Electronic Components Market Update

Daniella Baldock, JJS Manufacturing | 10-04-2018

Welcome to our latest electronic component market review.

Unfortunately, we still don't see an end in sight and some lead-times are being quoted with 2019 and even 2020 delivery dates!

If you are working with an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, it remains vital that you communicate and share forecast information with them. In addition, some of the advice we are receiving back from franchised distribution suggests original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may want to start looking at the option of fitting, or designing in, smaller components to their printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs).

Clearly, this isn't going to be a quick fix and there are cost, time and manufacturing challenges associated. However, as the design authority, this may be a direction OEMs now need to take to help 'future proof' their products. We wrote an article last month aimed at design and manufacturing engineers around this topic, which you might find of interest.

Here's an in-depth review of the electronic components marketplace as of October 2018.

Current Market Conditions

Key Capacity and Lead-time Issues

Pricing Uncertainty

Manufacturer Mergers

PCB Technology