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62 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2019 Additive Manufacturing Leaps from Prototype to Production E According to a new report published by ABI Research, additive manufacturing will produce more than $360 billion worth of parts and end products each year and nearly $2 trillion in sum by the end of the next decade. Personal Computing Device Shipments to Drop 3.3% in 2019 E Unit shipments for the worldwide personal computing devices market, comprised of tradi- tional PCs and tablets, are expected to decline 3.3% in 2019, according to a new forecast from the International Data Corp. (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. Canalys Expects Fewer than 2 Million Foldable Smartphones Will Ship in 2019 E Foldable phones have arrived, in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and more vendors will soon follow with their own takes on foldable displays—but 2019 will not be the year that foldable phones go main- stream. Egyptian Mobile Phone Market Shows Signs of Recovery E Egypt's mobile phone market saw shipments totaling 14.4 million units in 2018, according to the latest insights from International Data Corp. (IDC). Automotive Semiconductor Market to Reach $77B by 2027 E The global automotive semiconductor market accounted to $34.89 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period 2018–2027 to reach $76.93 billion by 2027. MEA Personal Computing Devices Market Down 5% in 4Q18 E The Middle East and Africa (MEA) personal computing devices market declined by 5% year on year in Q4 2018, according to the latest insights from International Data Corp. (IDC). Semiconductor Equipment Market to Grow at CAGR of 7% From 2018—2026 E According to Coherent Market Insights, the global semiconductor equipment market is projected to exhibit an impressive CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period (2018-2026). Intel Expected to Recapture Top Semiconductor Supplier Ranking in 2019 E Although Intel Corp.'s semiconductor sales are forecast to be relatively flat in 2019, the company is poised to regain the top semicon- ductor supplier ranking this year—a position it held from 1993 through 2016. Smartphone Shipments Expected to Drop in 2019 E Worldwide smartphone volumes are forecast to fall by 0.8% in 2019 with volumes dipping to 1.39 billion. However, the smartphone market will begin to pick up momentum this year with year-over-year growth of 2.3% expected in the second half of the year. Green Regulations Driving Growth of Lithium-ion Batteries E The global lithium-ion battery market is expected to reach $93.1 billion by 2025 while registering a robust CAGR of 17% as well, according to data compiled by Grand View Research.

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