European semiconductor distribution tops 25% growth in Q2 2021, reports industry body

13 August 2021

DMASS_European semiconductor distribution tops 25% growth in Q2 2021, reports industry body
DMASS_European semiconductor distribution tops 25% growth in Q2 2021, reports industry body

Electronics industry body, DMASS (Distributors’ & Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists) reports +25.2% growth in European semiconductor revenues in Q2/2021. But severe shortages throughout the components range continue to limit growth, it warns.

The COVID-19 dent in the European semiconductor distribution market appears to be over, DMASS asserts. While Q1 was still negative, Q2/CY21 more than compensated for it, ending up with 25.2% growth to over 2.3 Billion Euro combined semiconductor distribution revenue of all DMASS members.  

Georg Steinberger, DMASS Chairman comments: “As indicated a few months ago, the dominating questions this summer are: where to source components to avoid production stops at customers and how long will the shortage last? In both cases the answers are pretty much open. Predictions on the shortage longevity range from anywhere between right after this summer to way beyond the summer of 2022. The unknown in that case is not production, as new capacities will not come online any time soon, but the more than fuzzy demand from the customer side. 2021 is probably safe from a sales perspective and will end up between 15% and 20%, but beyond that…

At a country or region level, the overall situation is extremely positive, with double-digit growth almost across the board, but the variations are quite significant. While Northern and Eastern Europe, the UK, Iberia, Benelux, Italy, Turkey and some smaller countries (aka Rest of Europe) grew between 28% and 77%, Germany ended up with 15.1% growth, France with 19.8%, Israel with 14.7% and Russia with 7.7%. Germany ended with +15.1% to 614 Million Euro, Italy with +30.4% to 212 Million Euro, the UK with 37.3% to 167 Million Euro, France with 19.8% to 149 Million Euro, Eastern Europe with 44.1% to 403 Million Euro and Nordic with 28.4% to 180 Million Euro.

Steinberger comments: “What is interesting to note is that especially France and Germany as the major EU countries have difficulties in keeping up with the average growth rate. What is also quite amazing is the fact that the UK does not seem to struggle at all with any Brexit ramifications, at least not in the components business. Not that I want to indicate anything here.

At a product group level, the development in Q2 has been almost entirely positive. If any areas seem to “struggle”, it would be analogue, MOS micro, programmable logic and other logic. In descending order, discretes grew by 58% to 139 Million Euro, memories by 49% to 214 Million Euro, power by 41.6% to 282 Million Euro, sensors by 37.9% to 66 Million Euro, opto by 33.2% to 222 Million Euro, analogue by 22.9% to 663 Million Euro and MOS micro by 19.9% to 463 Million Euro. Programmable logic on the other hand declined by 11.8% to 114 Million Euro and other logic by 4% to 109 Million Euro.

Steinberger continues: “What we are seeing at the product level is most probably an effect of the shortage that seems to have had a bigger impact on the major product groups of analogue and MOS micro. The same might be true for other logic. Beyond that, it is really dependent on the mix of manufacturers and their specific delivery situation in the various product areas.

While 2021 looks like being pretty much in the bag, the jury is still out on how long the shortage may last. The much bigger game going on here is the perception that semiconductors are the ‘new oil’ and governments need to get involved to secure access to leading-edge technology, which, if it happens, will have long-term effects on the entire semiconductor food chain and pricing. Government intervention always has a price tag that customers have to pay at the end.

DMASS reports to members only statistics on interconnects, passive components, electromechanical components and power supplies (IPE).

DMASS, a European non-profit organisation, is the only industry body that collates detailed semiconductor distribution market data on a quarterly basis by country and product groups such as microcontrollers, flash memories, analogue components and many more. DMASS figures are collected and consolidated by Data Dynamics Ltd.

Founded in 1989, DMASS provides its members with a reliable statistical tool to evaluate their relative mass-market performance. The organisation consists of 35 active members in 2021 and represents between 80% and 85% of the total European distribution market (DTAM or distributor total available/addressable market), depending on the regions. To continuously increase its European market coverage, DMASS welcomes new membership applications from distributors and semiconductor manufacturers.

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