23 Aug 2021 -

Softening of component sales having no impact on lead times – ECIA

Optimism regarding electronic component sales has tempered in the past few months, according to the ECIA and reported by EPSNews, although demand remains steadfastly high.

The economy, inflation and supply chain constraints have likely contributed to softening expectations, says EPS.

ECIA Chief economist, Dale Ford, wrote: “The overall component average sentiment index hit 157.7 in March 2021.  However, the following four months has seen a steady loss of month-to-month sales growth momentum.  By July 2021 the overall component index had dropped to 128.7 – a decline of 29 index points over four months.” However, it is important to remember that any score above 100 indicates growth expectations.

“Given the decreasing pressure on growth it would be expected that upward pressure on lead times might be reduced. Unfortunately, that is not the case,” said Ford.

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