IPC asks Chinese Government to Reconsider Ban of Cyanide-Gold Plating

In February 2013, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), of the People’s Republic of China announced a revision of the “Guiding Catalogue for Adjustment Instructions for Cyanide Electrolytic Plating Processes.” Under the revision, which took effect May 1, 2013, gold cyanide plating will not be allowed in China after Dec 31, 2014.

Although the revision cites an alternate citrate base gold plating chemistry, many PCB manufacturers and OEMs are concerned that these alternate chemistries have not been tested, used or validated for PCB production.

IPC, along with several other electronics trade associations wrote to the NDRC to make them aware of the unique technical requirements of gold plating for high technology applications and to request a meeting to discuss an exclusion or alternate approach for high technology applications.

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  1. Posted August 26, 2013 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    To whom it may concern:

    I’m confuse about the ban, my understand was, China is going to ban any product using Cyanide Gold Plating process.

    But some of my Substrate Supply get back to me and claim that the ban is to remove cyanide plating process in China only. Product plated using Cyanide Gold process can still sell to China.

    • Posted August 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Our understanding agrees with your substrate suppliers; that is that the cyanide gold plating process will be banned at the end of 2014. That means that no cyanide gold plating will be permitted in China.

      • Posted August 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for your reply,

        May I know if IPC has an official copy of the NDRC Decree 21?

        My dilemma is,

        Supplier interpretation the ban as:
        • Cyanide Gold Plating Process/ Technology will be ban in China 2014/E

        My customer interpretation is:
        • Cyanide Plated Product will be banned in China. (Any product with Cyanide gold Plating not allow to be used in China.)

        Youe sincerely


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