Unusually high sales growth of almost 10% in the last quarter of 2018 meant the German electronic component distribution market finished on a high note.
After a very positive, double-digit 2017, the European semiconductor distribution industry posted solid growth throughout 2018. In the 4th quarter of 2018, semiconductor distribution sales according to DMASS, grew by 14.2% to 2.3bn Euro.
Disregarding a potential buffeting from Brexit and tariff wars, industry association ecsn-AFDEC is forecasting the UK and Ireland distribution market will grow 5.9% to £1.47bn in 2019, representing 44% of the Components Total Available Market (TAM) of £3.28bn.
The German component distribution market reported solid but sluggish growth for the third quarter of 2018. According to the distribution companies registered with the Fachverband Bauelemente Distribution (FBDi), sales during the period July to September 2018 grew by 4.7% to reach 980m euros.
Healthy mid-single-digit growth has been the order of the day for the European semiconductor distribution industry this year. With product shortages and price increases continuing through the summer, Q3/2018 ended, according to DMASS, with 2.3bn Euro of sales, an increase of 6.3% compared to 2017. The first nine months of 2018 showed exactly the same increase of 6.3%, to 6.91bn Euro of sales.
Adam Fletcher, chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), has reported continuing strong revenue growth in August 2018, traditionally one of the quieter months in the year. But at the same time he acknowledged an unusual eight point fall in the B2B (book to bill) ratio.
Microcontroller (MCU) sales are on the march, says IC Insights. The market is expected to continue hitting record-high annual revenues through 2022. In 2017 systems manufacturers stepped up purchases of microcontrollers in 2017 with unit shipments surging 22% and strong growth looks set to continue this year.
The European electronic components distributor total available market (DTAM) continued to grow in Q2 2018, says Adam Fletcher, Chairman of the International Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA).
Stable but uninspired, a sort of backhanded compliment summarises the German component distribution market during the second quarter 2018. Sales by companies registered with the Fachverband Bauelemente Distribution (FBDi e.V.) grew in the months April, May and June by 5% (compared with Q2/2017) to 949m Euros.
The European semiconductor distribution industry continued on a solid yet slow growth path through Q2/2018. Despite (or because of) severe allocation issues in many key technologies and products, the market according to DMASS*, grew 5.7% in Q2/2018, to 2.32bn Euro.