PCB, high density interconnect (HDI) PCB, and other PCB business with narrow profit margins and transition toward IC substrates for flip chip ball grid array (FCBGA) packaging with a higher technological barrier and profit margin.

Thanks to the decision, Korea's top three PCB suppliers SEMCO, LG Innotek and Daeduck are able to stabilize their PCB revenue and profitability by moving their focus toward higher-end product lines.

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