Resistors are commonly used to provide desired drop in voltage or minimize the flow of electric current within a circuit. Resistors can be distinguished into variable resistors and fixed resistors. Based on connecting method, these types can be sub-divided into leaded and nonleaded. Leaded fixed resistors are known as through-hole fixed resistors. These resistors have defined ohmic resistance. They are commonly produced in an axial lead style. They have long, bendable leads that are injected into holes in circuit boards. Through-hole fixed resistors that are made of carbon films are suitable for use in high-tolerance applications, while resistors made of metal films are suitable for general applications. Large circuit boards and prototyping projects with no soldering requirement prefer through-hole fixed resistors. These resistors are largely used in automotive, telecommunication, and medical applications. 

The through-hole technology has proved useful even in this age of surface mount technology, offering several benefits such as high reliability and high precision. Leads in through-hole fixed resistors run through the board, allowing the components to tolerate high environmental stress. Hence, these resistors are best suited for use in applications, which require high reliability and strong connection and experience extremes in temperatures, collision, and acceleration, such as military and aerospace. Furthermore, the through-hole mounting technology offers a stronger bond between the component and the PCB as compared to the surface mount technology. Also, through-hole fixed resistors are simply replaceable and they can be used with breadboard openings. Therefore, design engineers highly prefer through-hole resistors for use in prototyping. Furthermore, fixed resistors have resistance that changes only slightly with temperature, time, or operating voltage, which makes the electronic device more stable. These advantages of the through-hole technology and fixed resistors are driving the through-hole fixed resistors. However, the through-hole technology lengthens production time as it involves the PCB drilling process, which directly increases the production cost. It also limits the availability of routing, due to insertion of leads through the hole. These factors are expected to indirectly hamper the through-hole fixed resistors market in the near future. 

The through-hole fixed resistors market can be segmented based on resistive technology, resistance value, tolerance value, application, and region. Based on resistive technology, the through-hole fixed resistors market can be segmented into carbon film resistors, metal film resistors, wirewound resistors, carbon composition resistors, metal oxide resistors, and others. Among these, wirewound resistors are typically used in high-power, industrial applications such as fuses and circuit breakers. In terms of resistance value, the through-hole fixed resistors market can be divided into 0–0.01 ohm, 0.01–0.1 ohm, 0.1–10 ohm, 10 ohm – 1 M-ohm, 1 M-ohm – 1 G-ohm, and above 1 G-ohm. Based on tolerance value, the through-hole fixed resistors market can be segregated into 0.005–0.01%, 0.01–0.1%, 0.1–1%, 1–5%, and above 5%. In terms of application, the through-hole fixed resistors market can be classified into telecommunication, medical, aerospace & defense, automotive, and others. In terms of geography, the global through-hole fixed resistors market can be divided into North America, Europe, South America, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific. 

The through-hole fixed resistors market is highly fragmented with several players operating in the market. Leading players in the through-hole fixed resistors market are focusing on production of resistors with high performance. Some of the key players in the through-hole fixed resistors market are manufacturers such as Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., YAGEO Corporation, TE Connectivity Ltd., Stackpole Electronics, Inc., NIC Components Corp., Panasonic Corporation, Bourns, Inc., Avnet, Inc., Riedon, Inc., Caddock Electronics, Inc., TT Electronics plc., Ohmite Mfg. Co, koa Speer Electronics, INC., and AVX Corporation.

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