IDTechEx Research: Progress with RFID in China

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In the new report titled RFID in China 2015-2025, IDTechEx Research has identified over 150 Chinese companies supplying RFID and tracked how the industry in China will grow to become a US$4.3 billion opportunity in 2025.

Historically, the development of RFID in China has been heavily supported by the Chinese government. These include large projects such as national identification cards, passports and subway ticket applications. The entry barrier is usually high for those applications, as the suppliers need to have good government connections and relatively mature technologies. These applications have typically used HF RFID systems, which account for 80% of the RFID systems deployed in China. As a result, the HF supply chain is mature and well resourced.

Chinese UHF market share increases

Now China has also rapidly become a large exporter of RFID, going from having a global market supply share in UHF RFID inlays of less than 10% in 2012 to 30% in 2015, mainly used to tag apparel by clothing retailers around the world.

Over 150 suppliers

IDTechEx Research has uncovered more than 150 RFID suppliers in China. The largest suppliers in the main positions of RFID value chain in China are shown in the following table.

Source: IDTechEx Research report “RFID in China 2015-2025”

Strong government support

So far, China has lagged in adoption of UHF RFID compared to other territories such as the USA and Europe. As a result, UHF chip design and manufacturing development has been listed as one of the priorities in China's IoT development, culminating in several government funded programmes to develop UHF RFID readers, for example.

Market size

The value of RFID in China as a whole was $1.7 billion in 2014, with the value of tags accounting for $430 million and readers $549 million. IDTechEx Research expects the market to grow to $2.8 billion in 2020.
The unique study RFID in China 2015-2025: Forecasts, Players, Opportunities categorizes more than 150 companies by value chain positions and specialised frequencies. The report gives a detailed analysis on the RFID value chain in China across all the main frequency types and ten year forecasts for the use of RFID in China by 13 application categories in addition to the Chinese government programs.
The research was conducted based on face-to-face or telephone interviews, secondary research on online resources, company annual reports, IDTechEx's database and other resources. RFID companies and RFID adopters will find great value when they are looking for partnership, trying to understand what is really going on in China or making strategic decisions in RFID.

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