updated 01:45 pm EDT, Tue May 16, 2006
iPod accessory production
A new report suggests that mainland China and Taiwan accessory manufacturers expect to produce over $104 million worth of iPod and related audio accessories in 2006 -- up 37 percent year-over-year. "The iPod phenomenon has created plenty of opportunities for accessory manufacturers. At least 50 new suppliers are ready to begin production this year in Taiwan and mainland China alone," report publisher Mark Saunderson said. The report forecasts 2006 production value of about $33 million for mainland China manufacturing -- up 85 percent -- while Taiwan production is expected to be about $71 million. "Production costs are increasing due to compliance with the European restriction of hazardous substances directive and high energy costs. Many manufacturers expect to increase export prices by about 10 percent in the months ahead," Saunderson added.
PMP/iPod Accessories covers portable speakers and docking stations for iPod and similar audio players in the report, as well as audiovisual cables and chargers, cases, and wireless transmitters. The document features profiles of 28 leading manufacturers in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including many that supply Apple-approved vendors.
The report examines manufacturing, technology and pricing trends, and provides specifications for 87 best-selling export products.
Results suggest that 89 percent of surveyed makers supply ODM or OEM products, while manufacturers serve brands and other retailers worldwide. Shenzhen and Dongguan are major production centers, and major retailers include RadioShack, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy.
The report is available for $500.