Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Europe’s Shameful Decade
The post 2000 decade was a Lost Decade for Europe’s semiconductor industry, Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons, told IFS2012 last week. “It’s been quite shameful,” he said.
“If the Big Three companies had stayed at the same market share that they had in 2000, they’d have had $86bn of revenues in the decade. And that ignores the extra effects of lost growth because they were growing quite nicely. They threw it all away and rewarded themselves with nice bonuses all round.”
The Big Three have been degraded to second tier players. “It’s been a decade of deliberate European IDM wealth destruction, bonuses all round, and thanks for the EU and public authority subsidies,” said Penn.Tags: decade, future horizons, market share, semiconductor industry, tier players