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© begemot 30 dreamstime.com Analysis | June 02, 2015

German Component Distribution: Slightly Positive Start to 2015

According to FBDi association the German component distribution market has grown by 3.4% in Q1/2015; stable order situation.
Germany’s component distribution has started the year 2015 with slight growth. The turnover of the FBDi member companies in Germany increased by 3.4% to 783 million Euro. Regarding orders FBDi showed an increase of almost 2% to 792 million Euro. As a result, the growth in Germany was significantly below the European average, which had already reached double figures in the first quarter.

FBDi explains the divergent trends by the fact that, outside Germany, many of the distributors are invoicing their customers in US dollars or other currencies, which have all made double-digit gains over the year, compared to the Euro.

Georg Steinberger, FBDi Chairman of the board, says: "The decline of the euro against the US dollar or British pound amounted to almost 20% during one year. In Germany or Italy, where the major part of the business is conducted, the growth rates were fairly normal, whereas Scandinavia, France and Eastern Europe have achieved a high double-digit growth rate. Business is usually based on the US dollar in these areas. Additionally, we’re currently seeing significant price increases from a broad range of component manufacturers due to the exchange rate fluctuations."

Concerning the technologies, the shifts are marginal. Semiconductors are again showing above-average growth of 6.1% to 554 million Euro, which corresponds to a share of nearly 70% of the total market. Passive components shrunk by 3.4% to 110 million Euro, representing a share of 14%. The electromechanical sector shows a similar picture, having declined by 3.7% to nearly 80 million Euro and a share of 10%. Displays have lost 6.9% to around 21 million Euro, nearly 3% of the market; whereas power supplies (batteries, accumulators, converters) have grown by 23% to 19 million Euro (2.5% share of the total market).

Georg Steinberger adds: "After a very successful year in 2014, the first quarter of this year was rather subdued. Semiconductors have developed normally in view of the currency situation, but it is hard to understand why passives have weakened after the positive development in 2014. Electromechanical components and displays have continued the rather weak trend of 2014."

Steinberger expects a mixed picture in 2015: "The exchange rate fluctuations are likely to balance out during the year. Also, the economic situation in Europe is not too bad - Central, Northern and Western Europe are stable, Eastern Europe continues to grow, and the South (Spain and Italy) is stabilizing. In fact, things wouldn’t look so bad if we didn’t have the ongoing crisis in Greece and weak growth in China, one of our most important export markets. However, we’re expecting stable single-digit growth in 2015."

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