Global and China FPCB(Flexible Printed Circuit Board) Industry Report, 2014
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Global and China FPCB Industry Report, 2014 mainly deals with the followings:
1. Overview of FPCB;
2. FPCB market;
3. FPCB industry;
4. 22 FPCB vendors;
5. 9 FCCL vendors.

In 2013, FPCB industry enjoyed a high-speed growth with the market size approximating USD12.03 billion, up 16.2% from the level in 2012. The South Korean vendors developed rapidly and were excessively upbeat about the industry’s outlook, aggressively expanding capacity starting from the very beginning of 2012. As a result, most of new capacity was available in Q2 2013. However, the FPCB companies in South Korea without diversified customers, were heavily dependent on the key accounts such as Samsung and LG, thus making them less competitive during negotiations. Therefore, these vendors cut the prices steeply in Q4 2013, sending them into price war.

In 2014, price decline continued to deteriorate, which led to a sharp fall in revenue of South Korean vendors. The implications of high-speed capacity expansion are high fixed costs, which would thus result in a plunge in profit margin. It is projected that the revenue of INTERFLEX, a leading South Korean FPCB company, would tumble by 50%, and its operating margin would record a 27% loss in 2014 in contrast to no-profit-no-loss in 2013. Additionally, affected by the order shift of Apple, the company has hardly received any orders from Apple in 2014.

Another pressure for the vendors in South Korea came from the depreciated yen, and the won appreciated against the yen. However, the Japanese products have better performance; coupled with the reduced prices bought on by yen depreciation, they are more competitive.

Apple shortened the supply chain, giving more of its orders to the vendors in Taiwan, which resulted in a fall in revenue of M-Flex, at an estimated 20% drop in 2014. And as the losses expand, M-Flex’s operating margin is expected to slip from -8.4% in 2013 to -11.8%.

Despite a substantial decline in revenue of the South Korean vendors, the biggest customer of FPCB market—Apple did not bring down the purchase price. Meanwhile, the new iPhones have bigger size and therefore need more FPCBs. Consequently, the vendors in Taiwan and Japan saw a big increase in revenue, thereby filling in the vacuum. We predict that in 2014 the market size of FPCB worldwide reached USD12.608 billion, up 4.8% from 2013.

Of the Taiwanese vendors, ZDT generated the most revenue. ZDT under Hon Hai obtained more of the orders from Apple. It is forecasted that its revenue will jump by 55% to USD1.518 billion in 2014, overtaking Japan’s SEI as the world's second. In contrast, the world’s first NOK reduced the capacity in Japan, instead expanded the capacity in Thailand and Mainland China, which helped not only substantially increase its revenue but also rapidly turn out of red. At the same time, the global HDD market tends to be stable, with the shipments rising mildly from 2013. The HDD for FPCB is the main product of NOK, an Apple's leading supplier.

We project that in 2015 smartphones will present a slowing growth, tablet PCs will begin to decline, notebook computers will grow slightly or be flat. Moreover, LCD-TVs are expected to grow by a small margin. And wearable devices are very likely to rise significantly, but its application of FPCB is too small to fuel the market. In 2015, it is more than likely that LCD-TV will be the mainstay to drive the market. And after 6-8 years of popularization, LCD-TV is expected to undergo a boom of TV set replacement. And consumers will choose 4K TV with higher resolution or change the original smaller 32-37 inch television to 40-42 inch television.

We expect that it will be very hard for the South Korean vendors to reverse the downtrend when Samsung’s mobile phone shipments slow down and its LCD shipments are falling with losses. It is more likely that the South Korean vendors will suffer collapse, while the companies from Japan and China’s Taiwan will benefit from it, especially Japanese ones that had improved the competitiveness after the repeated depreciation of yen.

