Since the beginning of 2021, many PCB manufacturers have warned their clients of a shortage of materials, such as copper, laminates, etc. This has resulted in a price increase of all PCB prices in the last few months.
This comes at a very inconvenient time, as nearly everyone is struggling with the high demand for components, and this demand does not seem to slow down. Now all the procurement and logistics managers can add PCB material shortage to the list.
What can be done to avoid your product being delayed due to this?
The keywords: Preparation and flexibility!
We highly recommend that you keep an open mind for alternative materials, plan production far earlier than normal and try to establish relations with more suppliers than your usual two or three go-to suppliers.