UK benefits from stronger chip sales through distribution

Semiconductor sales through distribution channels in Europe grew by 5.3% to €1.6bn in the second quarter to the end of June, according to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists).


Georg Steinberger, chairman of DMASS

The UK semiconductor distribution market grew by 7.3% to €131m.

Only Germany and Eastern Europe grew faster than the UK with 11% and 10.2% respectively. Q2 sales in German were €514m.

 “Our market seems to have reached a solid growth level in the 5% plus range. Particularly encouraging was the fact that Germany, after a few weak quarters, is back on track and brought in a very healthy 11% increase over CY13,” said Georg Steinberger, chairman of DMASS.

The wider trend is also positive with the first six months of the year 6.6% up on the first half in 2013.

Except for France, Benelux, Nordic and Switzerland, all the major markets grew.

France saw sales slip by 2.6% to €122m, while distribution sales in the Nordic region were down 8.7% in Q2.

Steinberger: “Nordic and Benelux were certainly the weak spots last quarter while Germany regained some of its old strength. Over the course of 6 months, the picture has stabilised somewhat, but some risks remain: France develops below average, Benelux, too, and we do not know yet the impact of the sanctions against Russia in our market, although Russia only contributes 4% to the DMASS Total.”

Component categories with the healthiest growth were LEDs/optoelectronics (13.5%) and discrete components (13.6%).


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