Wednesday, 29 May 2013

European Semiconductor Market Shows Signs of Recovery

The Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS), have released figures showing a 16% increase in semiconductor sales for the first quarter of 2013.

Although this quarter ended 5% lower than the same quarter last year, things are looking promising with sales reaching 1.48 Billion Euro. Chairman of DMASS, George Steinberger,  argued that although the market still shows signs of risk, particularly through price pressure and production shifts, the booking situation has slightly improved, meaning that another year of decline looks unlikely. He claims that the worst is obviously now behind us.

Regional growth/decline is quite varied, with a 1% growth in the Nordic and Eastern Region and a decline of over 9% in Germany. The UK market however, was down by 3% at 123 Million Euro in Q1.

Product wise, Programmable Logic declined by -11.3%, while Optoelectronic Devices grew by 2.3%. Analog products, the biggest segment decreased by -2.8% and also MOS Micro saw a decline of -6.9%. Sensors grew by nearly 13% and Other Logic (mainly ASSPs) remained flat.

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