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Identifying Growth and Threat in China's Emerging RFID Ecosystem

While government-driven applications were the largest in China's $454 million, 894 million unit radio frequency identification (RFID) card/tag market in 2012, emerging market-driven applications are forecast to grow at much higher rates in the next five years. By 2017, the Chinese RFID card/tag market volume is forecast to grow to 2.11 billion units, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%, while revenue is forecast grow to $807 million in 2017, at a CAGR of 12%. Consumer and industry applications are anticipated to lead the way, while agriculture, health care, and utility are rapidly growing niche sectors. In terms of technology, ultra-high frequency (UHF) will replace high frequency (HF) in many application markets in the next five years, fueling the emergence of domestically developed UHF technology and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) business models. With the rise of market-driven applications, there are opportunities for multinationals to leverage China's RFID growth, but speed and identification of the best local partnerships will be critical.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    • China's RFID Value Chain and Market Overview
      • The Government Sector and Transportation Occupy the Largest Portions of China's RFID Card/Tag Market
      • High Frequency Card/Tag Revenue Dominates from a Technology Perspective
    • The Top 15 Suppliers Occupy 57% of the Chinese RFID Card/Tag Market in 2012
      • China Card Group and Tatwah Smartech were the Largest HF RFID Card/Tag Suppliers in 2012
      • Tatwah Smartech and Invengo Topped the UHF Sector in 2012
      • Smartchip Microelectronics was by Far the Largest LF Card/Tag Supplier in 2012
      • Microwave RFID Market was Small in Shipments but with High Market Value
    • Landscape Conclusions
  • Analysis
    • China's RFID Card/Tag Shipments to Grow at a 19% CAGR through 2017
      • Emerging Applications of RFID Cards/Tags in China
      • UHF Will Grow in Importance in the Next Five Years
  • Outlook
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