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1 Overview of FPCB
1.1 Overview
1.2 Single Side FPCB
1.3 Double Side, Double Access Flexible Circuit, Single+Single, and Multi-layer
1.4 Manufacturing Process of FPCB
1.5 FinePitch FPCB
1.6 PEDLIM

2 FPCB Market
2.1 Market Size
2.2 Global Mobile Phone Market
2.3 Global Smartphone Market
2.4 China’s Mobile Phone Market
2.5 Tablet PC Market
2.6 Notebook Computer Market
2.7 Desktop PC Market
2.8 Touch Panel Market Size
2.9 Ranking of Touch Panel Companies
2.10 Supplier Relationship between Touch Panel Companies and Their Customers
2.11 Wearable Devices 

3 FPCB Industry
3.1 Industry Chain
3.2 Business Model
3.3 Geographical Distribution
3.4 FPCB Supplier Relationship
3.5 Mobile Phone FPCB Supplier Relationship
3.6 Ranking of FPCB Vendors

4 FPCB Companies
4.1 FUJIKURA
4.2 Nippon Mektron
4.2.1 MEKTEC (Zhuhai)
4.2.2 MEKTEC (Suzhou)
4.3 NITTO DENKO
4.4 Dexerials 
4.5 M-FLEX
4.6 FLEXIUM
4.7 CAREER
4.8 SUNFLEX
4.9 AKM
4.10 Xiamen Hongxin Electron-Tech Co., Ltd.
4.11 Parlex
4.12 SI Flex
4.13 Sumitomo Electric Industries
4.14 DAEDUCK GDS
4.15 Interflex
4.16 Shenzhen JingChengDa Circuit Technology Co., Ltd.
4.17 BHflex 
4.18 Newflex 
4.19 FLEXCOM
4.20 MFS
4.21 Ichia
4.22 ZDT

