Trying to forecast the electronic components market right now is a tough call, so the Electronic Component Supply Network (ecsn) has hedged its bets.
In line with the general components market and an ailing German economy, sales in the German component distribution business declined significantly in the last quarter.
DMASS reports a decline of 8.9% in semiconductor revenue in Q3/2019. Germany, France and Italy affected most. Discrete, MOS Micro and Logic shrink double-digit.
For the first time in two years decreasing orders in the German component distribution has resulted in a slight drop in turnover. Sales of distribution companies under the umbrella of the Fachverband Bauelemente-Distribution (FBDi e.V.) dropped by 2% to 879m Euro.
An initially downbeat but longer term cheerful forecast for the global microcontroller (MCU) market has been issued by IC Insights. After reaching record-high sales in the last two years, the MCU market slid 13% lower in the first half of 2019 because of overall weakness in electronic systems, a slowdown in automobile sales, and no letup in the trade war between the U.S. and China.
Finally the European distribution market is showing the signs of wear and tear. The second quarter of 2019 finally showed the long-expected slowdown of the components distribution market in Europe, largely in line with the overall market trends.
The first signs of a slowdown in the German component distribution market are becoming apparent following two stellar years of growth says FBDi, the German component distribution association.
Well it’s not all doom and gloom. According to DMASS* European semiconductor distribution sales grew by 8.4% to 2.5bn Euro, an all-time record in the first quarter of 2019.
The UK and Ireland distribution market’s run of twelve consecutive periods of ‘quarter-on-same-quarter-the-previous-year’ growth’ has been abruptly halted by an unexpected decline in Billings in April ‘19.
UK and Ireland component distribution body afdec has slashed its market prediction for 2019 from an initial 8% to a more likely 1% to 3%. In Q1 sales drooped 1.3% compared to Q1 2018.