SIM card shipments to rise to 6.6 billion by 2017

Annual volumes of SIM cards shipped are forecast to increase from 4.8 billion 2011 to 6.6 billion in 2017, according to IMS Research.


Annual volumes of SIM cards shipped are forecast to increase from 4.8 billion 2011 to 6.6 billion in 2017. This is one of the leading conclusions from IMS Research’s (recently acquired by IHS Inc.) just published report SIM Cards – World – 2012.

“In terms of volumes the SIM card market is by far the largest smart card market and this is forecast to continue to be the case over the next five years,” stated Alex Green, director of IMS Research’s Financial and ID Technology Group and the report’s author. “That being said, the market is forecast to change somewhat in complexion during this time.

“One of the most interesting changes will be in terms of the card form factors. The standard 2FF form factor has dominated the SIM card market for many years now. However, the smaller 3FF form factor has grabbed share during 2011, with nearly 200 million shipments. Further even smaller form factors, such as 4FF, are also forecast to take share during the next five years. The share taken by the traditional 2FF form factor is forecast to have fallen to 60% by 2017”

Non-removable form factors are also forecast to see success over the report’s forecast period. This will be particularly driven by cellular-enabled industrial M2M devices where removable form factors are less practical and higher environmental tolerances are required. The big question remains as to whether these embedded SIMs will also be used in traditional cellular devices.

he product types that drive the SIM market are also forecast to change to some extent over the next five years. Smartphones and traditional cellular handsets have been the primary end-devices for SIM cards historically. Although these are still forecast to drive the bulk of the market, cellular-enabled consumer electronics devices, such as tablets, PCs, USB dongles and cellular-enabled industrial M2M devices (such as utility meters, vehicles, asset tracking devices and EFT-POS) are forecast to take approaching 15% of the market in 2017.

The IMS Research report SIM Cards – World – 2012 examines these issues in detail, along with presenting forecasts for more than 60 individual countries. The report also explores the impact of various embedded SIM card market models as well as presenting the market by air interface, NFC secure element uptake, SIM memory, IC markets plus much more.

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Safety for 18 years, warehouse maintenance tips, Ethernet and the IIoT, GAMS 2016 recap
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Safety at every angle, Big Data's impact on operations, bridging the skills gap
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me