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Unlocking a Sustainability Win in Printed Circuit Board Fabrication Using Less Power, Water and Chemicals

Large electronics OEMs are asking their manufacturing partners to help deliver on sustainability goals more each year. Opportunities within the printed circuit board (PCB) supply chain include reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, driven by power, water and chemical consumption. In this presentation, we will uncover a key step in PCB fabrication, and an alternative process called Direct Metallization (DM) where significant CO2 emissions reductions are within reach for you and your electronic products.

Date: January 31, 2024
Time: 9 AM EST (6 AM PST / 3:00 PM CET)
Duration: 1 hour
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In this webinar, we uncover examples of what the electronics OEM and supply chain community is focusing on with regards to sustainability. One area of opportunity is the primary metallization step within printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication, and we will explain how an alternative process technology unlocks a sustainability win. PCB designers, process engineers, Design For Manufacturing (DFM) teams and anyone involved in delivering on ESG goals can benefit from this overview.

Direct Metallization (DM) is a sustainable alternative to electroless copper in metallizing non-conductive surfaces. We compare both processes by examining the number of steps needed, water and power usage, chemical consumption rates and more. These advantages contribute to a much lower carbon footprint in terms of CO2 emissions of the process.

We hope you will take these discoveries to your company, customers or suppliers to investigate and compare this alternative further. You don't need to be a chemist or an engineer to digest what we'll cover!

Key Takeaways

  • Explore how the global electronics OEM is driving new ESG requirements into PCB supply chains.
  • Discover an alternative material technology and process that uses fewer chemicals and no precious metals.
  • Understand how this technology uses 50% fewer steps than the incumbent primary metallization process.
  • Learn how the the addition of a wastewater recycling system, process rinse water can be re-used.
  • Review how Direct Metallization significantly lowers the carbon footprint.


Mark S. Edwards, Strategic Account Manager, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions

Mark Edwards has been involved in electronics manufacturing since the late 1980's with a passion for process automation, circuit assembly, solders/fluxes, adhesives and coatings, microelectronics and PCB fabrication - with a focus on repeatability and reliability. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University and began his career as a manufacturing engineer at a defense electronics company (later acquired by Raytheon). Edwards has uncovered trends and synthesized customer needs for electronic hardware in telecommunications, defense, automotive, industrial controls markets in the Americas, and now globally, in his newest role.