At present, the competition in the world electronic measuring instrument market is becoming increasingly fierce. In the past, test instrument manufacturers mainly used the high performance of instrument products as a competitive advantage, what the manufacturers developed, and what users bought. Nowadays it has become what the user needs, what the vendors are trying to develop, and the cheaper, better, faster and easier to use test instruments as the goal. Driven by informatization, the world's test instrument market will continue to maintain its growth momentum.
I. United States: In 1998, sales of electronic measuring instruments in the United States were approximately US$9.6 billion. In terms of foreign trade, the import value of electronic measuring instruments was 2.147 billion U.S. dollars, and the export value was 6.249 billion U.S. dollars, with a surplus of 4.09 billion U.S. dollars. The United States exported 10.8 billion U.S. dollars to its 10 major electronic measuring instrument trading partners, with an import value of 1.012 billion U.S. dollars and a surplus of 2.468 billion U.S. dollars. For the first time, China became one of the top 10 trading partners of electronic measuring instruments in the United States. The electronic measuring instruments exported to China were US$93 million. Hewlett-Packard's electronic measurement equipment department performed well with an annual growth rate of 20%. At present, it is in a leading position in the field of aerospace, defense, communications system maintenance, and communications equipment production. In order to improve pre-sales and after-sales services, Hewlett-Packard’s Electronic Measurement Instruments Division has established a “user voice” to collect and respond to user feedback. It also opened pre-sale free consultation and after-sales technical support telephone services to further strengthen cooperation with users. Provide users with comprehensive services in a system-integrated manner. China Hewlett-Packard also increased its efforts in research and development. Its electronic components division's sales growth rate in 1998 reached 73%. In 1999, China Communications Technology Center will be established, with major domestic research institutions in optical communications and radio frequency and microwave communications. Co-building laboratory in the field. U.S. Tektronix acquires CTE (the Siemens subsidiary in Germany), which is known for its communication measuring instruments. According to statistics, its communication test equipment accounts for 32% of the entire market, and the communication protocol analyzer accounts for 21% of the communication test equipment market. The company is a world leader in communications protocol analyzers. This acquisition has further strengthened Tektronix's strength in the development of communications test equipment. ATE-Teradyne's IC test equipment sales increased by 20% over the previous year, and sales of 800MHz integrated circuit test equipment and printed board test equipment are also promising. On the basis of the original products, another FLUKE company closely follows the development of computer networks and introduced a variety of portable network testing new instruments, such as the new 683/686 enterprise-class Fast Ethernet Tester.
The Second, Japan: In 1998, Japan's annual output value of electronic measuring instruments was 487.6 billion yen, an increase of 18.1 percent over the previous year. The output value of semiconductor devices and integrated circuit testers reached 269.8 billion yen, an increase of 34% over the previous year, accounting for 55% of the total output value of electronic measuring instruments. In other words, this kind of test equipment has become the pillar product of Japan's entire electronic test instrument market. Japan's transmission performance tester achieved a total output value of 39,100 million yen in 1998, an increase of 20.5% over the previous year, due to the increase in demand for network testing. In order to meet the requirements of the expansion of the enterprise's local area network and the increase in speed, as well as the expansion of the application scope of urban cable TV networks, transmission characteristic testers will continue to maintain a significant growth momentum in the near future. Although Anritsu Corporation of Japan was affected by the downturn in domestic investment, Europe and the United States have synchronized digital series. The demand for optical communication test equipment is eager to achieve Asia's decline in Europe and the United States. In addition, the output values of switch testers, logic analyzers, component material testers, and fast Fourier transform analyzers have all increased significantly. The spectrum analyzer continues to sell well, but the output value has decreased. The oscilloscope market was stable and the output value decreased, mainly due to the increase in imports. In terms of foreign trade, the export value of Japanese electronic measuring instruments in 1998 reached 236.7 billion yen, an increase of 35.9% over the previous year. Among the various instruments, the largest increase in export value was in communications meters, an increase of 65.8%. The export value of the largest is integrated circuit and discrete device testing equipment amounted to 146.8 billion yen, accounting for 62% of the entire electronic measuring instrument export value. Japan's electronic measuring instruments imported 95.479 billion yen, an increase of 10.4% over the previous year. The instrument with the largest import value is also an integrated circuit and discrete device test equipment, with a total import volume of 23.13 billion yen, accounting for 24% of the total import value of electronic measuring instruments.
3. Western Europe: The sales value of Western Europe's electronic measuring instruments in 1998 was 2.88 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 30% over the previous year, of which the sales value of communications test instruments doubled from the previous year to 662 million U.S. dollars. Excluding the oscilloscope's sales decreased slightly from the previous year, the sales value of other instruments increased over the previous year.
Fourth, Germany: German electronic measuring instruments sales in 1998 increased 8.1% over the previous year, reaching 538 million US dollars, is expected to continue to maintain growth in 1999. In the entire electronic measuring instrument market, communications test instruments accounted for the largest share, accounting for 27.4%, followed by oscilloscopes, accounting for 16.9%. In addition, microwave test equipment accounted for 14.7%, signal analyzer 7.5%, signal generator 4.7%, and logic analyzer 3.1%. Electronic measuring instruments are technology-intensive and knowledge-intensive products. They are the basic conditions and means for the scientific research, production, testing and maintenance of all electronic products. They are also an indispensable and important part of many major engineering support and economic construction. It is generally believed that the outlook for the electronic measuring instrument market is still optimistic.