Freescale takeover makes NXP the largest automotive chip vendor

April 06, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
According to the latest analysis by market watcher Semicast Research, NXP was the leading vendor of semiconductors to the OE automotive sector in 2015. Infineon passed Renesas Electronics to become the second largest vendor, with STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments completing the top five. Semicast estimates that revenues for OE automotive semiconductors totaled USD 28.2 billion in 2015.

Supplier consolidation and currency movements are the key factors influencing changes in the vendor share ranking in 2015. NXP completed the acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor in early December 2015, propelling the combined company to the top of the share ranking, with an estimated 14.5 percent. Similarly, Infineon’s acquisition of International Rectifier in January 2015 moves it ahead of Renesas to number two, with an estimated market share of 10.1 percent. Having been the largest semiconductor supplier to the OE automotive sector for each of the last five years, Renesas is thus relegated to third position in the vendor share ranking in 2015, with an estimated 9.5 percent share.


Colin Barnden, Principal Analyst at Semicast Research, commented “The combination of NXP and Freescale creates a formidable force, not just in automotive semiconductors but in other areas such as industrial, medical and microcontrollers. It will now almost certainly require the merger of two other leading suppliers to move NXP from the head of the automotive vendor share rankings.”

Changes in the value of the Euro and Yen relative to the US Dollar have also impacted the vendor share ranking. Compared with 2014, the Euro was an average of sixteen percent weaker against the US Dollar in 2015, while the Yen was almost thirteen percent weaker.