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IMS reveals possible trend for optoelectronics industry

Posted: 13 Jun 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IMS? optoelectronic components?

The 'classic' optoelectronic components market has ever since been dominated by U.S.- and Japan-based corporations. However, over the last few years, hundreds of low-cost manufacturers have emerged mainly in the Greater China region (first led by Taiwan). This observation is backed by the latest IMS Research report on the world markets for optoelectronic components which revealed that over 150 companies are active in this market and of the 108 companies examined in the report, about 45 percent are headquartered in the Greater China region, 27 percent in the U.S., and 14 percent in Japan.

However, despite the burgeoning of these newcomers, Japan and U.S. companies still led the race in 2002, accounting for 80 percent of the total revenues. A big question remains: how long before these newer optoelectronic components suppliers supersede today's industry leaders?

IMS further said that in recent years, manufacturing of appliances that use classic optoelectronic components has migrated towards the Far East, which has made it easier for smaller component suppliers to set up and supply their native markets. As a result, large multinationals have begun not only to move manufacturing, but also their operational headquarters for optoelectronic components to Asia. This market has migrated away from countries such as Japan and the U.S., to countries such as Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore.

"This trend is forecast to continue with the likelihood of consolidation of suppliers and an increased presence of ones from Greater China (particularly Taiwan) seen in the E.M.E.A and American markets" said Peter Cooney, optoelectronic market analyst at IMS Research.

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