On the 21st of March, 2017, Jaapson was invited to attend the Shenzhen Hardware Startup Conference, and our Business Manager Mr. Baggio WangFan took part in the meeting. This conference is about high-tech and black-tech hardware startup, including robotics, drones, VR, AR, Game hardware, wearables, etc. Mr. Baggio WangFan was invited to take an interview.
Below is part of their conversation:
Question-1: What is Jaapson's mission?
Answer: Jaapson is focused on prototype and smaller quantity PCB manufacturing, like multilayer PCB, impedance control PCB, HDI PCB, Rigid-flex PCB, Flexible PCB, etc. I think startups represent the future, you never know who is becoming the industry leader, who will advance our society, and whose products will change the way of our life. We want to be part of this change, and we are very interested in helping hardware startup companies.
Question-2: How does Jaapson help hardware startup companies?
Answer: 1) Product development speed is very important to startups, we offer fast production service, like 24 hours for 2 layer board, 48 hours for 4 layer board, 4 days for 6 layer board, etc.
2) Manytimes, hardware designers don't think of DFM (Design for manufacturability) in PCB layout process, we communicate with them from the begining to make sure their design is manufacturable.
3) Also, we suggest better options to help them lowering manufacturing cost and improving chance of success. For example, if you have a 6 layer rigid-flex PCB, maybe you can change it to a 6 layer rigid PCB + a 4 layer rigid PCB; if you have BGA, it is better that you use Immersion gold finishing, instead of HASL finishing; Try to avoid blind via or buried via as much as you can, etc
Question-3: As world economy slows down, how does it impact PCB and hardware industry?
As the backbone of all electronics, printed circuit board plays a vital role in hardwares and all electronic prodducts. Even though world economy is not so good, but Jaapson has been enjoying a steady revenue growth of 10% each year. When time is difficult, maybe people will buy less clothes, travel less, use old cars, etc, but people are always interested in high-tech and enjoy the convenience it brings to us.
On the other hand, manufacturing sector plays an important role in employment, I think all governments, be China, USA, Europe, India, etc will encourage investment in this industry. You can see the Amercian President Donald Trump is already doing this by bringing manufacturing industry back to USA.