Report sees Chinese manufacturing of cables, assemblies up 17% in '06

June 13, 2006 -- Output of cables and assemblies from manufacturers in mainland China is projected to grow by 16.8 percent in 2006, says a new report from Research and Markets.

Jun 13th, 2006

Output of cables and assemblies from manufacturers in mainland China is projected to grow by 16.8 percent in 2006, says a new report from Research and Markets, a market research firm based in Dublin, Ireland.

The firm notes that mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are home to about 1,150 active manufacturers of cables and assemblies. According to the report, China alone is set to ramp up this year's production by over 30% to meet the demands of consumer electronics, computing, and telecommunication industries.

The report forecasts shipments of fiber-optic cables to grow from $1.2 billion in 2005 to $4 billion by 2010, with the highest growth application coming from data centers, according to analysis of the market for high performance structured cabling systems. Shipments of coaxial cables also grew by approximately 15 percent in 2005 despite intense competition from other data transmission cables, according the report.

The firm finds that growth of the cable and assembly industry has been spurred by demand for faster Internet connections and improved networking capabilities. Also, in mainland China, the cable and assembly industry is expected to grow significantly as the country's multi-channel TV sector is projected to reach $7.3 billion by 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate of 12.5 percent for cable, satellite, and IP video on aggregate. The firm concludes that, due to a "low technological threshold," the cable and assembly industry is now a "mature industry" where the majority of the manufacturers "have been around for at least a decade."

Research and Markets' "China Sourcing Report: Cables & Assemblies" profiles 84 key manufacturers of cables and assemblies in greater China, covering production issues and upcoming product trends including RoHS compliance. The report covers coaxial, fiber-optic, flat-ribbon, spiral, RCA, DVI, RF, SCART, Cat 5e, DIN, Cat 6, and RJ-45 cables, as well as cable ties/restrainers. In-depth profiles of 19 major suppliers provide a detailed look at manufacturing processes, QC capabilities, R&D strategies, etc.

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