European Semiconductor Distribution Market (DMASS) Shows solid growth for Q2/CY14

Q2/CY14 increased 5.3% over Q2/CY13. Germany sticks out with 11% growth. Discretes & Opto show highest increases.

London, August 18, 2014The European semiconductor distribution industry continues on its growth path.  According to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists) semiconductor distribution sales in Q2/CY14 grew by 5.3% to 1.6 Billion Euro. Except for France, Benelux, Nordic and Switzerland, all the major regions increased.

Georg Steinberger, chairman of DMASS, commented: “Our market seems to have reached a solid growth level in the 5+% 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. For DMASS in total, the first half of CY14 ended at 6.6% growth, to 3.2 Billion Euro. We are pretty certain that the full year will end positive.”

Regionally, Germany and Eastern Europe led the growth with 11% and 10.2% respectively. German sales climbed to 514 Million Euro, Eastern Europe (excl. Russia) to 183 Million Euro. While the UK added a solid 7.3% to 131 Million Euro, Italy grew by 3.7% to 161 Million. France on the other hand declined by 2.6% to 122 Million Euro, while the Nordic region with 141 Million Euro sales lost 8.7% over Q2/CY13.

Georg 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.”

Product-wise, Optoelectronics grew over-proportionally (13.5% to 164 Million Euro), driven by LEDs, as did Discrete components (13.6% to 89 Million Euro). Power grew by 8.2% to 162 Million Euro, Analog components by 9.5% to 472 Million Euro and MOS Micro by 6.4% to 336 Million Euro. Behind the curve remained Memories with -1.8% to 122 Million Euro and Programmable Logic with -6.9% to 118 Million Euro.

Georg Steinberger: “We observe for some time now clear growth spots like High-end-MCUs, High-end Analog and LEDs, while other mainstream technologies – former shooting stars like Programmable Logic, Other Logic, DSPs or Memories seem to go through a weak period; arguably, an interesting development that has to be watched more closely.”


DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists), a European non-profit organisation, is the only industry body that collates detailed semiconductor distribution market data on a quarterly basis by country and product groups such as microcontrollers, flash memories, analog components and many more. DMASS figures are collected and consolidated by Data Dynamics Ltd.

DMASS, founded in 1989, provides its members with a reliable statistical tool to evaluate their relative mass-market performance. The organisation currently consists of 35 active members and represents between 80% and 85% of the total European distribution market, depending on the regions. To continuously increase its European market coverage, DMASS welcomes new membership applications from distributors and semiconductor manufacturers.