Demand for key commodity components like chip capacitors is heavily outstripping supply at the moment. The market is growing, but lead-times are lengthening because demand from the high volume consumer market is soaking up the available capacity. The latest smartphones can include up to 1000 or more of these tiny devices. At the same time, there is increased demand from the automotive industry and the wider industrial market, writes Steve Rawlins, CEO, Anglia Components
A positive sales performance in January has enabled distributors in the UK and Ireland to start 2018 in fine fettle. According to the figures released by the afdec leadership group within the Electronic Components Supply network (ecsn) the consolidated total Monthly Billings in January 2018 leapt 21% when compared to the previous month and increased by 14.5% when compared to January 2017.
The European semiconductor industry ended 2017 on an upbeat note. According to DMASS semiconductor sales as reported its members in Q4/2017 ended with an increase over Q4/2016 of 11.6% at 2.01bn Euro, the highest-ever winter quarter recorded by DMASS. The full year 2017 ended 14.6% higher at 8.5bn Euro, also an all-time record.
Latest sales figures released by the manufacturer authorised distributor (afdec) group within the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) reveal that a slowdown in semiconductor sales prompted a ‘flat’ overall total monthly Billings result in December ’17 compared to the same month 2016, and a 7% decline when compared to November ’17.
The $500bn global semiconductor market is tantalisingly close. That’s the bullish forecast presented by Malcolm Penn CEO of market research company Future Horizons. He is predicting growth a tick over 21% in 2018 taking the market to within a whisker of $500bn, well, $499.9bn to be exact.
At last there is a welcome and promising sign of better times ahead for the distribution channel in Europe. Latest numbers from DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of…