Mobile Phones and Accessories
In 2005, mainland China and Taiwan shipped a combined export volume of 223 million mobile phones worldwide. This figure accounts for 29 percent of the estimated worldwide shipments of 760 million units by the IDC.
Mainland China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) and the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of Taiwan’s Industrial and Technology and Research Institute (ITRI) place aggregate output from mainland China and Taiwan at 326.10 million units in 2005. Compared to the 2004 figures, production volume from Greater China is expected to grow by 31 percent in 2005. Export volume will grow by as much as 71 percent.
At present, mainland China has about 60 mobile phone makers. Taiwan is home to 30 mobile phone makers. Twenty-five makers are covered in the survey that Global Sources recently conducted among mobile phone makers. These 25 mobile phone makers accounted for 29 percent and 15 percent of mainland China and Taiwan’s combined production and exports, respectively, in 2004. They are expected to contribute 34 percent and 22 percent to the region’s production and exports, respectively, in 2005.