5 FCCL Companies
5.1 GraceElectron
5.2 Taiflex
5.3 ThinFlex
5.4 NIPPON STEEL CHEMICAL
5.5 Arisawa
5.6 MICROCOSM
5.7 AEM
5.8 TAIMIDE
5.9 INNOX
FPC Single-side Board Structure
Double-side PCB Structure
Double Access Flexible Circuit
Single+Single Side Structure
Double-layer Board Structure
COF Diagram
Schematic Diagram of Flexible and Rigid PCB
Manufacturing Process of FPCB
Working Principle of Exposure Machine
Film Developing Solution Spray
Etching Solution Spray
Film Stripping Process 
FPCB L/S Roadmap
FPCB Market Size, 2007-2015E  
FPCB Market Downstream Distribution, 2013\2017E  
Global Mobile Shipments, 2007-2015E  
Shipment Breakdown of 3G/4G Mobile Phones Worldwide by Region, 2011-2014  
Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales to End Users by Vendor, 2013
Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor, 2013
Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System, 2013
Shipments of Top 13 Global Smartphone Companies, 2013-2015E  
Monthly Shipments of Mobiles Phones in China, Jan.-Sep. 2014
Shipments of Tablet PCs Worldwide, 2011-2016E  
Market Share of Major Tablet PC Brands, 2013  
Output of Global Tablet PC Companies, 2012-2013
Notebook PC Shipments, 2008-2015E
Shipments of Major Notebook PC ODMs Worldwide, 2010-2013
HDD Shipments, 2009-2015E  
Desktop PC Shipments, 2008-2015E  
Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2013
Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments 2013
Market Size of Touch Screens Worldwide (by Sales), 2010-2016E  
Market Size of Touch Screens Worldwide (by Shipment), 2010-2016E  
Downstream Distribution of Global Touch Screen Market by Shipment, 2010-2015E  
Revenue of Major Global OUT-CELL Touch Screen Vendors, 2010-2013  
Operating Margin of Major Global OUT-CELL Touch Screen Vendors, 2012-2013  
Shipments of Major Touch Screen Vendors, 2010-2013
Market Share of Samsung’s Mobile Phone Touch Screen Suppliers, 2012-2013
Market Share of Samsung’s Tablet PC Touch Screen Suppliers, 2012-2013
Supply Structure of Nokia’s Major Touch Screen Suppliers, 2012  
Supply Structure of LG’s Major Touch Screen Suppliers, 2012  
Supply Structure of HTC’s Major Touch Screen Suppliers, 2012  
Shipments of Wearable Devices Worldwide, 2012-2020E
Shipments of Wearable Devices in China, 2012-2016E  
Market Size of Wearable Devices in China, 2012-2016E
FPCB Industry Chain in Taiwan 
Revenue Breakdown of Global FPCB Industry by Region, 2009-2013 
Supply Structure of Samsung’s Major FPCB Suppliers by Sales, 2011-2013
Supply Structure of LG’s Major FPCB Suppliers by Sales, 2011
Supply Structure of Apple’s Major FPCB Suppliers by Sales, 2011-2013
Supply Structure of Major iPhone FPCB Suppliers, 2013-2014
Ranking of FPCB Vendors in Japan by Revenue, 2010-2014  
Ranking of FPCB Vendors in S. Korea by Revenue, 2012-2014  
Ranking of FPCB Vendors in S. Korea by Operating Margin, 2012-2014  
Ranking of FPCB Vendors in Taiwan by Revenue, 2010-2014   
Ranking of FPC Vendors in Taiwan by Operating Margin, 2009-2014   
Ranking of Major FPCB Vendors Worldwide by Revenue, 2010-2014   
FUJIKURA’s Bases in Thailand
Revenue and Operating Income of FUJIKURA, FY 2004-FY 2015
Revenue Breakdown of FUJIKURA by Segment, FY 2008-FY 2013
Revenue Breakdown of Fujikura by Product, FY 2013-FY 2015
Operating Income Breakdown of FUJIKURA by Segment, FY 2007-FY 2013
FPC Revenue Breakdown of Fujikura by Product, FY 2008-FY 2015
Revenue and Operating Income of FUJIKURA’s Electronics Division, FY2014-FY2015
Revenue and Operating Income of NOK, FY 2006-FY 2015
Revenue Breakdown of NOK by Product, FY 2006-FY 2015
Revenue Breakdown of NOK by Region, FY2010-FY2015
Revenue Breakdown of MEKTRON by Region, FY 2010-FY 2015
Mektron’s Distribution Worldwide
Revenue and Operating Margin of MEKTEC (Zhuhai), 2008-2014  
Revenue and Operating Margin of NITTO DENKO, FY 2005-FY 2015
FPC Revenue and Optronics Operating Income of NITTO DENKO, FY 2009-FY 2015
Revenue and Operating Income of M-FLEX, FY 2004-FY 2014  
Monthly Revenue of MFLEX, 3Q12-3Q14
Revenue Breakdown of M-FLEX by Region, FY 2010-FY 2013
Revenue Structure of M-FELX by Country, FY 2006-FY 2013
Operating Income Breakdown of M-FELX by Region, FY 2006-FY 2013
