How to fix Flexible-PCB sourcing issues

A comparison of chemical wet etching and Dry Phase Patterning

Flex-PCB everywhere

The global flexible PCB market is expected to reach $33 billion USD by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 10.6% between 2015 and 2024. The Asian production capacity dominates and serves the rest of the world market.


10.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR)


As demand for Printed Circuit Board and Flexible Printed Circuit Boards grow, so do sourcing issues.

Causes of sourcing issues

  • Component shortages
  • Increasing prices of raw materials
  • Trade conflicts
  • Logistical complexity
  • Covid-19 disruption

A PCB shortage can lead to

  • Longer lead and production times
  • Decreased production
  • Layoffs
  • Declining revenue


with Chemical wet etching for Flex-PCB production

Slow and complex process
Complex logistic flow of multiple materials for processing
Corrosive chemicals
Can’t be installed in an electronic assembly environment
Environmental and sustainability issues: water, electricity, etc.


Secure the sourcing with in-house PCB production

With Dry Phase Patterning, you can secure and shorten the Flex-PCB production process by bringing it in-house. This speeds up prototyping and production while removing an entire step from your supply chain and simplify the logistics.

Quality materials from Avery Dennison

With the DPP technology you can use various types of flex foil materials for example Al (aluminum), Cu (copper) or (CCA) Copper Cladded Aluminum as top layer. The Copper Skin from Avery Dennison Hanita is an excellent (CCA) material for sustainable products in the DPP 360 machine. Copper Skin give the cost advantages of aluminum foil with the trouble-free connectivity of copper in this innovative combination of the two.

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Chemical wet etching vs. Dry Phase Patterning

Sourcing issues are not going away any time soon. But you can minimize the effect of sourcing issues by bringing your PCB production in house with Dry Phase Patterning.

Would you like to learn more about Dry Phase Patterning?
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You can also reach our team directly:

Tommy Höglund
Sales & Marketing Manager, DP Patterning
+46 72 245 46 74

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