European semiconductor distribution sales jump to new records, despite ongoing chip shortages

08 November 2021

DMASS Quarterly European all components Revenues_Q3 2021
DMASS Quarterly European all components Revenues_Q3 2021

Electronics industry body, DMASS (Distributors’ & Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists) reports a whopping 31.8% growth in semiconductors in Q3 – as well as +44.7% in interconnect, passive & electromechanical components. However, component shortages remain the biggest problem for entire industry.

The European components distribution market is off to a record year. The slow start into 2021 has been completely replaced by a double-digit rally in both semiconductors and IP&E (interconnect, passive & electromechanical) components. Q3 distribution revenue in semiconductors, as reported by DMASS members, grew by 31.8% to 2.46 Billion Euro; IP&E distribution sales by 44.7% to 1.13 Billion Euro. Combined, DMASS members reported 35.6% growth to 3.6 Billion Euro for the period. Through its membership, DMASS claims coverage of close to 80% of European Components DTAM.

Herman Reiter, newly appointed Chairman of DMASS comments: “The shortage of components across the board still defines the current market situation. While we seem to enjoy healthy growth at the moment, the pressure is on all market participants to find solutions and avoid further disruptions. When the situation will change is not clear, but we hope that 2022 will bring some relief. It is apparent that the shortage leaves its impact in the overall economic outlook across European industries.


DMASS Quarterly European Semiconductor Revenues_Q3 2021
DMASS Quarterly European Semiconductor Revenues_Q3 2021

The spread of growth rates in the semiconductor distribution in Q3 ranged from -29% to 112% (both values not representative of the market but more of structural changes). Major countries and regions nevertheless showed quite a deviation, too: Germany grew by 25% to 672 Million Euro; Eastern Europe by 28.7% to 430 Million Euro; Italy by a staggering 54% to 219 Million Euro; Nordic by 44.8% to 203 Million Euro; the UK by 40% to 167 Million Euro; and France by 36.4% to 152 Million Euro.

At a product and product group level, analogue and MOS micro as the major product groups trailed the overall market growth, while discrete, power, sensors, opto and memories grew (way above average). Analogue products grew by 24.4% to 689 Million Euro; MOS micro by 25.8% to 484 Million Euro; power by 38% to 291 Million Euro; memories by 54.4% to 241 Million Euro; opto by 34.6% to 237 Million Euro; discretes by 57.4% to 149 Million Euro; programmable logic by 35.1% to 145 Million Euro; and other logic “only” by 11.7% to 122 Million Euro. Semiconductor sensors grew by 39.6% to 72 Million Euro; and standard logic by 35.8% to 34 Million Euro.

Interconnect, passive & electromechanical components:

DMASS Quarterly European IP&E Revenues_Q3 2021
DMASS Quarterly European IP&E Revenues_Q3 2021

Starting to report to members only since 2014, DMASS for the first time reports official data on the interconnect, passive & electromechanical components distribution market. Sales of DMASS IPE members grew in Q3//CY21 by 44.7% to 1.13 Billion Euro. The regional split is comparable to the semiconductor market, with Germany and Eastern Europe being the biggest regional markets, followed by the Italy, the UK, France and Nordic. At the product level, passives (539 Million Euro) and electromechanical products (530 Million Euro) grew at a comparable pace of 45% and 46% respectively, and represent similar market sizes. Power supplies (roughly 6% of the IPE market) grew by 35% to 65 Million Euro.

DMASS Chairman, Hermann Reiter concludes: “It is amazing how, in times of shortage, many product areas show similar high growth rates, while in normal times, the spread is quite huge. It is also rare to see IPE products outgrow the semiconductor side by such an extent. For 2021, we are optimistic to come close or exceed the 20% mark for year-on-year growth of all components; 2022 may tell a different story. We would hope that by mid-2022, we will see some relief on the supply side and the supply chain. Long-term, for the first time since the 80s, our industry sees huge geopolitical inflection marks, where availability and access to technology may drive the development – rather than the actual end market demand.

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