Which Country Exports the Most Smart Cards in the World?

Electronic Components And Boards May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, approx. 312K tonnes of smart card were exported worldwide; lowering by -7.2% against the previous year level. In general, smart card exports continue to indicate a drastic deduction. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, an increase of -5.1% y-o-y. Over the period under review, global smart card exports reached its maximum volume of 858K tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, smart card exports stood at $43B in 2016. Overall, smart card exports continue to indicate a measured setback. Over the period under review, global smart card exports reached its maximum level of $56B in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Smart Card Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (5.3 billion USD)

2. Germany (4.4 billion USD)

3. Netherlands (2.3 billion USD)

4. United Kingdom (1.8 billion USD)

5. Czech Republic (1.6 billion USD)

6. Poland (1.6 billion USD)

7. France (1.3 billion USD)

Smart Card Exports By Country

In 2016, China (77K tonnes), and Germany (60K tonnes) were the key exporters of smart card in the globe, together generating 44% of total exports. Poland (38K tonnes) took the second position in the ranking, followed by the Netherlands (20K tonnes), Czech Republic (20K tonnes), the UK (20K tonnes), and France (20K tonnes). All these countries together took near 38% share of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of smart card exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by the Netherlands (+20.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the exports figures.

In value terms, the largest smart card markets worldwide were China ($5.3B), Germany ($4.4B) and the Netherlands ($2.3B), together accounting for 28% of global exports.The UK, Czech Republic, Poland and France lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 15%.

Poland (+13.0% per year) recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the smart card exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the exports figures.

Smart Card Export Prices By Country

The average smart card export price stood at $137 per kg in 2016, picking up by 5% against the previous year. Overall, it indicated a strong growth from 2007 to 2016: the export price value increased at an average annual rate of +8.9% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, smart card export price increased by +115.5% against its level of 2007. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2008, an increase of 22% year-to-year. Global smart card export peaked in 2016, and is likely to see steady growth in the near future.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was the Netherlands ($114 per kg), while Poland ($41 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of smart card export prices was attained by the UK (+15.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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