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French electronic components market valued at €15 billion

The global market for electronic components is showing strong growth trends, driven by the rapid development of innovations such as 5G, electric vehicles and the growing adoption of renewable energies.

France has established itself as a leading player in the European landscape, its electronic components market is worth almost €15 billion and provides substantial added value to the national industry.

In 2021, the market expanded strongly by 6.2%, following modest growth of 3.3% in 2020 - an increase due to the COVID-19 crisis, which accelerated demand for active components with the rise of remote working and the intensification of data center activity.

The European electric car market in particular has seen exceptional growth, with new registrations rising from around 60,000 electric cars to almost 1.3 million by 2020.

The electronics industry faces challenges such as an unprecedented global shortage of components, particularly in semiconductors, which has led to a significant impact on production, with a potential one million vehicles not produced in the automotive sector in the first quarter of 2021 alone.

Despite these challenges, the market outlook remains positive, with continued innovation and strong demand for electronics.

Exploding demand for electronic components with the digital revolution and the development of electric vehicles

Demand for electronic components has risen spectacularly, largely fuelled by the digital revolution and significant advances in the automotive industry.

The French market is distinguished by its cutting-edge electronics industry, which includes producers of various electronic components, assembly designers and software developers for electronic system design.

The French electronics industry benefits in particular from a vast network of highly specialized laboratories, schools and universities.

Market demand is mainly driven by the growing use of nanoelectronics and power electronics, which are an integral part of the digital revolution and the energy transition. The advent of electric and autonomous vehicles is significantly boosting demand for electronic components.

All industries are seeking to exploit the potential of their products or processes by integrating electronic components to facilitate data transmission and processing.

The automotive industry accounts for 36% of the electronic components market, and the industrial sector for around 37%. These two sectors are the main drivers of demand.

Although the automotive industry suffered a drop in production of around 28.5% during the COVID-19 crisis, the increased electrification of vehicles, greater connectivity of on-board systems and increased safety mechanisms are driving market growth.

Connected objects and the Internet of Things (IoT) are another booming area contributing to market growth. These technologies merge digital and electronic technologies, influencing sectors as varied as intelligent housing, industry and transport.

According to a study by Roland Berger, the market for connected objects in France is valued at between 10 and 20 billion euros, with the smart home taking the lion's share at 28% of market value. Industrial applications follow close behind at 23%, while transportation accounts for 20% of the market's value.

The B2C segment for connected objects is particularly dynamic.

Some global players.

  • Intel is a giant in the field of microprocessors and integrated circuits.
  • Samsung Electronics is another colossal player
  • Qualcomm is renowned for its innovations in wireless technology,
  • TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, is the world's largest independent semiconductor foundry.
  • The Thales Group, with a strong presence in the defense, aerospace and security markets.
  • STMicroelectronics, Europe's leading player.
  • Gemalto, now part of the Thales group, continues to be recognized for its expertise in digital security
  • Morpho/Idemia, renowned for its biometric technologies
  • Actia Group, Composants Electroniques Lyonnais (CEL) and Secre Composants Electronse are small players in the French market
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1 Market summary

1.1 Market definition and structure

The electronic components market is a very large market. We consider that an electronic component is an element intended to be assembled with others in order to realize one or more electronic functions. The components form many types and categories, they meet various industrial needs, especially because of their electrical characteristics. The assembly of these electronic components is defined beforehand in a layout diagram which precedes the installation of these components in an electronic circuit.

We traditionally distinguish two categories of components, the active components (diode, transistor, integrated circuit, etc.) and the passive components (resistance, capacitors, etc.). Active components are electronic components that increase the power of a signal (voltage or current), while passive components do not increase the power of a signal, and can even reduce this power in some cases.

On a global scale, it is possible to observe that the world market for electronic components has been doing well for several years. on a global scale, the market is worth nearly $1,400 billion.

Indeed, the printed circuit board and semiconductor segments are relatively dynamic, driven by the rapid development of several innovations such as 5G, electronic cars or the democratization of renewable energy. Due to the complexity of production methods, the electronic components market is largely concentrated and a few international players share the majority of market shares. Thus, among the leaders of this market, we can name Intel, Samsung Electronics or Qualcomm and TSMC.

