Electronics group releases COVID-19 survey results

Results from the sixth survey conducted by the Electronic Components Industry Association show a growing sense of concern for supply-chain impacts and end-market destruction.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) April 28, 2020

The sixth survey from the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) regarding their response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic was released. This crisis has reached every corner of the world and significantly disrupted markets and supply chains in every country (see figure).

The extreme uncertainty and volatility associated with this crisis has created a need for visibility on how it is impacting the electronic components industry and the supply chain. ECIA began conducting surveys of member manufacturing and distributor companies at the start of February to gain an understanding of this situation. ECIA has published survey results on a bi-weekly basis.

This survey was conducted between April 13th-20th. Between the most recent survey and the previous survey, which ended April 6th, the number of confirmed cases worldwide has grown by over 1.1 million people and deaths due to COVID-19 nearly doubled. Pressure to start easing quarantine orders is growing as a staggering number of workers have lost their jobs and unemployment claims have smashed records as the economic impact of the pandemic sweeps around the world.

The survey ended April 20th reflects a significant renewal in concern regarding supply chain impacts and end-market destruction due to COVID-19. This growing pessimism by survey respondents is broad-based across component categories, market segments and stages of the supply chain. While concerns related to raw material supply disruption declined notably, the number of respondents seeing a serious or severe impact on the electronic components production and end-market losses jumped by 12% and 11%, respectively, between the previous and most recent survey.

Expectation regarding the loss of end-market demand grew the greatest in the consumer electronics segment as those anticipating a decline jumping to 50% of respondents. The automotive and industrial electronics markets continuing to represent the segments of greatest concern with expectations of a decline growing to 62% and 60%, respectively. Despite expectations for weak end-market demand, the confidence in order backlog remains strong across the board.

Go to www.ecianow.org to read the full survey.

– Edited from an Electronic Component Industry Association (ECIA) press release by CFE Media.