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Global Electronics Manufacturing Industry

 

The global electronics manufacturing industry involves the assembling of electronic goods for domestic, professional, State and military use. Electronics are also used in other industries in the manufacture of a range of goods including appliances, vehicles and toys. Manufacturing companies can be broken down into categories according to what they produce. The main categories of products include: equipment used in the fields of telecommunications, engineering, laser processing, photography and medicine, machinery components, lighting and consumer electronics.

 

Manufacturing companies are obliged to deal with other manufacturers as much of the raw materials they use involves intermediate components. Apart from nurturing a strong business relationship, these companies often locate near one another to cut transport and inventory costs and to afford smooth collaboration for research and development. One such example is Silicon Valley in California where a cluster of companies operates in close proximity to manufacture software and computers. The global electronics manufacturing industry is comprised of relatively small companies for the most part.

 

Electronics products are becoming cheaper and being produced faster thanks to the industry’s supply chain, which is becoming more and more globalized. Much of the electronic goods manufactured by the industry come from Asia, with China the number one country in terms of production. Outsourcing is common amongst US electronics manufacturers, allowing them to capitalize on profits by cutting production costs. The industry relies on technological innovation, with heavy investment in research and development projects involving highly qualified engineers and technical experts. An increasing degree of automation is making the production of electronics equipment faster and helping to keep the pace of production up with that of constantly evolving designs.

 

Key Segments

 

  • The global consumer electronics industry has an estimated worth of close to $7 trillion, according to Business Insights. This highly competitive industry is seeing extensive convergence of market, products and technologies, fuelled by miniaturization, digitalization, and mobility.

 

  • The global electronic manufacturing services industry is expected to grow by almost 9% yearly throughout the five-year period ending in 2015, according to MarketLine, at which point the market would be worth almost $300 billion. Most electronic equipment manufacturers are at the service of original equipment manufacturers.

 

  • Electronics materials and chemicals refer to substances necessary to make printed circuit boards and semiconductors, and exist in liquid, gaseous, and solid forms. According to BCC Research, demand for these substances will enjoy an annual growth rate in excess of 12.5% through 2015.

 

 

US Export of Computer and Electronic Products, *In US$ Bn, Cumulative Year to Date Through October 2011

 

 

 

Regional Market Share

 

The EU electronic manufacturing services industry is expected to grow by almost 6.5% in 2011, with a lower rate inferior to 3% in Western Europe, and a higher rate of over 9% in Central & Eastern Europe, according to Reed Electronics Research. The region comprised of Central and Eastern Europe and other is expected to represent 60% of overall EU electronic production by 2015, a 3% increase compared with 2010.

 

 

Industry Leaders

 

Samsung and Hewlett-Packard are two important players in the electronics industry. Samsung had net sales of almost $173 billion in 2010, with assets worth around $295 billion. California-based Hewlett-Packard’s customer base is over one billion, and it operates in over 170 countries. The company employs almost 325,000 people worldwide, and was number 11 in the 2010 list of Fortune 500 companies. Its 2010 revenue was in excess of $125 billion. Other leading companies on the global electronics manufacturing market include Sony, LG, Toshiba, Nokia, Panasonic, Apple, Microsoft and Dell.

 

 

Market Outlook

 

As the electronic manufacturing industry is increasingly globalized, with US companies outsourcing factory activities abroad, it is difficult to delineate company boundaries; design, manufacture and assembly of products can span three different countries. The industry is driven by technological innovation, with cost competitiveness proving to be a key factor.

 

According to private research firm Business Insights, South Korean companies LG and Samsung are fuelling commoditization of the industry, with other companies striving to hold their own in the face of these emerging corporate powers. Japanese competitors are looking to diversification into fields such as environment and energy to stimulate growth. Apple, on the other hand, is managing to keep its profits high through the tactic of disruptive innovations.

 

 

Leading Industry Associations

 

  Exports General Imports General Imports Consumption Imports Consumption Imports
  F.A.S.Value Basic Customs Value Basis C.I.F Value Basis Customs Value Basis C.I.F Value Basis
Electronic Computers                                                                                                                                   11,810,560 48,172,292 49,101,153 48,085,058 49,011,792
Computer Storage Devices                                                                                                                               4,783,116 8,458,859 8,679,485 8,462,698 8,684,553
Other Computer Equipment                                                                                                                               23,102,553 23,129,838 23,663,930 23,538,084 24,072,102
Telephone Apparatus                                                                                                                                    774,602 2,352,102 2,401,730 2,345,304 2,397,828
Radio and Television Broadcasting And Wireless Communications Equipment                                                                                24,838,205 68,338,947 69,094,278 67,991,190 68,846,595
Other Communications Equipment                                                                                                                         599,014 817,189 830,788 818,092 831,777
Audio and Video Equipment                                                                                                                              8,621,767 32,715,020 33,175,523 32,513,530 32,976,686
Picture, Microwave, Amplifier, Electron, Cathode Ray & Similar Tubes                                                                                   276,918 291,207 294,626 291,194 294,613
Printed Circuits                                                                                                                                       1,412,310 1,607,844 1,674,740 1,582,149 1,648,714
Semiconductors and Related Devices                                                                                                                     37,660,442 32,503,933 32,781,463 32,477,055 32,756,796
Electronic Capacitors and Parts                                                                                                                        1,308,666 1,069,487 1,089,878 1,102,614 1,123,079
Electronic Resistor And Parts                                                                                                                          558,277 725,712 743,106 722,334 739,63
Electronic Coils, Transformers, and Other Inductors                                                                                                    595,505 922,881 951,333 913,084 941,295
Electronic Connectors                                                                                                                                  3,992,503 3,265,686 3,348,553 3,240,595 3,322,967
Printed Circuit Assemblies (Electronic Assemblies)                                                                                                     523,787 11,604,077 11,759,397 11,595,749 11,749,528
Other Electronic Components                                                                                                                            5,390,837 9,311,696 9,559,909 9,092,878 9,332,909
Electromedical and Electrotherapeutic Apparatus                                                                                                        8,369,603 6,994,181 7,070,181 6,966,246 7,042,035
Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and  Nautical Systems and Instruments                                                           3,196,887 4,576,939 4,627,735 4,400,023 4,448,619
Automatic Environmental Controls for Residential, Commercial, and Appliance Use                                                                        360,697 792,051 803,935 784,466 796,224
Instruments and Related Products  for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables                                              6,163,388 5,929,185 6,035,233 5,789,813 5,891,121
Totalizing Fluid Meters And Counting Devices                                                                                                           303,552 395,27 402,646 394,9 402,256
Instruments For Measuring And Testing Electricity And Electrical Signals                                                                               6,289,788 5,003,719 5,086,918 5,000,959 5,083,581
Analytical Laboratory Instruments                                                                                                                      6,820,967 4,521,574 4,594,299 4,505,424 4,577,618
Irradiation Apparatus                                                                                                                                  3,406,620 3,100,890 3,143,250 3,092,710 3,135,008
Watches, Clocks, and Parts                                                                                                                             873,934 3,793,676 3,870,904 3,368,138 3,429,975
Other Measuring and Controlling Devices                                                                                                                3,521,826 1,701,209 1,731,691 1,699,310 1,729,694
Prerecorded Compact Discs (except Software), Tapes, and Records                                                                                        186,042 112,569 119,299 112,567 119,296
Unrecorded Magnetic and Optical Media                                                                                                                  424,368 964,633 995,258 970,088 1,002,759
Total 166,166,731 283,172,669 287,631,238 281,856,250 286,389,050
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