Industrial semiconductor revenues down 10.8% in 2012

Sales of industrial semiconductors through European distribution channels reached €5.8billion in 2012, a 10.8% decline compared to 2011, according to the latest report from DMASS, the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists.

DMASS chairman Georg Steinberger said: "Apart from some high growth areas or commodity related products, the decline of sales was across the board and most probably due to general market weakness, full inventories and price pressure." While demand dropped in Western Europe – sales in Germany, for example, were 16.2% lower in 2012 at €1.85bn – Eastern Europe (including Russia) saw an 8% growth in revenues to €834million, a market share of 16%. Sales of industrial semiconductors in the UK declined by 8.8% to €486m. In terms of product groups, discretes, power, mos micros and standard logic saw the largest decline in revenues – up to 20% – while opto, analogue, memories and programmable logic saw sales drop by less than 10%. Demand was highest for power, analogue, mos micro and programmable logic products.