Distribution increased its share of European semiconductor sales during 2001 even though the sector suffered a heavy fall in values.
Latest data compiled from reports covering 70% of the total European distribution semiconductor market show distribution sales for the full year 2001 were €5.1bn, down 15% year-on-year against a total market decline of more than 30%, according to the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS).
In the October-December quarter, the fall was acute for both total and distribution sales. Distribution's numbers were down 31% to €1.04bn, in line with the wider market.
DMASS says only one region, Austria and eastern Europe, saw distribution sales grow and then by only 1%. Germany, down 8%, held up comparatively well, but the UK, France, Benelux and Iberia all experienced declines of more than 20%.
In product areas, the main problem markets for distribution were flash and peripherals (both down 40%), microprocessors (down 37%), MOS memory (down 34%) and bipolar products (down 29%).
By contrast, optoelectronics, analogue components, microcontrollers, RF and power components all had more modest declines of between 2 and 8%. Programmable logic was down 11%.