Research and Markets Assesses Future RFID Market

DUBLIN, Ireland --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2009–2019" report to their offering.

In 2009 the value of the entire RFID market will be $5.56 billion, up from $5.25 billion in 2008. This includes tags, readers and software/services for RFID cards, labels, fobs and all other form factors. By far the biggest segment of this is RFID cards, and $2.57 billion of the total $5.56 billion being spent on all other forms of RFID—from RFID labels to active tags.

This report is the summation of extensive research including interviews with RFID adopters and solution providers in the various applicational RFID markets, giving an unprecedented level of insight into the total RFID industry and what is really happening.

Purchasers receive an electronic PDF and (optional) printed copy of this report, a separate functional spreadsheet of the forecasts, and access to report updates throughout the year.

In 2009 the value of the entire RFID market will be $5.56 billion, up from $5.25 billion in 2008. This includes tags, readers and software/services for RFID cards, labels, fobs and all other form factors. By far the biggest segment of this is RFID cards, and $2.57 billion of the total $5.56 billion being spent on all other forms of RFID, from RFID labels to active tags.

The tagging of pallets and cases as demanded by retailers (mostly in the US) will use approximately 225 million RFID labels in 2009, but we see take off in retail outside mandates, such as from Marks & Spencer and American Apparel, where 200 million tags will be used on apparel in 2009. RFID in the form of tickets used for transit will demand 350 million tags in 2009. The tagging of animals (such as pigs and sheep) is now substantial as it becomes a legal requirement in many more territories, with 105 million tags being used for this sector in 2009. This is happening in regions such as China and Australasia. In total, 2.35 billion tags will be sold in 2009 versus 1.97 billion in 2008.

This comprehensive report from IDTechEx gives the complete picture with detailed forecasts at a price unmatched by others.

Full analysis by each market is given in great detail including in-depth historic data. Over 200 companies are profiled in this report. We give detailed ten year forecasts of the volumes of tags required, their value and the total market value for the following market segments:

  • Passive RFID
  • Drugs
  • Other Healthcare
  • Retail apparel
  • Consumer goods
  • Tires
  • Postal
  • Books
  • Manufacturing parts, tools
  • Archiving (documents/samples)
  • Military
  • Retail CPG Pallet/case
  • Smart cards/payment key fobs
  • Smart tickets
  • Air baggage
  • Conveyances/Rollcages/ULD/Totes
  • Animals
  • Vehicles
  • People (excluding other sectors)
  • Passport page/secure documents
  • Other tag applications

Active RFID / battery-assisted

  • Pharma/Healthcare
  • Cold retail supply chain
  • Consumer goods
  • Postal
  • Manufacturing parts, tools
  • Archiving (samples)
  • Military
  • Retail CPG Pallet/case
  • Shelf Edge Labels
  • Conveyances/Rollcages/ULD/Totes
  • Vehicles
  • People (excluding other sectors)
  • Car clickers
  • Other tag applications

Highly profitable 'niche' markets analyzed Major players now and in the future in the various parts of the value chain are identified and the big orders and milestones now and in the future are analyzed. Of course, not everyone will want to serve the severely price constrained, highest volume markets. For them, we examine many niches of at least one billion dollars potential that are emerging and many smaller opportunities where there is even less competition.

They include:

  • Passports in the face of new terrorism resulting in new laws
  • Livestock and food traceability in the face of new laws, bioterrorism, avian flu, BSE, fraud with subsidies etc.
  • Intermodal containers (Smart and Secure Tradelanes and other initiatives)
  • Healthcare
  • Those in prison and on parole
  • Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN), for warning of natural disasters, military and other purposes

Our forecasts have taken into account the global economic slow down. Looking at the range of applications, the biggest projects, which tend to be government led and are usually profitable for suppliers involved, are unlikely to reverse. For example, governments will not stop tagging passports or cattle to save money. Governments do not need a fast return on investment. In industry, RFID is being applied where it can demonstrate a fairly rapid return on investment. We expect the smaller funds available to companies will result in some projects being delayed, but some companies will use this to their advantage and adopt RFID where the paybacks are compelling for competitive advantage and to increase sales.

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