Blockchain is a global ledger that can automatically record and validate very high volumes of digital transactions, irrespective of location. The transactions in the blockchain are undisputable and threat of hacking is also eliminated, as all the transactions made are authorized by the miners. A blockchain is largely utilized in the banking and financial services sector. A blockchain is being increasingly utilized in applications in the electronic component industry as well due to its capability to manage multi-party complex transactions reliably and securely.
A major factor driving the blockchain in electronic component market is its capability to eliminate any counterfeiting risk associated with the supply chain of electronic components. The electronics industry is estimated to witness a significant rise in the implementation of blockchain in the near future as counterfeit parts pose a considerable threat to manufacturing. High security is ensured, as blockchain verifies and records all the transactions made. It is also a faster and a cheaper medium of carrying out transfer of online information and virtual money without the need of any third-party verification. Consequently, it is increasingly being adopted globally.
However, publicly traded manufacturers do not wish to disclose every transaction for respective manufacturing part number (MPN). Nevertheless, a manufacturer can always create multiple wallets for the same MPN, allowing buyers to verify the ownership of the wallet. However, a single buyer will not be able to request a large number of wallet addresses of a single manufacturer, thus not revealing his sales or profit margin. A lack of awareness about the reliability of blockchain is a major restraint of the market, in spite of its robustness in the electronic component industry. However, the impact of this restraint is expected to significantly decrease in the near future.
Increasing demand for blockchain from small-scale electronic component manufacturers and from electronics manufacturing service (EMS) providers who cannot afford to purchase components directly from original component manufacturers is likely to present growth opportunities for the blockchain in electronic component market. Since, these are most susceptible to encounter counterfeit parts, they are anticipated to be able to easily uncover a counterfeit by looking at the part’s blockchain transaction history, followed by identifying where it left the regular supply chain and entered the black market.
The blockchain in electronic component market can be segmented based on type of blockchain, size of the component manufacturer, and geography. Based on type, the market can be segmented into public blockchain, private blockchain, and consortium blockchain. The consortium blockchain is partly public and is therefore also referred to as the hybrid blockchain. In terms of size of the component manufacturer, the blockchain in electronic component market can be segregated into small-scale manufacturer, medium scale manufacturer, and large scale manufacturer. In terms of geography, the blockchain in electronic component market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and Latin America. Apart from North America, which deploys advanced technologies for payments and documentation, Asia Pacific is also expected to be a highly attractive market for blockchain in electronic component owing to the presence of a vast majority of manufacturers of electronics components in the region.
Prominent players operating in the blockchain in electronic component market include ABB Ltd., Accenture, Inc. 21, Inc., Chain, Inc., AlphaPoint Corporation, Bitfury USA, Inc., Skuchain, Inc., Coinbase, Inc, BTL Group, Dash Technologies Inc., Venture Proxy Ltd., Abra, Inc., Circle Internet Financial Limited, Digital Asset Holdings, LLC, Digitalx Ltd., Global Arena Holding, Inc., IBM Corporation, and Microsoft Corporation.
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