Mainland China is the largest supplier of DC motors, accounting for more than 60 percent of total global production. Output is expected to reach 2.95 billion units in 2007, and will continue to grow at an average rate of 10 percent in the coming years.
Many manufacturers in the region appear to be reaching full capacity,and are now planning to increase production and overall exports by adding more capacity. Raw material prices appear to have stabilized, at least in the short term, while labor shortages have been addressed to some extent with wage increases.
The standard or brushed DC motors upply market is mature, but micromotor production dominates by far. Most suppliers see growth opportunities in the emerging in-car and household appliances markets, as well as the steady mobile phone industry.
The following are some of the key trends we see in China’s DC motor industry:
• Prices may increase by about 5 to 10 percent into the first half of 2008, mainly because of high prices of critical raw materials such as copper and silicon steel, and concerns with increased labor costs.
• The EU is still the principal market for DC motor exports, followed by North America. Most export oriented manufacturers have fully addressed compliance issues related to RoHS and WEEE, and the rest are following suit.
• Increased efficiency is a top priority for China manufacturers, who are aiming to reduce DC motor noise or vibration and overall size.
• Most manufacturers have reached full utilization, but in order to boost their exports, are planning to increase capacity anywhere between 20 and 50 percent. Many will expand output of brushless motors for in-car electronics products such as DVD players.
The above is extracted from the Executive Summary of China Sourcing Report: DC Motors
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