Japanese lose market share in optics and sensors ranking

Japanese lose market share in optics and sensors ranking

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By eeNews Europe

The top ten ranking for 2013 includes six Japanese companies and all saw sales decline when measured in US dollars. This is because the average exchange rate in 2013 was 97.6 yen per U.S. dollar versus 79.8 yen/dollar in 2012. Many of these companies would have exhibited strong growth if the yen had stayed flat against the dollar. The remaining companies, two European, one South Korean and one based in the US all saw sales growth, according to an IC Insights ranking.

Top ten suppliers of optical, sensor, actuator and discrete semiconductors ranked by 2013 sales. Source: IC Insights, company reports.

IC Insights reckons the overall market for OSD stood at $58.56 billion in 2013, up 1 percent from $58.18 billion a year before. However, because of the leading position of Japanese vendors the top 10 companies’ share of OSD was $19.85 billion in 2013, down 2 percent from $20.31 billion a year before.

Optoelectronics sales grew 5 percent to $29.2 billion in 2013, while the sensors/actuators segment was uncharacteristically flat with no growth at $8.7 billion, and the discretes market dropped 5 percent to $20.7 billion.

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