The market is largely driven by the many electronic and technological innovations that are available on many markets for very diverse productions. In France, the electronic components market is of strategic importance. While the major foreign players, who account for most of the world's market share, play an important role in the French market, a number of local players such as Thales and STMicroelectronics also play an important role at the national and European levels.


1.2 A healthy global market

According to the WSTS, the global electronic components market will grow strongly in ****, with growth of *.*%, following a **** year in which the market grew by only *.*%. Indeed, Asian production continues to drive the market upwards. In addition, the COVID-** crisis has finally had a positive effect on the global market by ...

1.3 The French market is at the forefront of electronic components

The French electronics industry brings together various players:

producers of electronic components, connectors or printed circuits, designers and assemblers of electronic boards and sub-assemblies, distributors or publishers of embedded software and software tools for the design of electronic systems.

The electronics industry is fed upstream by a dense network of laboratories, ...

1.4 The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the electronic components market

Semiconductors are present in billions of electronic devices. Indeed, all computer systems are composed of small silicon chips that allow information to flow through their circuits. In the spring of ****, lockdown measures caused an explosion in demand for computer hardware to telecommute or entertain at home. More than *** million PCs were ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 The demand for electronic components, at the heart of the digital revolution

The electronic components market is the essential industrial base for the digital revolution and the energy transition, through nanoelectronics and power electronics technologies to assembly and integration. The market for electronic components is the essential industrial base for the digital revolution and the energy transition, from nanoelectronics and power electronics technologies ...

2.2 The rise of the electric car accelerates the integration of electronic components

The electric car segment has been booming in recent years, driven by the radical change in motorists' habits and the search for new modes of mobility. In addition, the robotization of upstream production methods is strengthening the sector's position as one of the main outlets for the electronic components market, with ...

2.3 The democratization of connected objects and the IoT is driving demand for electronic components

The digital wave is ushering in a period of profound transformation in all sectors of the economy, both services and industry. Within this wave, connected objects and the Internet of Things (***) is the most important market for connected objects and represents **% of the market value. The industrial sector represents **% of the ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Simplified diagram of the market structure

The value chain of electronic components is broken down into four stages as shown in the diagram above:

The suppliers: they will provide the manufacturers with raw materials. The most used is certainly silicon. They can either provide the raw material or offer it in the form of processed products; Research ...

3.2 The production of electronic components is concentrated in Asia

Producing electronic components therefore implies an important basic investment in order to benefit from the best infrastructures. The quality of an electronic component will determine the success of its manufacturers. The complexity of manufacturing makes it particularly difficult for newcomers to enter. The French market is therefore dominated by major players ...

3.3 Global distribution of electronic components

Because electronic components are both fragile and valuable, the choice of distributors is particularly important. The distribution channels are often integrated into the network of the main manufacturers. The distributors offer a wide choice of products from different producers.

In ****, forecasts for the turnover of electronic components distributors indicated an increase ...

4 Analysis of the offer

4.1 The typology of electronic components

Electronic components can be divided into several categories. First of all, there are the active components. The purpose of this electronic component is to increase the power of a signal (***). We find the following most common semiconductors :

The diode: nonlinear and polarized dipole (***); The transistor: based on a system of three ...

4.2 Price list for electronic components

The prices of electronic components can vary considerably depending on the component. It is therefore important to study them individually. To do so, we have based ourselves on the prices proposed by Go Tronic, a leader in the distribution of components.

For the components considered as active, the prices (***) are as ...

4.3 French production is booming

The French production of electronic components is booming. Overall, French electronics production has been growing steadily for several years, at a rate of * to *% depending on the sector of activity. Like its German, Italian and Spanish counterparts, which stood at just €*.* billion in ****, it represented nearly €*.* billion in ****, representing a CAGR ...

5 Rules and regulations

5.1 Legal framework for the electronic components market

The placing on the market of a product is "the first making available of a product on the market of the Union". Generally, a product is placed on the market when it is sold at the end of its manufacturing phase (***) or when it is imported into the Union. The concept ...

