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ProSurf technology road map – a summary

John Ling (European Institute of Printed Circuits, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Peter Starkey (European Institute of Printed Circuits, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Michael Weinhold (European Institute of Printed Circuits, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 22 August 2008




In August 2007, the European Institute of Printed Circuits produced a Technology Roadmap for the industry for the period 2007‐2017. The purpose of this paper is to give details of the roadmap, the aim of which is to provide information which underpins the aims of the EU‐funded ProSurf project, which are to strengthen European small‐to‐medium enterprises (SME) competitiveness in both the medium‐ and long‐term through increasing knowledge and awareness of high‐tech methods in these industries.


The approach is an outline of the ProSurf project which will enable SMEs to have a clear view of the trends that will affect their businesses in the coming decade, and be delivered in a way that is readily comprehensible.


The summary highlights the present market, the market characteristics, and the position of the European PCB industry today. General factors which influence market trends are listed, within which the demands for miniaturisation and weight reduction, and higher data transmission rates are notable. There are specific requirements of each market sector, viz military, consumer, and automotive electronics, and here the roadmap looks at design rules and manufacturing capabilities. Towards the end of the roadmap attention is paid to the environmental considerations.


The ProSurf technology roadmap is a unique document without peer, and is specific to the European PCB industry whilst having considerable influence in other global areas as the technology demands within Europe impact upon production elsewhere.



Ling, J., Starkey, P. and Weinhold, M. (2008), "ProSurf technology road map – a summary", Circuit World, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 13-17.



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