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Bosch dominates sensor sales ranking, ST drops to fourth

Posted: 07 May 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC Insights? STMicroelectronics? sensor? MEMS? Bosch?

Bosch continues to lead the sensor market as it grabbed 20 per cent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to the latest report from IC Insights. At the same time, a 19 per cent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent STMicroelectronics plummeting from second to fourth, stated the market research firm.

The market analysis firm forecasts that sensors sales will increase by 7 per cent in 2015 to reach $6.1 billion after growing 5 per cent in 2014 to $5.7 billion. Total actuator sales are also expected to increase 7 per cent in 2015 to $3.7 billion. MEMS technology was used in about 34 per cent of the 11.1 billion sensors shipped in 2014 and essentially all of the 999 million actuators sold in 2014.

Robert Bosch extended its lead with a 16 per cent sales increase in 2014 to nearly $1.2 billion. Bosch is doing well because its automotive base is doing well while it has also expanded into consumer and mobile applications, sometimes at the expense of ST. Bosch's market share in sensor-only sales grew to 20 per cent in 2014, up from 18 per cent in 2013, IC Insights noted.

Top five sensor/actuator vendors by sales revenue in 2014

Top five sensor/actuator vendors by sales revenue in 2014. (Source: IC Insights)

Meanwhile, ST saw its sensor/actuator sales volume fall 19 per cent in 2014 to $630 million, which caused it to drop to fourth place among the market's top suppliers from second in 2013. ST's drop was partly caused by market share gains by Bosch and InvenSense, which climbed from 14th in 2013 to ninth in the 2014 sensor/actuator ranking with a 33 per cent increase in sensor sales to $332 million last year.

IC Insights puts Infineon in fifth place in the sensors/actuator ranking with an 8 per cent sales increase to $520 million last year.

In this it differs from Yole which ranked Infineon at 15th with MEMS sales in 2015 of just over $200 million. Similarly, IHS Technology does not include Infineon in its top 10 MEMS vendor ranking for 2014. Yole ranks ST second in 2014, while IHS ranks ST third.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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