DRAM Demand Returns; Q3 Global Sales Up 4%

Demand-side inventory for DRAM in 2H19 has returned to relatively healthy levels, according to the DRAMeXchange research division of TrendForce. Furthermore, some vendors pulled their quarterly product shipment forward to avoid potential negative impacts from Trump’s impending tariffs; this shift skyrocketed DRAM suppliers’ sales bits in 3Q19, driving total DRAM revenue up by 4 percent…

MCU Sales to Reach Record Highs Through 2022

The market for microcontrollers (MCUs) —the IC industry’s original system-on-chip (SoC) product category—is expected to continue hitting record-high annual revenues through 2022 after worldwide sales dropped 6 percent in 2016 because of a slowdown in MCU unit shipments. After drawing down MCU inventories in 2016, systems manufacturers stepped up purchases of microcontrollers in 2017 with unit…

Electrocomponents FY 2018 Sales up 12.8%

Strong results and new initiatives to drive future growth and profitability Highlights 2018 2017 Change  Like-for-like change1 Revenue £1,705.3m £1,511.7m 12.8% 12.8% Adjusted2 operating profit £177.1m £133.2m 33.0% 28.1% Adjusted2 operating profit margin 10.4% 8.8% 1.6 pts 1.4 pts Adjusted2 profit before tax3 £173.1m £128.0m 35.2% 30.0% Adjusted2 earnings per share 28.4p 21.0p 35.2% 29.7% Adjusted2 free cash flow £105.1m…

Purchasing Execs on 2018: ‘Steady as She Grows’

Even as a pro-business tax reform bill awaits its fate, U.S. manufacturers are investing toward growth. Capital expenditures by U.S. factories outpaced expectations in 2017 and will increase further next year. U.S. manufacturers experienced 11 straight months of growth from January through November, driving the nation’s 2017 purchasing index to 57.4 percent from 51.5 last year.…

Purchasing Execs Bullish on 2017

Purchasing and supply management executives expect they’ll be buying more from their suppliers next year as the U.S. economy continues the recovery that began in 2009. More than two-thirds – 67 percent — of manufacturing respondents to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Semiannual Economic Forecast expect their 2017 revenue will exceed 2016’s. The ISM’s…