Liquid Photoimageable Solder Mask Market: Asia Pacific, Powered by China, Leading Growth

A recent research study by Transparency Market Research, titled, “Liquid Photoimageable Solder Mask Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017–2025,” examines the market to understand its prospects in the long run.

A solder mask, referred to as solder resist too, is a thin layer that covers copper traces thus doing away with the need for soldering on a printed circuit board (PCB) on both top and bottom sides to bring about reliability of PCB and also their better performance. Liquid photoimageable solder mask, on the other hand, is an electronic material of alkali type. It finds usage in printed circuit boards (PCB) of most of the electronic products.

Pressing need to preserve the environment has led to uptake of dehalogenate phthalocyanine pigments and dry films in place of liquid inks. At present the usefulness of oxetane resin is being tested in place of epoxy resin. Apart from that, the increased temperature required for soldering in case of lead-free solder is another factor that has led to uptake of liquid photoimageable solder. One just needs to create an opening in the solder mask at the exact place where the components are being soldered. This is achieved through photolithography.

Typically, a solder mask is green in color. But these days it is available in other colors too. The most affordable solder mask is epoxy liquid which is silkscreened via the pattern on to the PCB.

Among the others are dry film photoimageable solder mask (DFSM) and liquid photoimageable solder mask inks. At present, module circuit boards for substrate use of CPU and even flexible circuit boards meant to be put in the liquid crystal driver is available in the market. Over the course of the next few years, flexible circuit boards will likely be used extensively.

Depending upon type, the global market for liquid photoimageable solder mask can be segmented into liquid photoimageable type, epoxy liquid type, and dry film photoimageable. Depending upon technology again, the market can be classified into radiation cured mask, ultra-violet cured mask, and thermal cured mask. Key geographic segments of the market that have been studied in the report are Latin America, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. Among them, Asia Pacific market is seeing maximum growth mainly on account of China which is the largest producer and consumer of electronic products. Besides Asia Pacific, North America and Europe are other prominent markets for LIPSM because of the massive uptake of latest technologies. The Middle East and Africa is another key region because of the swift pace of development generating high demand for electronic products.

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Some of the prominent participants in the global market for solder mask that have been profiled in details in the report are Technic Europe, Guangzhou Kuanchung Photosensitivity Material Co., Ltd., ALLPCB, Inc., and Solder Mask, Inc. The report offers a glimpse into their strategies, sales and revenues. It also leverages SWOT Analysis and Porter’s Five Forces to understand the opportunities and threats awaiting players.

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