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10/2021 Electronic Component Market Review

It should come as no surprise that global supply chain problems are continuing, and ever escalating. Not only is the world still working through COVID related difficulties but China has a shortage of Electricity and Hong Kong has been battered by Typhoons which forced stock market trading to be suspended.

Panic buying is continuing in the consumer market with iPhones, PlayStations and sought-after Christmas gifts all in short supply. China’s energy supply crisis is threatening production, with electricity being rationed and coal pricing increasing. Power outages and further restrictions of supply are envisaged over the coming winter period.

Capacity and lead-time issues

  • Vishay’s CRCW series of resistors are on allocation

  • 60% of Analog Device’s catalogue of products are on 39 weeks lead-time, or more

  • Taiyo Yuden has put capacitors on allocation

  • TI lead-times are still lengthy with no improvements seen or forecast for the next quarter

  • Infineon has half of its product range on allocation

  • Lead-times are increasing for Semiconductor manufacturers including Diodes Inc, Vishay, ST Micro and Xilinx

  • Delta are reportedly seeing a sharp increase in lead-times

  • Siemen’s lead-times are extending due to bottlenecks throughout the supply chain, recovery is not expected for 6 months

  • All wireless devices are increasing in lead-time due to increased demand

  • Epson timing devices are showing an upward trend in their lead-times

  • Panasonic batteries are in short supply

  • Xilinx Spart6 range is severely constrained

Manufacturer Mergers/Acquisitions

  • Nvidia's $54 billion bid for British chip designer ARM is expected to face an extended EU antitrust investigation after concessions offered last week failed to address competition concerns

PCB Technology

  • The global printed circuit board market is reportedly expected to grow by $4b – mainly due to businesses returning to pre-COVID output levels and also the increase in the EV and 5G market

  • Freight from the Far East is still challenging, with seaports congested and air freight costs increasing, and peak season surcharges being imposed

  • Chinese New Year will celebrate the year of the Tiger, with New Year falling on 1st February 2022. Please ensure you plan ahead as capacity is constrained and plants are working short weeks due to electricity rationing

  • Factories will be on shutdown for one week either side of Chinese New Year; expect closure between 24th January and 7th February in the Far East

Pricing Uncertainty

  • All market sectors are suffering from constrained supply, with most commodities and raw materials facing price hikes. Electrical product is being hit hard with price increases this quarter

  • ST Micro are applying 10%-20% increase from 1st November

  • Siemens product will be subject to new pricing from 1st November

  • Microchip price increased on average of 15% on 1st September

  • Brady product saw a 4.5% cost increase on average

  • Littelfuse applied a portfolio increase on 1st September

  • Wago implemented an 8% rise

  • Harting product averaged a 10%

Global Economy

  • Oil pricing is still steadily climbing and is $83.18 per barrel at time of writing

  • Gold has remained relatively stable, trading at £1,312.88 per ounce on 14th October

  • Silver pricing has fallen again from the high earlier this year and today, is £17.06 per ounce

  • Copper pricing has shown signs of declining. At time of writing, pricing is $9,961 per tonne on the LMEץ

  • Steel rebar has fluctuated a little, but this quarter is still trading at a similar price to July - $734 per tonne.

There's no doubt market conditions are challenging at the moment, but OEMs can still put their companies in a position to succeed by staying informed and planning ahead.


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