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Renewable resources for use in printed circuit boards

: Nägele, H.; Pfitzer, J.; Lehnberger, C.; Landeck, H.; Birkner, K.; Viebahn, U.; Scheel, W.; Schmidt, R.; Hagelüken, M.; Müller, J.


Circuit World 31 (2005), No.2, pp.26-29
ISSN: 0305-6120
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IZM ()

Purpose - This paper focuses on the project "Development of electronic components on circuit boards made of renewable resources" which has the aim of developing materials and technologies for the production of electronic components with printed wiring boards (PWB) completely made of renewable resources. Design/methodology/approach - Reviews the use of renewable resources in the electronics industry where there is potential for fostering sustainable development through its technological innovations. Findings - Outlines that ARBOFORM, a high-quality thermoplastic engineering material for applications that demand high technological standards, combines the positive properties of natural wood with the processing capabilities of thermoplastic materials. Originality/value - The motivation for the substitution of non-renewable raw materials is not only given by ecological aspects but could also be boosted in future as reserves of fossil resources are further depleted and costs increase.