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Turbulent power supply market shakes up vendor rankings

Posted: 13 May 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power supply? AC? DC? Delta Electronics?

The 2.4 per cent rise in the global market for AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies in 2013 has made waves in the rankings of the top players.

Overall, the top 10 in 2013 accounted for 53 per cent of the total global power supply revenue which totalled $20.7 billion according to a report by IHS Technology. Last year, the top 10 had a nearly equivalent share of 52 per cent, out of total industry revenue worth $20.1 billion.

The top four spots this year were unchanged. Taiwanese manufacturer Delta Electronics, with its 17 per cent share, remained the market leader, despite incurring a slight loss in market share. The runner-up was Missouri-based Emerson with eight per cent, who also experienced revenue losses.

"The market-share standings for 2013 are quite turbulent with six of the top 10 manufacturers shifting in rank and two companies entering the circle," said Jonathon Eykyn, power supply and storage component analyst for IHS. "It is clear from these results that manufacturers will have to continue to diversify their portfolios in order to remain competitive."

IHS power supply merchant rankings

Within the elite ring, the two suppliers that grew the most in 2013 were Finland's Salcomp and Mean Well from Taiwan who are both well entrenched in strong, emerging markets.

Overall, traditional power supply vendors serving sectors such as industrial and telecom applications continued to experience weaker demand for much of 2013.

"Manufacturers of power supplies sold to sectors where demand remained stronger, including smartphones, tablets and LED lighting," explained Eykyn. "These vendors experienced much greater revenue growth, allowing them to jump up the market-share rankings."

Meanwhile, a steep decline in demand last year in previously strong growth markets such as notebooks led to a drop in revenue for some of the largest power supply manufacturers in the market. Exchange-rate fluctuations also exerted an effect, affecting the performance of some suppliers, especially those based in Japan such as TDK Lambda and Murata.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times Europe

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