Global Automotive PCB Market 2020-2025

August 13, 2020
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  • Scientists have developed printable light sensors for multichannel Visible Light Communication (VLC), can be the new era for displays and touch screen.
  • Boeing and Airbus have opened their assembly plant in China, which will increase the demand for PCBs in the region.
  • Harwin announced Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs) assembly for satellite, aerospace and defense application.
  • China has built a low-cost PCB load cell combination board-Rigid -Flex circuit PCB.
  • Advance Driving Assistance System (ADAS) to use PCB for better operation and accuracy.
  • New laser Direct Imaging technology to solder mask at high speed to decrease production cost significantly.
  • Harting to replace Flexible Circuit Boards (FCBs) with a new solution based on 3D-MID (Mechatronic Integrated Device) which will be available at lower cost than FCBs.
  • Apple iPads and MacBook with mini LEDs to feature three-layered super-thin rigid PCBs.



The future of the automotive industry looks optimistic with the ongoing development of electric vehicles, self-driven cars, aerospace and what not. The evolution of the PCB industry in the automotive sector will be rising fast with the emphasis on the autonomous and electric vehicles. The printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the ones that hold together all the delicate sensors and the components that is required for the steady operation of an automotive vehicle.


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In the field of automotive printed circuit boards (PCBs), reliability is utmost. They need to survive severe environmental conditions and vibrations without any delay in performance. Also, the boards are anticipated to be completely operative in the long run as well. The thermal resistance and durability make an automotive printed circuit board (PCBs) distinct from the rest.

 The PCB manufacturers are obliged to be qualified with ISO/TS 16949 based on ISO 9001 automotive standards.

The table lists a few standards which can be used to aid PCB developers in guaranteeing their products are reliable for the automotive industry.

Regulation / StandardDescriptionAutomotive FocusRegulatory or Testing Body
AEC-Q100Provides failure test qualifications for ICs (integrated circuits)Component functionality and reliabilityAutomotive Electronics Council (AEC)
AEC-Q101Provides failure test qualifications for discrete semiconductorsComponent functionality and reliabilityAutomotive Electronics Council (AEC)
AEC-Q102Provides failure test qualifications for discrete optoelectronic semiconductorsComponent functionality and reliabilityAutomotive Electronics Council (AEC)
AEC-Q104Provides failure test qualifications for multichip modulesComponent functionality and reliabilityAutomotive Electronics Council (AEC)
AEC-Q200Provides failure test qualifications for passive componentsComponent functionality and reliabilityAutomotive Electronics Council (AEC)
IATF 16949Defines guidelines and requirements for automotive industry quality management systems (QMS)Electronic product design and developmentInternational Automotive Task Force (IATF)
IPC-6011Defines generic performance specifications for PCBsPCB design and manufacturingIPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
IPC-6012DADefines tolerances and test procedures for rigid PCBs used in automotive systemsPCB design, manufacturing and testingIPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
IPC-6013DDefines performance specifications for flex and rigid-flex PCBsPCB design and manufacturingIPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
SAE J3016_201401Defines classes for automated driving systemsVehicle type classificationSociety of Automotive Engineers (SAE)


Few areas in Automotive where PCBs are used –

  • Antilock Brake Systems (ABS)
  • Audio systems
  • Digital displays
  • Power relays
  • Battery Control System
  • DC/AC power converters
  • Dashboard
  • Transmission sensors
  • LED lighting systems
  • Radar
  • Engine timing systems
  • Steering
  • Electronic mirror controls
  • Airbag
  • Air Conditioner System







 A single-layer or single-sided PCB is one that is made out of a single layer of substrate or base material. One of the sides is coated with a thin layer of metal, e.g. Copper. Once the metal base plating is applied, a protective solder mask is typically used and at last, silk-screen to spot all the elements on the board.

Since single-layer PCBs only have their various circuits and components soldered onto one side, they are easy to design and manufacture. For high-volume orders, they can be purchased at a low-cost. They are generally used for a variety of applications like calculators, radio, cameras, solid-state drives, printers and power supplies.



 Double-layer/ double-sided PCBs use a thin layer of conductive metal like Copper, which is applied to both sides of the board. Holes are drilled through the board which allow circuits on one side of the board to connect to the other side.

The circuits and components of a double-sided PCB are usually connected in one of two ways: either utilizing a through-hole using small wires or with the use of a surface-mount which has many short leads soldered directly to the board. This makes space to permit the board to complete more functions, usually at higher speeds and lighter weight than a through-hole board would allow.

Instrumentation, HVAC systems, LED lighting, Automotive dashboards, Amplifiers and Vending machines.



Multi-layer PCBs consist of three or more double-layered PCBs. These boards are secured together with a specialized glue and crammed between pieces of insulation to safeguard it from excess heat which can melt any of the components.

Multi-layer PCBs come in a different size, starting from four layers to ten or twelve layers.

Complicated electrical tasks require compact and elaborate designs of PCB. Applications f multi-layer PCBs include File servers, Data storage, GPS technology, Satellite systems, Weather analysis and Medical equipment.


Apart from this Rigid PCBs, Flexible PCBs, Flex-Rigid PCBs, HDI PCBs, LED PCBs are also available in the market.



Lighting. Because of low power consumption and high levels of efficiency, LED-based lighting is becoming popular. Generally, aluminium-backed PCBs are used to make them. These PCBs serve as heat sinks and permit for higher levels of heat transfer than a standard PCB. Similar aluminium-backed PCBs are used in both high-lumen LED applications and essential lighting solutions.


Automotive and aerospace industries: Both the automotive and aerospace industries use flexible PCBs, which are designed to endure high-vibration environments. Depending on the specifications and design, they can also be very lightweight. They can adapt to tight spaces that might be present in various applications, such as inside the instrument panels or behind the instrument gauge on a dashboard.







Sl noTopic
1Market Segmentation
2Scope of the report
4Research Methodology
5Executive Summary
7Insights from Industry stakeholders
8Cost breakdown of Product by sub-components and average profit margin
9Disruptive innovation in the Industry
10Technology trends in the Industry
11Consumer trends in the industry
12Recent Production Milestones
13Component Manufacturing in US, EU and China
14COVID-19 impact on overall market
15COVID-19 impact on Production of components
16COVID-19 impact on Point of sale
17Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Geography, 2020-2025
18Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Product Type, 2020-2025
19Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Application, 2020-2025
20Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by End use, 2020-2025
21Product installation rate by OEM, 2020
22Incline/Decline in Average B-2-B selling price in past 5 years
23Competition from substitute products
24Gross margin and average profitability of suppliers
25New product development in past 12 months
26M&A in past 12 months
27Growth strategy of leading players
28Market share of vendors, 2020
29Company Profiles
30Unmet needs and opportunity for new suppliers


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