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U.S., Japan market research firms merge

Posted: 15 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iSuppli? Data Garage? market research? merger? Dylan McGrath?

U.S.-based market research firm iSuppli Corp. is merging with Data Garage Inc. of Japan, the firms announced early this week. Financial details and specific merger terms were not immediately disclosed.

"This merger brings together iSuppli's elite global research operations with Data Garage's invaluable set of market-intelligence services designed to meet the unique needs of Japan's electronics industry," said Derek Lidow, CEO of iSuppli.

Established in 1999, iSuppli provides market intelligence services for the EMS, OEM and supplier communities in addition to servicing consumer electronics and media concerns. The firm claims to employ the world's largest and most experienced staff of component, systems and application market analysts, spanning the Americas, Europe, Japan and Asia.

Data Garage, established in 2004, is best known for its closely-watched DG Ratio, a monthly indicator of semiconductor industry conditions in Japan. Similar to the book-to-bill index previously produced by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, the DG Ratio quantitatively analyzes sales trends in the Japanese electronic components market in order to predict future industry developments. Data Garage also offers other services, including a mergers and acquisition advisory service, semiconductor industry competitive analysis, and electronics research for the financial industry.

"Data Garage is delighted we are enhancing our Japanese-oriented market research services with the worldwide reach in electronics analysis that only iSuppli can provide," said Akira Minamikawa, CEO of Data Garage.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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