Computer Motherboards Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Rising input costs, particularly copper, and increasing wages in overseas countries have pushed motherboard prices upward. For these reasons and to help procurement professionals make better buying decisions faster, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of computer motherboards to its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

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Projected declines in copper prices and high competition among suppliers will help keep motherboard price growth low.

Computer motherboards have a buyer power score of 3.6 on a 5-point scale. This score reflects relatively positive market conditions for buyers, though there are some limitations on purchasing power. Prices for motherboards have increased moderately in recent years due to rising input costs, according to market research firm IBISWorld. The price of copper, in particular, has experienced large spikes, forcing manufacturers to raise prices. Labor costs have also been rising. Although most manufacturing of motherboards takes place overseas in countries with lower labor costs, these countries have experienced rising wages in recent years, pushing prices up. Fortunately for buyers, prices for semiconductors and electronic components are decreasing, helping to partially offset the input costs that are rising. Over the next three years, motherboard prices are forecast to rise at a slower pace due to projected declines in copper prices.

The upstream supply chain for computer motherboards experiences some volatility that creates greater risk for buyers. Says IBISWorld, volatile copper and precious metal prices can cause purchasing costs to fluctuate unpredictably for manufacturers; however, final product prices are not as volatile as input costs. High levels of competition help to moderate price increases. The top manufacturers of motherboards are billion-dollar companies that produce well-known brand names for electronics. These companies compete aggressively on price to maintain their market shares and win customers. The high level of competition in this market ultimately boosts buyer power. Current major vendors include Asustek, Intel, Micro-Star International Co. and Elitegroup Computer Systems Co.

Although a large number of motherboards are produced with different features and specifications, there is a low level of product specialization. Motherboards are mass-produced and typically not customized for individual buyers. As a result, buyers have a large variety of options to choose from and are not locked into specific brands or suppliers. Furthermore, buyers have low switching costs and can easily choose new suppliers if desired. A lack of substitutes somewhat diminishes buyer power, though; motherboards are essential components of computers, so buyers lose some leverage in negotiating with suppliers because alternative products cannot be used. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Computer Motherboards procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of motherboards, which connects the crucial components of a computer, including its hard drive, memory and central processing unit (CPU). This report includes desktop computer and server motherboards but does not cover motherboards that are already mounted in new computers.

Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Market Profitability
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.
IBISWorld is one of the world's leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorld’s procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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