Custom Structure of M-FLEX, FY 2006-FY 2014
Revenue Breakdown of MFLEX by Downstream Sector, 2008Q4-2014Q2
Revenue and Gross Margin of Flexium, 2005-2014
Revenue and Operating Margin of Flexium, 2005-2014  
Monthly Revenue and YoY Growth of Flexium, Oct.2012-Oct. 2014
Downstream Application Breakdown of Flexium by Revenue, 2009-2013 
Flexium’s FPC Breakdown by Number of Layers, 2009-2013  
Relationship between CAREER and Associate Companies
Profile of CAREER’s Segments 
Revenue and Operating Margin of CAREER, 2003-2014  
Revenue and YoY Growth of CAREER, Oct.2012-Oct. 2014
Revenue Breakdown of CAREER by Customer, 2013-2014
Main Business of CAREER’s Factories, 2012  
Brief Financials of CAREER's Subsidiaries in China’s Mainland, 2013  
Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of SUNFLEX, Sep. 2012-Sep. 2014
Profile of all Segments of SUNFLEX
Revenue and Gross Margin of AKM, 2006-2014
Revenue and Operating Income of AKM, 2006-2014
Revenue Breakdown of AKM by Segment, 2009-2014
AKM’s Major Customers
AKMFPC’s Technical Capacity
Assets and Liabilities of Xiamen Hongxin, 2011-2014  
Revenue and Operating Income of Xiamen Hongxin, 2011-2014  
Sales Volume and ASP of Xiamen Hongxin, 2011-2014
Customer Distribution of Xiamen Hongxin, 2013-2014
Revenue and Operating Income of SI FLEX, 2007-2014  
Revenue and Operating Margin of Sumitomo Electric Industries, FY 2008-FY 2015  
Revenue of Sumitomo Electric Industries’ FPC Division, FY 2008-FY 2015
Revenue and Operating Margin of GDS, 2005-2014  
Revenue Breakdown of GDS by Segment, 2010-2014  
Revenue and Operating Margin of Interflex, 2005-2014  
Revenue Breakdown of Interflex by Product, 2011Q1-2013Q4
Revenue Breakdown of Interflex by Customer, 2009-2013
Interflex’s Capacity, 2009-2012 
Revenue and Operating Income of BHflex, 2005-2014   
Revenue Breakdown of BHflex by Customer, 2009-2012
Revenue Breakdown of BHflex by Customer, 2013
Revenue Breakdown of BHflex by Downstream Application, 2009-2012 
Revenue and Operating Income of Newflex, 2005-2014  
Revenue and Operating Margin of FLEXCOM, 2006-2014    
Revenue Breakdown of FLEXCOM by Customer, 2011
Quarterly Revenue and Operating Margin of Flexcom, 2013Q1-2014Q4
Revenue and Profit Attributable to Shareholders of MFS, 2006-2014  
Revenue Breakdown of MFS by Region, 2008-2013 
Revenue and Operating Margin of Ichia, 2006-2014  
Monthly Revenue of Ichia, Oct. 2012-Oct.2014
Revenue and Gross Margin of Ichia’s FPCB, 2012Q1-2014Q3
Revenue Breakdown of ICHIA by Downstream Segment, 2012-2013
Revenue Breakdown of ICHIA by Downstream Segment, 2014 
ZDT’s Distribution Worldwide
Revenue and Operating Margin of ZDT, 2008-2014  
Revenue and Gross Margin of ZDT, 2008-2014
Consolidated Balance Sheet of ZDT, 2013-2014
Monthly Revenue of ZDT, Oct. 2012-Oct.2014
Number of Employees of ZDT, 2006-end of 2014 
Financial Statement of ZDT’s Subsidiaries in Mainland China, 2013
Revenue and Operating Margin of Taiflex, 2002-2014  
Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of Taiflex, Oct. 2012-Oct.2014
Revenue Breakdown of Taiflex by Downstream Segment, 2008-2014  
Revenue Structure of Taiflex’s FCCL Product, 2009-2012  
Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of ThinFlex, Oct. 2010-Oct.2014
Revenue and Operating Income of NIPPON STEEL CHEMICAL, FY 2008-FY 2015
Revenue Breakdown of NIPPON STEEL CHEMICAL by Product, FY 2006-FY 2015
Revenue and Operating Margin of Arisawa, FY 2008-FY 2015  
Revenue Breakdown of Arisawa by Product, FY 2008-FY 2014 
Revenue and Operating Margin of MICROCOSM, 2003-2014  
Revenue and Growth Rate of MICROCOSM, Oct. 2012-Oct.2014
Revenue and Operating Margin of AEM, 2007-2014  
Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of AEM, Oct. 2012-Oct.2014
Revenue Breakdown of AEM by Product, 2014  
Revenue and Operating Margin of TAIMIDE, 2005-2014    
Monthly Revenue and Growth Rate of TAIMIDE, Oct. 2012-Oct.2014
Revenue Breakdown of TAIMIDE by Customer, 2010-2011  
Market Share of Major PI Vendors Worldwide, 2011  
Revenue and Operating Margin of INNOX, 2005-2014    
Revenue Breakdown of INNOX by Product, 2011-2013  
Revenue Breakdown of INNOX by Customer, 2012 

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