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Europe demand for semis continues to increase

The European semiconductor industry has reported sales of more than €2billion for the third quarter in a row, according to DMASS. In its latest report, the distribution association notes that sales of semiconductors in Q3 2017 were €2.16bn, 19% more than in the corresponding quarter of 2016.

For the first nine months of 2017, DMASS says its members saw sales rise by 15.6% on a year to year basis to €6.48bn, adding that its members represent 80 to 85% of European semiconductor revenues.

DMASS chair Georg Steinberger noted: “The success story, at least on the sales side, continues. It seems that in 2017, the dynamics of growth across the board are unbroken and we are certainly in for a record year. Newer designs, in fields like IoT or e-mobility, will see higher component content, so the future looks rather positive from a sales and volume perspective.”

Growth is being seen in all product segments. For example, application specific, power discretes, memories, discrete components, and optoelectronics all saw demand growing above average. Analogue and MOS micro sales were said to match the average, while sales of programmable logic, standard logic and sensors were slower. Analogue component sales grew by 18.5% to €654million, while programmable Logic revenues were 13% up at €138m.

Sales in Germany grew by 19.7% to €681m, while those in the UK and Ireland grew by ‘only’ 12.8% to €151m. Steinberger concluded: “We do not see big changes in regional trends compared to previous quarters, except for the fact that Germany seems to have bounced back nicely after a slower start to the year than other areas in Europe.”

Graham Pitcher

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