Electronic Products & Technology

Renewed optimism amid electronics supply chain

ECIA’s COVID-19 survey shows improvements in general business metrics

June 26, 2020  EP&T Magazine

There appears to be a measure of optimism amongst members of the electronic components supply chain, according to the results of a survey conducted by the ECIA. 

Dale Ford, chief analyst with ECIA recently posted the latest survey results from ongoing research into what ECIA members are seeing and how they are responding as they manage the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the industry supply chain.

The most recent results from the survey, which ended on June 12th, show responses across a range of measures reflecting renewing optimism among supply chain participants. This was consistent with improvements seen in general business metrics. Just as employment numbers, retail sales data and stock market performance metrics are improving, the health of the supply chain and outlook for improvement is brightening. Certainly, the challenges of the pandemic remain and concerns regarding a “second wave” continue. In the face of these concerns, the results of the latest electronics components supply chain health survey should give industry participants reason for renewed hope.

Extended lead times fell significantly

“The survey presents a picture of renewed optimism as concern about impact on the supply chain and extended lead times fell significantly for all major component categories – passives, electro-mechanical and semiconductors,” says Ford. “This survey saw concerns about nearly every stage of the supply chain, including end-market demand, reduce substantially.”


The outlook for individual end-markets improved in every sector with the exception of medical electronics, which already presented the brightest future prospect. All of this has resulted in a major boost in confidence in order backlogs for every component category and every end market.

Projecting growth in medical electronics

The computer & data processing, telecom infrastructure and defense/aerospace markets saw the biggest jump in confidence in future growth. The most recent results show 74% of respondents projecting growth in medical electronics followed by 53% for computers & data processing and 40% for telecom infrastructure. Consumer electronics (including smartphones and tablets) saw a bipolar change with significant groups shifting from ‘No Change’ or ‘Don’t Know’ to both increasing and declining growth expectations. In consumer electronics, 31% now expect growth with 46% projecting a decline. The overall average for end market performance has 37% expecting growth and 42% predicting a decline.

To view the complete synopsis of this latest report, go to www.ecianow.org.


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