APCT, your customized global solutions partner

Why would you choose to manufacture your printed circuit boards outside the United States? If you’re like most companies who go with offshore production, you’re looking for a better price. Unfortunately, saving money can mean sacrificing on-time delivery and reliable quality, and that costs you more in the end. To reap the cost benefits of overseas manufacturing, you need a partner who knows the ropes. That’s where the expertise of the APCT Global team shines. At APCT Global, we handle the hard stuff:

  • qualifying a supplier
  • transferring design recipes
  • answering engineering questions & quality concerns
  • overcoming potential language barriers & logistic issues
  • working across multiple time zones & exchange rates
  • managing inventory

APCT Global eliminates all the headaches, delays, and logistic challenges that come with managing global procurement. We don’t just connect you with offshore manufacturers, APCT Global manages the entire operation.

Successful offshore manufacturing begins with nurturing reliable partnerships, and at APCT we are very vigilant about qualifying who we work with. All our manufacturers must pass strict standards, including financial strength, in-house processes, and consistent quality and on-time delivery. Not only do our partners have the capability of delivering high-volume orders at very cost-effective pricing, they share our business philosophies of serving our customers with a quality-first approach, cutting-edge technology, and lead-time expertise.

We’ve made a point of partnering with facilities that meet the technology needs of our customers.

We have business partners that specialize in standard, through-hole technology work, such as 2-layer to 10-layer boards. We have partners who specialize in advanced, HDI multiple lam cycle technology work, such as 38-layer 7 lam cycle work. Based on volume, lead time, technology, and pricing, APCT matches the needs of our customers with the strengths of the appropriate business partner offshore.

 

APCT Global Regions

APCT Global has developed strong partnerships in five major regions of Asia: Japan, Taiwan, Northern and Southern China, and Vietnam. Below is a description of their capabilities:

JAPAN

Our Tokyo-based partners offer advanced technologies (HDI) with lead times ranging from 5 – 8 weeks. Our Japanese partners offer additional capacity to our HDI domestic manufacturing. APCT has a long history of multi-lamination builds with partners here, demonstrating consistent quality and delivery.

Technology ranges are as follows:

  • Rigid 10 – 30 layers
  • HDI — blind and buried, ELIC via structures up to 30 layers
  • Focused on mid to high volumes
  • Standard lead times of 5 – 8 weeks

TAIWAN

Our partners in Taiwan offer a broad range of technologies and lead times. These partners offer a more competitive pricing in comparison to standard domestic cost structures, while maintaining consistently high quality.

Technology ranges are as follows:

  • Rigid 2 – 12 layers
  • RF laminated product Rogers/PTFE/Teflon materials
  • Focused on high mix, low to mid volumes
  • Standard lead times of 3 – 4 weeks

NORTHERN CHINA

Our Northern China partners offer standard technologies with lead times ranging from 3 – 6 weeks.

Technology ranges are as follows:

  • Rigid 2 – 4 layers
  • Focused on high volumes
  • Standard lead times of 3 – 6 weeks

SOUTHERN CHINA

Our Southern China partners offer standard to advanced technologies with lead times ranging from 3 – 8 weeks. A wide range of material sets are offered in this region, including standard FR4 and specialty laminates such as Isola’s I-Speed series, Rogers’ 4000 series and Panasonic’s Megtron series.

Technology ranges are as follows:

  • Rigid 2 – 36 layers
  • Backplanes
  • HDI — blind and buried via structures up to 10 layers
  • RF utilizing Rogers/PTFE/Teflon materials
  • Heavy copper weights
  • Focused on high mix, low to high volumes
  • Standard lead times of 3 – 8 weeks

VIETNAM

Our Vietnamese partners offer standard to advanced technologies with lead times ranging from 3 – 6 weeks. A wide range of material sets are offered in this region, including standard FR4 and specialty laminates such as TUC, Panasonic, Rogers, and Arlon series.

Technology ranges are as follows:

  • Rigid 8 – 20 layers
  • HDI — blind and buried via structures
  • Standard lead times of 3 – 6 weeks

APCT Global Map

 

APCT Global Advantages

Through the APCT Global model, APCT can continue to offer our trusted customer service and our engineering expertise, while substantially lowering your cost. The advantages of the model are founded on four principles:

  • ease of use
  • seamless recipe transfer
  • inventory management
  • risk mitigation

Advantage 1: ease of use
Whether you choose to produce with APCT domestically or offshore, all your contacts remain the same. You continue working with your current outside sales rep, inside customer service rep, and the engineering and technical support group you have come to know. APCT interacts with our offshore partners on your behalf, coordinating price and delivery schedules and inspecting the product prior to your acceptance. This saves you a lot of hassle, as well as time and overhead costs.

Advantage 2: seamless recipe transfer
At APCT our core competency is detailed engineering support, enabling superior execution. We take the time to hone your design and confirm that the board is the most reliable and the most robust to manufacture, making it also the most cost effective. That effort is not lost when placing an order offshore. After full review, our staff work directly with our supplier’s engineering team. We utilize our integrated Valor Genesis System to transfer the product recipe, eliminating any potential shift from specifications. You can be confident that the NPI build will be transferred seamlessly to the production build.

Advantage 3: inventory management
If you’re concerned about accepting an entire order at once, APCT can warehouse your order and drop-ship to customers. And, because our warehouses are strategically located — one on the West Coast, one on the East Coast, and one in Austin, Texas — we are able to offer one-day shipping at a very reasonable cost. But if you prefer shipments from our Asian partners go directly to your Asian assembly house, APCT can set up those schedules as well. In addition, APCT Global also can manage your inventory, using Kanban and VMI techniques. You only pay for the product you need. In short, APCT saves you time and overhead costs by managing your offshore supply chain.

Advantage 4: risk mitigation
At APCT we receive all deliveries from our offshore partners at our domestic facilities where each product is electrically tested and visually inspected. After passing inspection, the circuit boards are then certified that they have met both APCT standards and the precise customer specifications. If the order is ever short due to a disruption in the supply chain, we build the product domestically until our offshore supplier is back online. Because APCT is a brick and mortar company set up to manufacture at world-class lead times, and not a broker, the ability to build the product quickly and deliver is a critical component in understanding true risk mitigation.

 

APCT Complete PCB Global Solutions Program

 

The APCT Global model of printed circuit board manufacturing ensures you get reliable quality and on-time delivery — every time. Who better to manage your offshore programs than PCB experts? APCT eliminates all the headaches, delays, and logistic challenges that come with managing global procurement. Let us build you a solution!

 

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