Copper Shortage to Raise PCB Prices

A shortage of copper and copper foil, used in the production of printed circuit board (PCB) is likely to send prices higher according to Raymond Goh, COO of Elmatica AS (Oslo, Norway), a PCB broker.

The cause of the shortage is the global output of copper is not increasing while demand for copper in lithium batteries for automotive applications is and that as a result a current shortage of copper foil will persist.

To add to the supply pressures, China is planning to ban the importation of electronic waste, a significant source of recycled copper.

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