LONDON PCB prices in Europe are set to rise as a result of increases in costs of raw- and auxiliary materials as well as charges for energy.
According to VdL (Printed Circuit Board Association, Verband der Leiterplattenindustrie) and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association) Division Electronic Components and Systems in the first quarter of 2006 these increases will be passed onto the sales prices of PCBs in Europe.
The organisations say during the last year the manufacturers of chemicals, tools and base materials had to cope with significant and unexpected additional costs. The price of crude oil rose by 41 %, resulting in higher costs for chemicals and energy (electricity, heating etc.). The price increase of gold was about 20% (needed for surfaces), and aluminium was up 24%.
Tungsten, used to make drilling tools, rose by almost 300% during the past twelve months. Also copper prices rose by 46%, so prices of copper-clad base materials had to be adjusted. These increases were seen worldwide and further rationalisation of the industry will meet the gap between sales and costs.