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TI remains top player in industrial IC space

Posted: 13 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial electronics semiconductor 

Texas Instruments Inc. remained the top supplier of industrial electronics in 2012, despite deteriorated revenue. According to IHS report, eight of the top 10 suppliers suffered revenue declines in 2012, reflecting weak conditions for the “beleaguered” market.

The eight, along with two gainers in the Top 10, together accounted for revenue amounting to Rs.65,537.63 crore ($12.19 billion), or 40.4 per cent of the overall industrial electronics semiconductor space valued at Rs.1.62 lakh crore ($30.15 billion).

Just like TI, every other supplier occupying the second to the eighth spots in the Top 10 were similarly afflicted, suffering revenue reversals for the year. “Only two entities within the circle enjoyed revenue increases, as the markets they supplied were growth areas within the broader industry,” added IHS.

“The industrial electronics semiconductor industry as a whole contracted 5.4 per cent in 2012 following a slowdown in worldwide markets where the chips are used, such as in security, test and measurement, motor drives, metering, medical electronics and renewable energies,” said Jacobo Carrasco-Heres, analyst for industrial electronics at IHS. “The anemic performance of these segments, in turn, dragged down the suppliers making the chips, resulting in 2012 revenue losses among the Top 8 that ranged from 0.7 per cent to 20.4 per cent.”

Texas Instruments managed to remain at the top position with Rs.11,236.56 crore ($2.09 billion) in revenue, even though it was down 6.6 per cent for the year. TI did well in medical electronics and in the building and home control market, but was negatively affected by poor demand for motor drives and automation equipment. A bad year for wind and solar energy also pummeled TI in the energy distribution and generation segment.

STMicroelectronics returned to the No. 2 spot last year after losing to Germany’s Infineon in 2011, which fell to third place again. STMicroelectronics had revenue of Rs.7,903.23 crore ($1.47 billion), down 11.6 per cent; compared to Infineon’s Rs.7,849.46 crore ($1.46 billion), down a much larger 19.3 per cent.

In fourth place was Intel with $1.34 billion, followed at No. 5 by Analog Devices with Rs.6,612.90 crore ($1.23 billion). Both suffered reversals in the 7 to 8 percent range for the year.

“The two gainers in the Top 10 were Nichia and Panasonic, both from Japan. Nichia flew into the charmed circle all the way from No. 16, thanks to its involvement in light-emitting diodes (LED) for general lighting. Nichia’s revenue reached Rs.4,419.35 crore ($822 million), up a mighty 24.4 per cent. For its part, Panasonic came in after spending 2011 at No. 11, with growth last year of 9.8 per cent to Rs.4,413.98 crore ($821 million), on the back of high-performance segments such as security cameras and medical applications.”

Among those that fell out of the Top 10 last year were NXP Semiconductors, down from No. 9 in 2011; and Xilinx, down from No. 10.

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