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30 December 2014

Growth and consolidation in European telematics market


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The adoption of commercial vehicle telematics systems is still growing briskly, according to Berg Insight, which refers to these products as fleet management systems. 

Berg says the number of active systems deployed in commercial fleets in Europe was 3.65 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and adds that the market is growing at a compound annual rate of 14.2 per cent. The total is expected to reach 7.1 million by 2018, it says.

Berg says a group of international aftermarket solution providers have emerged as the leaders in the European market. Sharing the top slot are Masternaut, with an active installed base of close to 350,000 units in July 2014, mainly in France and the UK; and TomTom Telematics, now with 400,000 subscribers and with the fastest growth rate.

Digicore, which trades in Britain as Ctrack, has also joined the exclusive group of top providers in Europe, Berg says, having more than 100,000 active devices in the field. Transics is number one in the heavy trucks segment with an estimated 85,000 active units installed – though it has very little presence in the UK so far.

A major trend in the past three years, Berg says, has been the announcement of standard line fitment of fleet management solutions by heavy commercial vehicle manufacturers such as Scania, Daimler, Volvo and MAN. 

FleetBoard by Daimler, Dynafleet by Volvo and Scania Fleet Management are the most sold systems, it says, with cumulative shipments of 150,000 units, 135,000 units and 100,000 units respectively.

Among many key mergers and acquisitions this year, Berg cites Qualcomm’s sale of the majority of its European fleet business to Singapore-based Astrata Group; WABCO’s acquisition of Transics; Lysanda’s acquisition of UK-based Tracker Network in February; TomTom’s acquisition of French provider DAMS Tracking; and Francisco Partners’ sale of Masternaut to Summit Partners and FleetCor.

 

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