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Samsung Motor announces end to flexible printed circuit board RFPCB business Without affecting iPhone production

via:IT之家     time:2021/10/18 14:04:04     readed:300

IT House reported on October 18 that Samsung Electro-Mechanics announced on October 15 that it was terminating its flexible printed circuit board (RFPCB line) business, according to South Korean media TheElec. The company has been producing such products at its plants in Vietnam.

RFPCB flexible printed circuit board (also known as line) is used for OLED panel and circuit board, camera module and motherboard connection, with high flexibility, thickness is very thin, so that the signal can be smoothly transferred from the display control panel to the display panel. Previously, Samsung Electric RFPCB's customers were mainly Apple and Samsung Electronics.

According to statistics, Apple's annual sales are about 300 billion won, and That's 100 billion won for Chinese handset makers and Samsung Electronics. However, Samsung Motor loses about 50 billion won (about 272 million yuan) a year. The company said overall profitability would improve after exiting the RFPCB business, despite lower sales. Since then, RFPCB Flexible PRINTED boards are expected to be sold to BH or Youngpoong Electronics, which already supplies Apple and are expected to take over apple orders when the business is acquired.

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Foreign media said that Apple's iPhone 13 series of mobile phones RFPCB flexible circuit board, BH supply accounted for 50%, Samsung motor accounted for about 30%, Youngpoong Electronic accounted for about 10%. Samsung and BH previously accounted for a similar proportion of supplies in 2020, but this year production has been reduced.

Interflex, another company, had supplied Apple with RFPCBs for the iPhone X OLED screen and touch layer as early as 2017, but the low yield had led to screen failures, so Apple removed the vendor.

It learned that the CEO of Samsung Electric had said in 2020 that the company would exit the RFPCB and wireless communications module businesses because its profitability was hampered by fixed costs.

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