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NXP dominates $28.2B OE automotive sector in 2015

06 Apr 2016

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Semicast Research has released a report indicating that NXP led the semiconductor vendor race to take over the OE automotive sector in 2015. Infineon Technologies surpassed Renesas Electronics to become the second largest vendor, with STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments completing the top five. Semicast also added that revenues for OE automotive semiconductors reached $28.2 billion last year.

Supplier consolidation and currency movements are the key factors influencing changes in the vendor share ranking in 2015. NXP completed the acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor in early December 2015, propelling the combined company to the top of the share ranking, with an estimated 14.5 per cent. Similarly, Infineon's acquisition of International Rectifier in January 2015 moves it ahead of Renesas to number two, with an estimated market share of 10.1 per cent. Having been the largest semiconductor supplier to the OE automotive sector for each of the last five years, Renesas is thus relegated to third position in the vendor share ranking in 2015, with an estimated 9.5 per cent share.

2015 OE automotive semiconductor vendor share ranking

Figure 1: 2015 OE automotive semiconductor vendor share ranking (2015 market size: $28.2 billion) Source: Semicast Research

Colin Barnden, principal analyst at Semicast Research, said "The combination of NXP and Freescale creates a formidable force, not just in automotive semiconductors but in other areas such as industrial, medical and MCUs. It will now almost certainly require the merger of two other leading suppliers to move NXP from the head of the automotive vendor share rankings."

Changes in the value of the euro and yen relative to the U.S. dollar have also impacted the vendor share ranking. Compared with 2014, the Euro was an average of 16 per cent weaker against the U.S. dollar in 2015, while the yen was almost 13 per cent weaker.

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