6 Positioning of the actors

6.1 Segmentation

  • STMicroelectronics
  • Morpho / Idemia
  • Thales DIS (Digital Identity & Security)
  • Actia Groupe
  • Forecast Electronics
  • Itest
  • Capacitec
  • Plastech
  • Schaller Electronic
  • Servotechnics
  • Nitron
  • Composants Electroniques Lyonnais CEL
  • Secre Composants Electroniques
  • ERCE Européenne de Composants Electroniques
  • Samsung Group
  • Nexperia
  • Lemo
  • Omron
  • ROHM Semiconductor
  • Acal BFi
  • AsteelFlash (USI Group)
  • TDK Electronics

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  • World Market for Electronic Components
  • Evolution of the World Market Value of Electronic Components
  • Electronic components market sales
  • Market opportunities for electronic components
  • Production of the automotive industry
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Latest news

Chip investments in Europe reach 100 billion euros - 11/08/2023
  • The European Union aims to double semiconductor production by 2030 to 20% of the global share.
  • Over 100 billion euros of investment is planned in semiconductor production in Europe.
  • The "Chips Act" was passed with an initial allocation of 43 billion in subsidies.
  • TSMC plans to invest up to 10 billion euros in its first European plant in Germany.
  • Intel plans to invest 30 billion euros in Germany, 4.6 billion in Poland and 12 billion in Ireland.
  • In France, STMicrelectronics and GlobalFoundaries are investing 7.5 billion euros in a project at Crolles.
  • Infineon plans to invest 5 billion euros in a plant in Dresden.
  • Broadcom plans to build a site in Spain at a cost of one billion euros.
  • The PIIEC, which brings together 20 European countries and 56 companies, accounts for 22 billion euros of investment.
Samsung Digital City in Suwon - 27/07/2023
  • Samsung has a market share of over 60% of smartphone sales in South Korea.
  • Samsung is the world's number-one smartphone and TV sales group.
  • More than 37,000 employees work at Samsung's Suwon campus.
  • The Suwon facility covers more than 170 hectares
Omron expands its European network with Conrad Electronics. - 20/10/2022
  • Omron Electronic Components Europe signs pan-European distribution contract with Conrad Electronic.
  • Conrad Electronic is based in Germany and operates in 17 European countries.
  • Conrad will supply current Omron part numbers to European companies.
  • Omron products include relays, switches and environmental sensors.
  • Conrad Sourcing Platform will initially offer more than 4,900 Omron products.
  • In April 2022, Omron Corporation's Electromechanical Components (EMC) Division was renamed Omron Device and Module Solutions (DMS).
  • Omron DMS Division has eight offices in Europe, local offices and partnerships with specialized distributors.
Samsung wins the key battle of the 3-nanometer chip - 30/06/2022
  • Samsung begins mass production of semiconductors with exceptionally fine etching
  • This generation of chips has an etch fineness of 3 nm.
  • The world's leading semiconductor foundries are vying with each other to invest heavily in constantly reducing the engraving on their transistors, in order to offer chip designers ever more efficient manufacturing solutions
  • 45% reduction in power consumption and 23% improvement in power compared with 5 nm products
  • By 2022, TSMC will have invested 42 billion euros in the modernization and expansion of its foundries
Acal BFI is no longer with DiscoverIE. - 08/03/2022

  • DiscoverIE Group sells Acal BFi to H2 Equity Partners.
  • Cash transaction of £50 million (initial payment of £45 million, £5 million thereafter).
  • Acal BFi sales for the year ending March 31, 2021: £148.7 million.
  • Acal BFi pre-tax profit for the year ending March 31, 2021: £4 million.
  • Acal BFi operates in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Nordic region and the Benelux countries.
  • DiscoverIE Group focuses on the design and manufacture of electronic components for industrial applications.
  • The DiscoverIE Group's continuing operations employ around 4,800 people and have operating units in continental Europe, the UK, China, Sri Lanka, India and North America.
Acal BFI sold to H2 Equity Partners for £50m. - 09/11/2021
  • sale of Acal BFi to H2 Equity Partners.
  • Acal BFi sales for the year ending March 31, 2021: £148.7 million.
  • Acal BFi present in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Nordic region and Benelux.
  • DiscoverIE's D&M (Design & Manufacturing) division accounts for 65% of Group sales, with an operating margin of 12.7% (compared with 3.6% for distribution).
  • Sales in the four target markets (renewable energies, medical, transport and industry, and connectivity) representing 75% of D&M sales in fiscal 2021.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Morpho / Idemia
Thales DIS (Digital Identity & Security)
Actia Groupe
Forecast Electronics
Schaller Electronic
Composants Electroniques Lyonnais CEL

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