WSTS (World Semiconductor Trade Statistics) have reported ‘remarkably positive’ European growth rates towards the end of 2011 for a number of the main semiconductor product categories.
European semiconductor sales have increased by 3.2% compared to the same period in 2010, on a year-to-date scale.
Specifically, September saw an increase in the sales of sensors and actuators by 3.6%. MOS memory also grew notably by 3.8% in total.
On a global scale, semiconductor sales in September stood at $25.76 billion. This represents an increase of 2.7% from August.
These results come just months after excessive inventory actually played a big part in serving as a real boost for the global semiconductor industry in the first quarter of this year.
The level of inventory helped to alleviate the damage done by the Japanese earthquake which hit the country, and the electronics industry, so hard in February of this year.
The shortage of basic components such as semiconductors was not nearly as bad as it could have been.
The statistics show that the days of inventory (DOI) among chip suppliers stood at an estimated 80.3 days at the end of the first quarter in 2011. This was up by 1.1% from the 79.4 days in the final quarter of 2010, and it was also an increase of 9.1 days from the same period in 2010.
In total, this represented a 2 year high and just goes to show that excessive inventory is not always a negative thing necessarily.
Challenger Components also work with a number of established brands such as Nicomatic, ebm-papst and 3M interconnect. All of these companies have proud reputations for producing a range of high quality goods to the electronics sector.