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How to fix Flexible-PCB sourcing issues

A comparison of chemical wet etching and Dry Phase Patterning

Flex-PCB everywhere

The global flexible PCB market is expected to reach $33 billion USD by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 10.6% between 2015 and 2024. The Asian production capacity dominates and serves the rest of the world market.

33000000000 USD

10.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 – 2024


with Chemical wet etching for Flex-PCB production

Slow and complex process
Complex logistic flow of multiple materials for processing
Corrosive chemicals
Can’t be installed in an electronic assembly environment
Environmental and sustainability issues: water, electricity, etc.

The Solution

Secure the sourcing with in-house PCB production

With Dry Phase Patterning, you can secure and shorten the Flex-PCB production process by bringing it in-house. This speeds up prototyping and production while removing an entire step from your supply chain and simplify the logistics.

Quality materials from Avery Dennison

With the DPP technology you can use various types of flex foil materials for example Al (aluminum), Cu (copper) or (CCA) Copper Cladded Aluminum as top layer. The Copper Skin from Avery Dennison Hanita is an excellent (CCA) material for sustainable products in the DPP 360 machine. Copper Skin give the cost advantages of aluminum foil with the trouble-free connectivity of copper in this innovative combination of the two.

Chemical wet etching vs. Dry Phase Patterning

Manufacturing process

Chemical wet etching

Time elapsed: days to weeks
Multiple Raw materials
Master print
Chemical etching
Wash process
Master print removal
Quality control
Harmful waste handling
Finished product

Dry Phase Patterning

Time elapsed: minutes to hours
Single Raw material
Patterning and metal removal
Quality control
Re-usable residuals
Finished product

Lead time

The amount of time that passes between the start and end of a process.

Chemical wet etching

Shipping product from overseas

Dry Phase Patterning

No shipping, production handled in-house

Manufacturing costs

Costs incurred during the production of a product.

Chemical wet etching

High material and operation costs

Dry Phase Patterning

Low material processing and operation costs

Logistics simplicity

The ease of managing how resources are acquired, stored, and transported to their final destination.

Chemical wet etching

Ordering, storing and transporting multiple materials

Dry Phase Patterning

Ordering, storing and transporting one material


Conservation of natural resources and the environment.

Chemical wet etching

High power consumption
Uses corrosive chemicals and a lot of water/electricity. Residuals end up as land fill. Long-distance shipping increases carbon footprint even more

Dry Phase Patterning

Low power consumption
Uses no chemicals and far less water/electricity. Metal residuals can be recycled. Decreased carbon footprint thanks to in-house production

Worker safety

Healthy and secure working environment.

Chemical wet etching

Corrosive chemicals

Dry Phase Patterning

Mechanical process, no chemicals

Intellectual property

Copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets.

Chemical wet etching

Send your designs to another company for production

Dry Phase Patterning

Keep your designs in-house


Staffan Nordlinder
+46 708 200 811

Tommy Höglund
+46 722 454 674

DP Patterning machine

Visiting address
DP Patterning AB
Södra Grytgatan 4
602 33 Norrköping, Sweden

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