European Semiconductor Distribution Market (DMASS)

Reports Lower Summer Quarter

Growth rate for semiconductor distribution slips into negative during summer. Technical effects. Israel, Eastern Europe and Benelux surprisingly strong. Analog remains stable stronghold.

London, November 11, 2016 – Technical reasons caused a slight decline of sales for the European semiconductor industry in Q3/CY16. According to DMASS Ltd., the summer quarter ended with 1.81 Billion Euro in sales, a decline of 0.9%, mainly due to different quarter-end reporting by some members.

Georg Steinberger, chairman of DMASS: “Without the technical effect of different quarter-end dates for some DMASS members (last year’s fiscal Q3 had 1 week more), Q3/CY16 would have been positive, in a similar ballpark as Q2CY16. In other words, 2016 proves quite stable and resilient, compared to record 2015, which was highly influenced by currency effects, and considering the overall economy in Europe, which is not really set to spark a lot of growth fantasies.”

From a regional perspective, the good news happened outside the major Economies. While Israel and some other smaller countries grew by double digits and Eastern Europe in general continued to grow, UK, Germany, France and the Nordic countries went down. The UK suffered significant currency effects and a lacklustre market, and declined by 10.5% to 135 Million Euro although the market was largely flat in local currency. Germany dropped by 4.4% to 570 Million Euro, France went down slightly by 1.4% to 124 Million Euro and Nordic declined by 4% to 154 Million Euro. Surprisingly, Italy grew by 0.1% to 154 Million Euro; not surprisingly, Eastern Europe went up 5.7% to 260 Million Euro.

Georg Steinberger: “The aforementioned technical effect may also cause some distortion here, however the trends remain stable: UK is in Brexit trouble, France and Germany experience summer season combined with little inspiration from the overall market, Nordic has its mix of production transfer and summer slowdown. What remains is an unusually strong South (Italy and Iberia) and more low-cost-production driven growth in many Eastern European countries. Overall, the market is slow but not bad and 2016 heads towards a single-digit growth of around 3%.”

In the products groups reported by DMASS, the only major ones with positive news were Analog and MOS Micro. Opto stagnated, Discrete, Power and Memories declined within the expected range. Considerably weak were Programmable Logic and Other Logic. In detail, Analog grew by 1.5% to 548 Million Euro, MOS Micro by 0.8% to 390 Million Euro, Opto by 0.2% to 184 Million Euro. Power lost 2% to 171 Million Euro, Memory 4% to 144 Million Euro, Discrete 4.4% to 91 Million Euro, Other Logic 6.1% to 90 Million Euro and Programmable Logic 7.8% to 122 Million Euro.

Georg Steinberger: “Same as last quarter, some special effects influence some distributors in certain product areas, like RF, Programmable Logic and Other Logic (business taken direct by manufacturers). However, on the positive side, there are product areas, which are really promising, like high-end Microcontrollers, some higher end Analog products and sensors, all of which are key components to the quickly developing IoT market.”

DMASS Ltd. reports to members only a new statistics on Passive Components, Electromechanical Components and Power Supplies.


DMASS, 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.