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.
Electrocomponents has made a flying start to its new financial year year reporting continued double-digit revenue growth and improved profitability. In the first quarter like for like revenue growth was 10% driven by a 13% increase in revenues in the Americas and an 11% sales increase in RS Pro, the distributor’s own brand business.
Overcoming the supply shortages affecting numerous electronic components, German distributors reported continued growth during the first quarter of 2018. For the period January to March 2018, the distribution companies organised under the Fachverband Bauelemente Distribution (FBDi e.V.) reported sales of 978m Euros – up 7% compared with Q1/2017.
Electrocomponents Group has continued its progress under CEO Lindsley Ruth’s stewardship posting sparkling full-year figures and snapping up IESA, a UK-based provider of value-added outsourcing services to industrial customers for £88 million.
The European semiconductor industry continues to grow solidly in 2018. According to DMASS, semiconductor sales as reported by the members in Q1/2018 ended at a record 2.28bn Euro, 6.9% over Q1/CY17 and 13% above Q4/CY17.
UK & Ireland component distributors posted sales up 27% in March 2018 compared to February and 6% up year on year. According to Adam Fletcher, chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network, the Sales by Month “three month moving average” for all electronic components remains in-line with historical trends, suggesting continued growth into the first half of 2018.
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