Electronics output posted a modest increase of 0.7% in 2016 growth in control and instrumentation and communications and radar helping offset declining output across the computing, medical, industrial and telecommunication segments. Component production also increased during the year with increased semiconductor output offsetting falling production of both passive and other components.
Based on preliminary data output accelerated in 2017 to 2.5% a further decline in the computer segment offsetting growth across the majority of the industry. Output is expected to ease in 2018 on the back of uncertainties surrounding “Brexit”. The computer segment accounted for 6.1% of the total in 2016, production posting a double-digit decline and followed two years of consecutive growth. Output declined by an estimated 5.0% in 2017 a trend which is forecast to continue over the period to 2021. Communication and radar, which includes defence related products, accounted for 31.1% of electronics output in 2016 production increasing by 1.7% during the year, the first rise since 2010.
Production of radar and navigation equipment accounted for 10.0% of total electronics output in 2016. The production of telecommunications equipment, which had increased by 3.0% in 2015, declined by 5.5% in 2016 and although output posted a modest growth in 2017 it is expected to edge down in both 2018 and 2019 before stabilising. After several years of declining output, the importance of telecommunications production within the UK electronics industry has diminished and by 2021 its share is expected to have fallen to 1.7% down from 10% in 2000. Component output accounted for 18.0% of the total in 2016.
The production of discrete semiconductors increased by 15.1% and ICs by 2.3% in 2016 with output forecast to increase again in 2017 and 2018 as companies look to increase output to offset the shortage of components currently impacting the industry.
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