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25 Mar 2019

Smartphone Assembly Volumes Drop 6.2% in the Fourth Quarter Hot Season, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 25, 2018 – According to the latest results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Smartphone Qview, due to weakening channel demand, worldwide smartphone ODM/EMS assembly shipment volumes dropped 6.2% year over year during the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18) with total shipments of 356.7 million.

"Longer duration of smartphone usage has led to slow demand in the hot season, causing global smartphone production to drop in 4Q18," said Sean Kao, senior research manager with IDC's Worldwide Smartphone ODM Research Group. "Worldwide smartphone ODM/EMS assembly shipment volumes showed a year-over-year decrease of 6.2% and only a slight quarter-over-quarter growth of 0.3%."

With many assembly factories having huge inventory on hand, component suppliers are likely to receive no orders in 1Q19 and face financial distress due to inventory pileup and funding shortage. On the other hand, first-tier ODMs will transfer their resources to different customers such as HMD, OPPO, Samsung, due to adjustment of outsourcing policy by Huawei and Xiaomi.

Worldwide Top 5 Smartphone Assembly Vendors' Shipment Volume Ranking, 2015 - 4Q2018



2015

2016

2017

1Q18

2Q18

3Q18

4Q18

2018

1

Samsung

Samsung

Samsung

Samsung

Samsung

Samsung

Foxconn

Samsung

2

Foxconn

Foxconn

Foxconn

Foxconn

Foxconn

Foxconn

Samsung

Foxconn

3

Pegatron

OPPO

OPPO

Pegatron

OPPO

OPPO

Pegatron

OPPO

4

LG

Pegatron

VIVO

OPPO

VIVO

VIVO

Flex

VIVO

5

Huaqin

VIVO

Pegatron

VIVO

Pegatron

Pegatron

VIVO

Pegatron

Source: IDC Worldwide ODM & Display Industry Research Group, March 2019

Notes: The ranking on this list is based on complete knock-down (CKD) assembly, which includes in-house assembly, but excludes design without assembly.

Looking ahead, IDC expects smartphone ODM/EMS assembly volumes to gradually recover after slowing in 1Q19. Beyond 2019, IDC expects lengthening life cycles, caused by a lack of new features, better quality of low-tier products, expectation of slow economic growth, and deferred purchases in anticipation of 5G products will continue to have a negative impact on developed markets. In addition, high market and industrial concentration rates will weaken low-tier vendors' ability to adjust component inventory. Smartphone component suppliers may therefore face drastic changes in demand from manufacturers.

IDC Worldwide ODM & Display Industry Research

The object of IDC's Worldwide ODM & Display Research is the compilation of manufacturers who provide ODM and EMS services to their clients – branded vendors. The ODM/EMS manufacturers are in the upstream of the industry supply chain, as the red mark in Figure 1. ODM/EMS manufacturers include Foxconn, Huaqin, Compal, Quanta, Compal, Wistron, and others. Their clients are branded or white-box vendors, such as Apple, Amazon, Lenovo, Huawei, Oppo, and others.



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