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How Many RFID Tags Were Sold Worldwide in 2014?

Posted By RFID Journal, 01.05.2015

Has a reliable estimate been released?

—Name withheld

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I have heard estimates that some 2 billion passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags were sold in 2014, and I would imagine that at least that many passive high-frequency (HF) tags were sold as well. RFID Journal does not track sales of equipment, but companies such as Venture Development Corp. (VDC Research), Frost & Sullivan and ABI Research do, and they could probably provide you with an estimate.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

USER COMMENTS

Enzo Blonk 2015-02-02 09:49:45 AM
According to a report done by IDTechEx in July 2014 "..in total, 6.9 billion tags will be sold in 2014 versus 5.8 billion in 2013. Most of that growth is from passive UHF RFID labels, with UHF tag sales overtaking HF and LF tag sales by volume in 2012." According to this study the Apparel sector alone (UHF passive tags) accounted for 3 billion tags sold in 2014, which still is only 7% of "the total addressable market" in Apparel.

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