STB shipments set to surge

While many electronic products are experiencing slowing growth or even declines, worldwide Set-Top Box (STB) shipments are set to nearly double from 2007 to 2012, providing an attractive opportunity for contract manufacturers, according to iSuppli.

Global STB shipments are set to surge to 215.5 million units in 2012, rising at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.8 perc ent from 118.1 million in 2007. In 2008, shipments rose to 142.8 million units, up 20.9 per cent from 2007.

Meanwhile, the percentage of total STB manufacturing conducted by contract manufacturers will increase to 75.3 per cent in 2012, up from 67.8 per cent in 2007, iSuppli predicts. This will cause global STB contract manufacturing to soar to 162 million units in 2012, double the 80 million in 2007. This high growth outlook is spurring intensified competition among contract manufacturers and changes in the industry landscape that will affect brands, contract manufacturers and component suppliers that operate in the STB supply chain.

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