14:30 Thursday 20th June 2019

Soluboard®: The Recyclable PCB Substrate

Jiva is redefining the way that we manufacture Printed Circuit Boards. As the world becomes more connected, PCBs are becoming ever more present inside our products. 18 billion square metres of PCBs are manufactured every year and the rising value of precious metals within PCBs means that efficient recycling is a necessity. Jiva has developed a patented, competitively priced and fully recyclable PCB substrate to rival the industry standard - Soluboard®. The current substrate used in the PCB industry is constructed using epoxy resin and fibreglass; this means that waste PCBs are processed by shredding and incinerating them to extract the precious metals within. This is a very inefficient process with substantial loss of these metals during reprocessing and the release of cyanide, mercury and dioxins into the environment. The organic elements of Soluboard® means the non-toxic structure begins to delaminate when immersed into warm water. This allows the natural flax fibres to be composted, the remaining solution to be disposed of using standard domestic waste water systems and the electronic components to be re-processed. By segmenting the PCB market by end product use, we can see that the instrumentation sector represents 16% of all PCB manufacture, partially consisting of control circuits for white goods and domestic products. Electronics manufacturers are transitioning their innovation towards advanced material research with increased cost efficiencies and decreased energy consumption. Jiva hopes to use Soluboard® as a catalyst to rethink the way that we are handling the fastest growing waste stream in the world.

Soluboard®: The Recyclable PCB Substrate