Printed circuit board prices fall in November

Printed circuit board prices fall in November

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The average price for printed circuit boards declined again in November, falling 13 cents to $7.96 per pound.

Substantial drops in the prices of gold and copper were largely to blame for the second straight month of declines in the scrap circuit board index. The decline means the average year-over-year board price is back to being negative, with last month's figure off by approximately -0.1 percent compared to November of 2011. However, the average price of circuit boards is still up 2.3 percent since the beginning of 2012.

This data represents the full metallic values of boards over time and are not the recycling values, as those values do not include the costs involved in actually extracting metal from boards, including freight, sampling charges, assay assessments, smelting, refining, process loss, return on investment, and penalties for various elements, including beryllium, bismuth and nickel.

These values are for the estimated intrinsic metal content of recovered PC boards. Some consumers label such material as mid-value. Lower-value scrap includes monitor and television boards. Higher-value scrap includes network and video cards, and motherboards.

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