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UHF RFID Inlays Market By Type (Wet UHF RFID Inlays, Dry UHF RFID Inlays), By End-Use Verticals (Retail, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrial, Government, Transports & Logistics, Others) - Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026

Consistently Growing Adoption of RFID Technology to Drive the Global UHF RFID Inlays Market

The global UHF RFID inlay market was valued at US$ 355.0 million in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.8% from 2018 to 2026. The market is mainly driven by the rising adoption of RFID technology across several end-use verticals worldwide. The increasing need for a longer detection range was observed as another prominent factor helping the UHF RFID inlay market witness robust growth. Inlays operate as the heart of passive RFID tags, hence the high impact on the market growth of passive RFID tags. Passive RFID tags account for more than 2/3 of the overall market for RFID tags. Approximately 8 million RFID tags were sold in 2017, registering a high growth rate of 29.5% with respect to 2016. The RFID market for passive tags is expected to grow at a high rate owing to their low cost, small size, and longer life as compared to their active counterparts. The passive RFID tag market has also seen remarkable growth after the evolution of the RAIN RFID alliance, which works to spread awareness of UHF RFID among potential users. As a result, the overall UHF RFID inlay market is expected to grow steadily over the forecast period.

Market Synopsis

Throughout the forecast period, the wet inlays segment will lead the UHF RFID inlays market.

In 2017, the wet inlay segment accounted for the largest share of the overall UHF RFID inlay market, owing to its low cost and easy handling features. The relatively lower cost of supportive paper labels reduces the overall price of wet inlays, thereby setting the market for passive tags to grow significantly over the forecast period. Apart from the retail sector, the healthcare, industrial, and transportation sectors have also witnessed growth in the adoption of wet inlays owing to the benefits they offer. However, the dry inlay segment, due to its relatively higher price, serves a comparatively smaller number of applications. As a result, wet RFID inlays are expected to continue dominating the market during the forecast period.

With a market share of more than 40%, North America dominates the global market; Asia-Pacific will emerge as the next promising market.

North American RFID inlay manufacturers are consistently improving the quality of RFID tags by introducing upcoming generations of UHF RFID inlays into the global market. The U.S. has recently launched 4th generation UHF RFID inlays, thereby expanding the application scale for passive tags. Technological improvements coupled with an increasing adoption rate are some of the prominent factors helping North America to lead the global market. For example, Fujitsu Frontech North America, Inc., a leading player in innovation technologies and front-end solutions, launched super slim washable UHF RFID line tag manufacturing technology in April 2018, which is expected to be available by the end of 2018. These tags are 30%–40% smaller than conventional tags and hence can easily fit into smaller seams of washable items.

The retail sector accounted for the highest market share in the UHF RFID inlay market in North America, considering the increasing adoption of RFID tags. The consistently growing retail sector has been observed as one of the most influencing factors for the UHF RFID inlay market in North America. Total retail sales in the United States reached nearly $5 trillion in 2017 and are expected to reach $5.5 trillion by 2026. Online retailing has been identified as one of the recent trends gaining rapid traction in North America as a whole, opening up new opportunities for the market. At the same time, Mexico has captured a notable market share from the retail sector in the overall UHF RFID tag market in Latin America.

Asia Pacific is projected to register the fastest growth in the UHF RFID inlay market over the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. Growing security concerns and increasing demand for asset tracking are some of the factors supporting market growth. Technological advancements in some of the leading countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, are playing an important role in the overall growth of the RFID market. The low cost of these inlays has been identified as the most important factor driving Asia Pacific UHF RFID inlay market growth.

Product Development to Remain a Key Strategy

Leading players in the UHF RFID inlay market are introducing next-generation UHF RFID inlays with the goal of serving applications other than retail. Market players are focusing more on the development of passive RFID tags with higher-power radio frequencies coupled with a longer detection range. North America seems consistent in introducing newer generations of RFID technology, which thus accounted for the highest share. Product development and geographic expansion are some of the key strategies followed by UHF RFID inlay market leaders.

For instance, in February 2017, Invengo Technology Pte. Ltd., a global RFID technology provider, launched a new generation linen tag. LinTRAK-Slim is the slimmest UHF RFID tag for laundry and textile applications, based on the market's most recent, smaller inlay chip.LinTRAK-Slim is specifically designed for commercial laundries and other consumer sites, such as hotels and hospitals, for product security.

Historical & Forecast Period

2016 : Historical Year

2017 :  Base Year

2018-2026 : Forecast Period

This research report presents the analysis of each segment from 2016 to 2026, considering 2017 as the base year for the research. Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each respective segment calculated for the forecast period from 2018 to 2026.

Report Scope by Segments

The UHF RFID inlays market report provides market size and estimates based on market dynamics and key trends observed in the end-use. The report provides a holistic view of the global UHF RFID market based on type and geography. Key segments covered in the report are as follows:

Type Segment of UHF RFID Inlays (2016-2026; US$ Mn)

  • Wet inlays
  • Dry inlays

End-use Verticals for UHF RFID Inlays (2016-2026; US$ Mn)

  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Government
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Others (pharmaceuticals, automotive, etc.)

Geography Segment (2016–2026; US$ Mn)

  • North America
    • United States
    • rest of North America
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom
    • Germany
    • France
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Asia
    • Rest of APAC
  • Rest of the World (RoW)
    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    • Latin America

This report's distinct data points

  • Statistics on major end-use verticals worldwide
  • The market size for UHF RFID inlays has been calculated based on concrete parameters, including end-use vertical size and adoption scenario.
  • In addition, dynamics in RFID end-use across different geographies have been equally considered for estimating the growth rate and forecast market size.
  • attractive investment proposition for both dry as well as wet inlay segments, including geography and end-use verticals
  • Comparative scenario for all the segments for years 2017 (actual) and 2026 (forecast)

Frequently Asked Questions:

The market for UHF RFID Inlays is expected to reach US$ 355.0 Mn in 2026.

The UHF RFID Inlays market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years,at 14.8%.

The report is forecasted from 2018-2026.

The base year of this report is 2017.

SMARTRAC N.V.,Shang Yang RFID Technology Yangzhou Co.,Xindeco IOT Technology Co. Ltd.,Invengo Technology Pte. Ltd.,Avery Dennison Corporation are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Jul 2018
Category:  Semiconductor & Electronics
Report ID:   59213
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