Electronics Industry in Germany

Electronics Industry in Germany

RER, Date of Publication: Jun 18, 2019

The Germany Electronics Industry Report provides essential market intelligence for all sizes of company from small enterprises to major global groups and for financial/management consultancies, government agencies and academia requiring a reliable overview of the electronics industry in Germany.

In 2017, electronics production rose by 4.8% a significant improvement on the prior year’s level of only 0.1% but is estimated to have eased to 0.2% in 2018 and is forecast to move into negative territory in 2019 declining by 1.7% as demand in key export markets weaken further. Germany’s electronics industry is dominated by industrial electronics and in particular control and instrumentation. After posting growth of 6.9% in 2017 output, based on data for the first three quarters of the year, control and instrumentation is forecast to increase by 1.5% in 2018 and then decline by 0.5% in 2019 as demand in key export markets deteriorates further. Medical electronics output declined for the third consecutive year in 2018 a trend which is expected to continue in 2019. Output is expected to recover in 2020 and then gradually accelerate over the period to 2022. In the medium to longer-term growth could, however be impacted as companies look to relocate manufacturing to be closer to the key emerging growth markets.

'The production of radio communications equipment (including defence) increased by 0.9% in 2017 and based on official figures for the first three quarters of 2018 post growth of 2.0% for the year as a whole. Production is expected ease in 2019, output forecast to increase by 1.8%. After two years of growth in 2015 and 2016 the output of telecommunications equipment declined sharply in 2017, by 8.8% and is estimated to have fallen by a further 4.0% in 2018 and is forecast to decline by 3.0% in 2019. Although the output of computer equipment increased by 3.6% in 2017 and a more modest 0.8% in 2018 the announcement by Fujitsu in the final quarter of 2018 that it planned to close the remaining volume production plant in Germany by 2020 is expected to lead to double-digit declines in both 2019 and 2020. Components accounted for 26.1% of electronics output in 2018. The production of active components declined by 3.8% in 2018 and compared to growth of 3.9% in the prior year. The fall in production was primarily the result of lower output for photocells, other discrete semiconductors and piezoelectric components. A slowdown in the production in ICs, growth eased to 0.8% in 2018 from 7.5% in 2017, also was a major factor. In 2019, production of active components is forecast to decline by 2.1% in line with slowing end demand and a generally weaker semiconductor market.

Germany’s focus on Industry 4.0 in particular, is expected to support growth in the communications equipment both fixed and wireless, over the period to 2021. Computer production declined by 21.3% in 2015 and by a further 3.9% in 2016. Based on official production figures for the first three quarters of the year computer output is forecast to increase by 2.0% in 2017 and by a further 1.8% in 2018. However, the long-term trend is for output to steadily edge down over the period to 2021.

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Electronics Industry in Germany

Economic Overview
Industry Structure
Market Data and Forecasts 2016-2022
Production Data 2016-2019
Methodologies/Guide to Statistics

Product Coverage
Office Equipment
Control & Instrumentation
Medical & Industrial
Radio Communications
Active Components
Passive Components
Other Components

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Date of Publication:
Jun 18, 2019
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