China Sensor Industry Report, 2013-2016 forecasts that in 2016 Chinese sensor output will reach 3.16 billion.
The Chinese sensor market can be divided into two stages: (1) Prior to 2009, sensors in China, driven by automotive and industrial electronics, witnessed rapid development, but were affected by the financial crisis. The output touched bottom in 2009. (2) In 2009-2012, the Chinese sensor market entered a slow recovery track, with output up as high as 1.99 billion in 2012.
Chinese sensor manufacturers are mainly concentrated in the Yangtze River delta region, also accompanied by a regional layout formation in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Xi'an, and other central cities, of which, the Shanghai, Wuxi, and Nanjing-cored Yangtze River Delta region have been gradually equipped with thermo-sensitive, magnetic-sensing, image, weighing, photoelectric, temperature, gas-sensitive, and other sensor production systems and associated industries.
Seen from the development trend, China's private and joint-ventured sensor products hold the low- and medium-end markets, while high-end products are produced primarily by foreign manufacturers, such as Rosemount and Honeywell in terms of pressure sensors; Mettler and HBM for weighing sensors; P+F, Turck and Omron for photoelectric sensors; Freescale, Aalegra and Dallars for chip-level sensors; Rumata and Raytek for infrared sensors; and Delphi for automotive sensors. As of 2012, 80% of the world's leading sensor manufacturers have already accessed the Chinese market.
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