Mark Saundersonpresident

Mark Saundersonpresident
Getting the Connection

Increased global demand for next-generation PCs and peripherals, TV receivers, home theater systems and A/V equipment is driving the rapid growth of the multimedia connectors industry in Greater China, according to Global Sources’ recently released report on multimedia connectors. By 2008, Greater China, which spans mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, is forecast to capture 35 percent of the world market for multimedia connectors. The industry is forecast to remain bullish with the influx of foreign companies into the region, and the increasing number of domestic connector makers diversifying into multimedia connector production. Based on data gathered by Global Sources from a survey

Growth in Microphones

The microphone industry is dominated by Greater China suppliers, which produced more than 70 percent of global output in 2005. The supplier base is a good mix of established volume producers as well as smaller but more nimble makers. Many of them are also experienced manufacturers, having been involved in the production of microphones for over a decade. Based on a recent Global Sources survey of 29 microphone makers in Greater China, sales of microphones is expected to grow by approximately 12 percent between 2006 and 2007, in large part driven by the shift to manufacturing higher-margin wireless models. There are about 400 microphone manufacturers in

Not So Remote

Eight in 10 remote controls are made in Greater China. Driven by the home entertainment and home automation sectors, the remote control industry in Greater China continues to post gains with export growth expected at 38 percent in 2006, or $138 million from $100 million in 2005, based on data gathered by Global Sources. The Greater China region, which covers mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, accounts for about 80 percent of the global production of remote controls. To date, there are about 120 remote control manufacturers in the region, a quarter of which were surveyed by Global Sources. Based on the data furnished

The DVD Chain

In a recent Global Sources survey of portable DVD player suppliers in Greater China, the aggregate average annual export volume of the region may reach at least 8.6 million units in 2006—more than half of the global supply of portable DVD players. The worldwide supply of portable DVD players is forecast to reach 13.46 million units in 2006. This report covers 27 companies: 19 from mainland China, four from Hong Kong and four from Taiwan. The increased acceptance from buyers, despite the challenge to portable DVD player market share posed by portable media players and notebook PCs, is driving the industry to new growth

Portable Player Push

The commoditization of portable media players (PMPs) is fast gaining momentum in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea, where hundreds of manufacturers are in a flurry to develop products to rival Apple’s video iPod. Makers in the region are already responsible for manufacturing in part or in full many of the PMPs bearing well-known brands in the market. Many others have released prototypes and working models, and are eager to accept OEM orders and carry out mass production. In a recent Global Sources survey of 36 companies in Greater China and South Korea, total shipment is expected to reach 4.9 million units

HTiBs pick up from slump

After slowing down in 2004, production of home theater system products, including speaker systems and home-theaters-in-a-box (HTiB), began to gain momentum in Greater China in 2005. In 2007, it is estimated that the region’s output will go up to 10.8 million units from 7.5 million in 2004, based on data gathered by Global Sources in its Consumer Electronics China Industry Outlook report in 2005. In a recent Global Sources survey of 48 companies in Greater China, more aggressive home theater system manufacturers forecast that growth in production and exports will reach up to 50 percent, exceeding the estimates of the Global Sources report. The renewed

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,