Distribution market ends 2013 on positive note

03 March 2014

The latest figures show that the European Semiconductor Distribution Market (DMASS) grew across all regions.

A healthy Q4 boosted the semiconductor distribution industry in Europe in 2013, providing an annual growth of 2.6%. According to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists), sales in Q4 2013 ended with an increase of 11.1% at 1.41billion Euro. The full calendar year 2013 ended at 5.87billion Euro total distribution sales.

(DMASS only reports industrial semiconductor sales, defined as all semiconductors, excluding the PC channel.)

Georg Steinberger, chairman of DMASS, said “After a disappointing and sluggish 2012, the return to normal growth came as a relief to the whole industry. Unfortunately, we experienced a further decline of average selling prices, as the over-proportional growth in volume confirms. On the positive side, very strong order books suggest that 2014 will be a healthy year (provided no major disasters occur).”

Taking the results by regions, during Q4 2013, Germany grew by 11.5% to 433million Euro, nearly 31% of DMASS total. Italian distribution sales increased by a surprising 14.1% (to 130million Euro); France grew even faster with 17.9% to 109million Euro; the UK trailed the major regions of Europe with an increase of 8% to 121million Euro. Eastern Europe grew by 13%, the Nordic countries by 11.6% and Israel by 21%. The only countries/regions with a negative trend were the Baltic States, Russia and Hungary. On an annual basis, the UK, Germany and Russia all ended negatively.

Detailing products by sector, programmable logic remained the weakest spot with 4.1% growth (to 117million Euro), followed by discretes (mainly RF) with 6.9% (to 72million Euro) and analogue with 9.8% (to 396million Euro). The only major product segment to suffer a slight decline was sensors down 2.2% in Q4, but achieving 7.5% growth at the year end. The highest growth rates in Q4 occurred at DRAMs (40.4%) 32bit-MCUs (35.7%) and NAND-Flash (33.9%), the lowest at EPROMs (-34.7%) and RF discretes (-8.1%).

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