ecsn Chairman’s viewpoint: Year of the pandemic – and looking ahead to 2021…

Author : Adam Fletcher | Chairman | ecsn

02 January 2021

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After a tough year, dominated by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) members have been burning the midnight oil as they collaborate in their annual efforts to reach a consensus on what the year ahead holds for their industry.

The full version of this viewpoint was originally featured in EPDT's H1 2021 Electronics Distribution supplement, included in the January 2021 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

According to ecsn chairman, Adam Fletcher, compiling the association’s annual forecast for the UK & Ireland electronic components market is always an ‘interesting’ process – and in the middle of a pandemic, it has proved to be even more challenging than in ‘normal’ years: “There really isn’t any such thing as a ‘normal’ market today – change is the only constant,” Fletcher said. The process did however flag up the spectre of electronic components shortages in the second half of 2021. Here, Fletcher shares his thoughts on why this might happen – and how UK organisations could mitigate its effects…

The full piece covers the following topics:
•    UK & European components market to Q3 2020…
•    Demand patterns in global electronic components markets…
•    Tightening foundry capacity…
•    Components lead times extending…
•    Ongoing trade disputes…
•    Impacts on the UK Electronic Components Supply Network…
•    ecsn Member provisional 2021 forecast for UK components markets
•    Heading for a perfect storm?…
•    Keeping the show on the road…

Read the full article in EPDT's January 2021 issue...


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