UPM RFID, Avery Dennison, and Alien Technology Top Passive UHF RFID Inlay Vendor Matrix

New York, New York - July 28, 2011

UPM RFID has been ranked at the top spot of ABI Research’s latest vendor matrix, receiving the highest ratings in both innovation and implementation. 

Avery Dennison took second place, while Alien Technology placed third. Smartrac Technology Ltd and LS Industrial Systems (LSIS) rounded out the top five.

The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of “innovation” and “implementation” across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.

“Although facing increasing competition from its peers, UPM RFID leads with its emphasis on developing a broad, deep portfolio of passive UHF inlays that target multiple applications, industries, and tag form factors,” says Michael Liard, research director, autoID and smart cards. “The diversity of the company’s offerings, markets, and customers/partners helped drive high scores across innovation and implementation criteria.”

“Avery Dennison and Alien Technology, UPM RFID’s main rivals, also scored highly in the Vendor Matrix, making it a tight race at the top,” says Liard. “Avery Dennison continues to demonstrate innovation and implementation success in the passive UHF inlay market, most notably in retail apparel tagging.  Alien Technology, a leading passive UHF solution provider, captured high marks as well, reflecting the company’s strength in the passive UHF inlay side of their business.”

Under “innovation,” this particular matrix looked at product innovation/development, antenna and connection innovation and development, inlay manufacturing innovation, key roles in developing and expanding the market through industry and knowledge transfer, application strategy and standards-based product innovation, and a breadth of product offerings.

For “implementation,” the matrix analyzed companies’ estimated annual UHF inlay volume in addressed/targeted markets, regional market presence and penetration, overall market leadership and strength, global sales/support capabilities and distribution channels, and breadth of vertical and application markets served/addressable markets.

To view a chart showing the rankings of the “top ten” firms in this Vendor Matrix, please visit “Passive UHF RFID Inlay Vendor Matrix.” Registration on the ABI Research website (free) is required. Access to the rankings and profiles of all companies surveyed is available to clients of ABI Research.

This Vendor Matrix forms part of ABI Research’s RFID Research Service. For a list of all ABI Research Vendor Matrices, please visit Vendor Matrices.

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