Strong demand & allocation continue to drive European semiconductor distribution in Q1 2022

06 May 2022

DMASS_Q1 2022_European revenues_all components
DMASS_Q1 2022_European revenues_all components

Electronics industry trade body, DMASS (Distributors’ & Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists) reports first quarter 2022 growth of 43.5% in semiconductors & 35.7% in interconnect, passive & electromechanical components. Shortages continue, but order situation becomes lighter. Ukraine war impact limited so far, but poses a risk for near-term future.

On the back of a strong 2021, a huge order book and ongoing shortages in key components, European components distribution again reported significant growth in its first calendar year quarter. According to DMASS, semiconductor sales, as reported by members, grew by 43.5% to a new record 3.13 Billion Euro. IP&E (interconnect, passive & electromechanical) components grew by an equally impressive 35.7% to 1.62 Billion Euro. In total, the market grew by 40.8% to 4.75 Billion Euro.  

Hermann Reiter, Chairman of DMASS commented: “First of all, let us welcome a group of new members from the manufacturing and distribution side of the business, who bring our membership to nearly 40 leading companies, representing well over 80% of total European components distribution. In the course of 33 years of existence, DMASS Ltd. has grown continuously in representation and recognition for its great market coverage.

In terms of last quarter’s results, Reiter stated: “A combined growth of 40% across all components is outstanding, but at the same time a clear sign of unprecedented times. The challenges of a post-COVID recovery are now accompanied by the uncertainties of the Russian war against Ukraine – and its ramifications for the entire planet. The human catastrophe of this war dwarfs every other concern, may it be unclear market expectations or supply chain disruptions. We hope that a just peace will be achieved soon.


From a regional view, DMASS reported a similar picture on semiconductor growth as in the last quarter, a huge spread and an astounding strength of the major countries. Germany, for example, grew by 45.4% to 867 Million Euro; Italy by 45.6% to 310 Million Euro; the UK by 47.8% to 213 Million Euro; France by a staggering 54.8% to 210 Million Euro; Eastern Europe “only” by 34.5% to 540 Million Euro; and the Nordic countries by 46% to 240 Million Euro.

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DMASS_Q1 2022_European revenues_semiconductors

At product and product group level, the situation was a bit more diverse. While memories and other logic (ASSPs, or application-specific standard product, and so on) grew significantly over-proportionally, and MOS micro slightly faster than average, most other product groups grew below average, although still in the 20s and 30s. Analogue, for example, grew by 42% to 886 Million Euro; MOS micro by 44.8% to 621 Million Euro; power by 36.5% to 375 Million Euro; memories by 71.8% to 328 Million Euro; opto by 26.1% to 260 Million Euro; other logic by 64.7% to 172 Million Euro, overtaking programmable logic (33.5% to 165 Million Euro). Finally, discretes went up 41.9% to 188 Million Euro; and sensors (including actuators) by 34.9% to 88 Million Euro.

Interconnect, passive & electromechanical components:

Interconnect, passive & electromechanical components (IP&E) components again showed parallels to semis, but total sales “only” grew in the 30s. Last quarter’s 1.62 Billion Euro of total sales split as follows: Germany grew by 39.5% to 418 Million Euro; Italy by 40.5% to 191 Million Euro; the UK by 31.4% to 147 Million; France by 31.9% to 143 Million Euro; and Eastern Europe by 30.5% to 207 Million Euro.

On the product side, passives grew by 36.4% to 670 Million Euro; electromechanical products (including connectors) by 34.6% to 852 Million Euro; and power supplies by 40.4% to 93 Million Euro.

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DMASS_Q1 2022_European revenues_IP&E

Chairman, Hermann Reiter concludes: “We can certainly be very satisfied with the financial results in the first quarter, although some of the growth is exchange rate as well as price-driven. However, we are definitely not happy with the continuing difficult supply situation, where we cannot serve customers in the way we want. While we all hope that the situation gets better towards the end of the summer, the current uncertainties make any prediction impossible. The terrible war continues, economic growth expectations have been cut across the board, supply chains are disrupted by lockdowns in Asia, inflation is rising, energy supply is becoming unaffordable and customer confidence is sinking. We can only hope that this is all 2022 has in store for us. In the long run, we are convinced that technology will still make a huge difference to the world, and distribution will be the way to go.


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

DMASS, founded in 1989, provides its members with a reliable statistical tool to evaluate their relative mass-market performance. The organisation consists of nearly 40 active members in 2022 and represents between 80% and 85% of the total European distribution market, depending on the regions. To continuously increase its European market coverage, DMASS welcomes new membership applications from distributors and electronic components manufacturers.

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