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What is Soluboard®?

Soluboard® is a fully recyclable and biodegradable alternative to market leading materials used within the PCB industry.

What is Soluboard® made out of?

Soluboard® is manufactured by impregnating natural fibres with a polymer and a halogen-free flame retardant.

Is Soluboard® susceptible to moisture?

Jiva is in the process of ensuring that Soluboard® is compatible with aqueous PCB fabrication processes. Jiva is also engineering Soluboard® to be resistant to high humidity environments.

Is there any technical data available for Soluboard®?

Jiva is in the process of comprehensively testing Soluboard® to ensure it meets the technical requirements expected in the PCB industry. Please feel free to submit a request via a Contact Form for more information.

How is circuitry applied to Soluboard®?

Jiva is optimising Soluboard® so that it can be used with additive methods (conductive silver ink and copper sintering) and subtractive methods (traditional copper foil etching).

Impact.

How do you recycle a Soluboard® PCB?

The structure of Soluboard® and choice of polymer allows Soluboard® to delaminate when immersed into hot water. The plant-based fibres can be composted, the remaining solution of polymer can be disposed of using standard domestic waste water systems and the electronic components are then removed for recycling.

What is the Life Cycle Assessment of Soluboard®?

The carbon footprint of one square metre of Soluboard® PCB is estimated to be 7.1kg and the carbon footprint of one square metre of standard FR-4 PCB is estimated to be 17.7kg. This equates to a carbon footprint reduction of 60% overall

What impact does Soluboard® have on the environment?

The use of natural fibres and the polymer they are impregnated with contribute significantly to the reduction in the carbon footprint of the PCB compared with the epoxy and glass fibre used in FR-4. Also, negating the need to incinerate material is accompanied by a significant reduction in carbon and other carcinogens that are typically released into the atmosphere as a result.

Where does Jiva source the natural fibres used in Soluboard®?

Jiva has developed close relationships with our suppliers of natural fibres. We have ensured that we minimise carbon emissions as much as possible through responsible sourcing.

Will Soluboard® have a negative effect on existing PCB recycling processes?

Jiva is working closely with e-waste refiners to ensure that there is minimal impact on the existing shredding and incineration process used to recycle PCBs. Evidence also suggests that Soluboard® will be burned just as easily as FR-4 when subject to the intense heat of an e-waste refinery furnace.

Route to Market.

What will be the cost of Soluboard®?

Jiva is optimising Soluboard® to provide our customers with a high quality product that is attractive both as a bare substrate and a copper clad laminate.

Can I use Soluboard® in my product?

Jiva is continuing to investigate multiple electronics market segments that the recyclable properties of Soluboard® could be beneficial for. We are currently investigating single and double-sided PCB technology, so please feel free to submit a request via a Contact Form if you think there may be an opportunity to work together.

When can I buy Soluboard®?

If you are interested in working with Jiva on a pilot scale then please reach out. We are always looking to trial Soluboard® with new applications.

Can we work together?

We are always interested in hearing about new opportunities. Please submit a request via a Contact Form and we will be able to discuss the prospect further.