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TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwan's PCB manufacturers are expanding production capacities in regions of mainland China, including the eastern regions around Suzhou, Kunshan, and Changshu, according to the China Economic News Service (CENS).
Taiwan's government must grant permission for production by domestic companies in the mainland. CENS reports that companies outsourcing in China predict monthly production capacity rising 5 million square feet by the end of 2007.
Ya Hsin is expected to lead PCB manufacturers in capacity increases, opening a plant in Suzhou to produce PCBs for electronic devices such as digital versatile disk players and liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, which it also manufactures. CENS reported that Gold Circuit Electronics opened a Changshu plant to produce PCBs for notebook computers, and is capable of doubling capacity at the location, if necessary. Chin-Poon is building a plant in Changshu to begin mass production in Q'03 2007, also with room for capacity expansion.
Victory Circuit Co. and Yang An Electronics Co. will open their first China facilities. Other companies such as HannStar Board Corp.; Shanghai Unitech Electronics Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Printed Circuit Board Corp.; Plotech Co.; Dynamic PCB Co.; and APCB Inc. all are expanding production capacities targeting mid-2007 for full operation of new or expanded facilities. To learn more about the impact of Taiwanese companies on eastern China, read Taiwan Maneuvers in the Outsourcing Game.