- An analysis from Frost & Sullivan reveals that North American automotive revenues for fractional-horsepower electric motors could reach $2.17 billion in 2009, up from last year's $2.01 billion figure. "Besides power mirrors, door locks, windows, and seats that are already in use and are seeing increasing installation, automakers are adding additional electric motors for new functions such as power running boards and trunk lids," says F&S analyst Joerg Dittmer. "Electric steering systems are just beginning to be used in North American vehicle models, and electric brakes may follow, along with electric oil and water pumps, air-conditioning compressors, and electromagnetically actuated engine valves." For details, see www.transportation.frost.com.
- A three-volume study from Venture Development Corp. forecasts that shipments of electronic pressure sensors and transducers in the U.S. will increase from $1.282 billion last year to $1.508 billion in 2007 for a compound annual growth rate of 3.3%. VDC studied only the merchant market for such sensors, even though this is mostly a captive market. The study also predicts that $65 million of this growth will come in component-level pressures sensors (up from last year's $52 million), $400 million from process transmitters (up from last year's $360 million), and $1.043 billion from nonprocess transducers/transmitters (up from last year's $870 million). Go to www.vdc-corp.com/industrial for more information.
- China is emerging as a large maker of CRT-based TV components, says Daniel Yang in iSuppli's "Market Watch—China," (March 31, 2003, Vol. 2). He notes that the rapid growth of China's color TV and PC monitor industries is spurring demand for flyback transformers and other special components used in CRT-based systems. In fact, China has become the world's largest flyback transformer manufacturing base. China is already the world's largest color TV producer, with an output of 42.35 million units last year and a one-year growth rate of about 30%. Contact Yang at [email protected] or go to www.isuppli.com.