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iSuppli sees automotive MEMS rebound

Posted: 29 Jun 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive MEMS  sensor  gyroscope 

iSuppli Corp. said it expects the automotive MEMS sensor market to rebound from a poor show in 2009 to grow 17.8 per cent this year. Continued high sales, however, could lead to an overheated market and could push that industry back into recession.

iSuppli predicts that global shipments of automotive MEMS sensors will reach 59.12 crore units in 2010, up 17.8 per cent from 50.2 crore in 2009.

Shipments of MEMS pressure sensors are running at three times the historic average, bolstered by a pickup in passenger vehicle production coupled with inventory replenishment. Major tier 2 companies are now reporting an inability to make and ship the sensors quickly enough, and Tier 1s are indicating a shortage of parts in many areas of the supply chain, iSuppli said.

Should sales continue at this level a overheating could ensue, raising the spectre of a slump later this year following the decline of 2009.

By geography North America will account for the largest share in the consumption of MEMS, making up 40 per cent of the total in 2010. Europe is next, with about one-third share. China and Japan also show up strongly, each counted as a separate market of consumption. The Rest of the World, including South Korea, Russia and Latin America, is roughly on par with Japan but scores lower than China. Vertically integrated suppliers like Robert Bosch GmbH and Denso Corp. continued to dominate in 2009, pulling in Rs.1,629.64 crore ($355 million) and Rs.931.88 crore ($203 million) in MEMS sensor revenues, respectively. Other major revenue earners included Freescale Semiconductor Inc. with Rs.638.08 crore ($139 million); Sensata Technologies, with Rs.527.91 crore ($115 million); Analog Devices with Rs.436.10 crore ($95 million); and Panasonic with Rs.390.20 crore ($85 million).

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