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The European semiconductor distribution industry reported for the 3rd quarter 2006 (July – September) a growth of more than 20% and results of 1,34 billion Euro, according to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists). Consolidated distribution sales of the DMASS members grew 18,9% to 4,1 billion Euro.
Regionally, in the 3rd quarter Germany not only dominated the growth picture but for the first time in DMASS history (since 1989) reported higher sales than Italy, UK and France combined. On a year/year basis, Germany grew by 24.6% to 434 million Euro, Italy by 20.5% to 159 million Euro, UK by 10,6% to 154 million Euro and France by 12,6 to 118 million Euro. Among the smaller regions, Russia (+51%), Czech Republic (+45%), Denmark (+37%) and Poland (+36%) grew fastest. Also, as an interesting first in DMASS records, last quarter Austria & Eastern Europe as a region topped France and caught up with the Nordic region (Scandinavia) in absolute revenues.
Product-wise, again the major product groups Analog and MOS Micro took the lead in driving Q3 sales, this time with reversed roles: MOS Micro grew by 26,3%, Analog by 24,8%. Among those, DSPs (+49%), Microperipherals (+33%), Standard Analog (+28%) and MCUs (+25%) dominated the growth while MPUs only increased by 8,6%. Of the other product groups, Power grew by 22%, Memories by 20%, Optoelectronics and DMASS Press Release Q3-06 2 Programmable Logic by 14% each. The single highest growth was recorded for DSPs (+49%), the lowest for EPROMs (-24%).
DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists), is a European non-profit organisation, that collates detailed semiconductor distribution market data on a quarterly basis by country and product groups. DMASS, founded in 1989, consists of 30 active members and represents between 70% and 80% of the total European distribution market, depending on the regions.