Electronic Component Lead Time Update – September 2017

The first half of the year was dominated by the idea that a sustained period of allocation was just around the corner. Those fears are yet to be born into reality, though the entire electronics industry has witnessed lead times increase and the general availability of parts decrease.

From May onwards, the demand from high-growth sectors such as industrial, automotive and automation, has surpassed all predictions. This, coupled with instability in the memory sector due to Toshiba’s ongoing woes, has seen demand outstrip supply.

The result of this has been expanding lead times and some price increases.

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Analog

Texas Instruments has taken steps to double its lead times for both Interface and Voltage Regulator product groups. Buyers can now expect a twenty-four-week wait through franchise channels, up from twelve weeks recorded at the start of summer.

Discretes

Supply of discrete products remains restricted, with four major manufacturers – Fairchild, Nexperia, ST Micro and Toshiba – increasing their lead times in recent weeks.

Memory

Bain Capital’s purchase of Toshiba Memory should install some market stability, but that is unlikely to be seen until the turn of the year at the latest.

Optical

According to our information, there has been no change in the availability of optical product groups over the summer.

DSP & Microcontrollers

Lead times are generally high, though they have stabilised after months of incremental increases. There has been an exception in the area, however, ST Micro has slashed lead times from twenty-six weeks for certain product groups down to fourteen.

Logic

There has been a widespread reduction of lead times, with Fairchild, Nexperia and Texas Instruments all bringing their average down over the summer.

Programmable Logic

Microchip product groups now come with a manageable eight-week wait, down from twenty-four weeks. However, Texas Instruments has moved in the other direction, doubling its lead time.

Make use of Lantek to avoid lead time complications

Semiconductor manufacturers tend to prioritise Tier One OEMs first and then franchise distributors second when it comes to allocating available stock. Franchise sources follow the same principle, ringfencing stock for their biggest customers and leaving everybody squabbling over any remaining quantities.

As a result, we would advise businesses to expand their existing supply chains to avoid unfavourable price rises, shortages and the long wait to secure necessary levels of stock.

Lantek Corporation has a specialist procurement team that can act quickly to lock down large quantities of electronic components – no matter where they are located.

With the aid of our purchasing team, stringent quality procedures and a trusted network of suppliers, Lantek can help OEMs and CEMs alike avoid problems associated with long lead times.

 

Renesas Subcontractors Still to Resume Production Capacity

Earlier this week, Renesas released an update regarding the impact that last month’s earthquakes had on its manufacturing operations.

As you may well remember, the Japanese-based electronics company was forced to close down a number of its production lines after it emerged that its facilities in the Kumamoto Prefecture had sustained damage during the earthquakes.

After assessing the situation, partial production resumed at the company’s Kawashiri Factory on April 22nd, but many other aspects remained offline while further assessments and repairs were carried out.

In accordance with their ongoing Business Development Plan, Renesas today announced that it expects to be able to ‘restore pre-earthquake production capacity’ by the end of this month.

A statement, published on the company’s website, said:

“While the chance of aftershocks to occur remains unpredictable, we confirmed that there is no current issue under consideration that would impede recovery further. Under these circumstances, we expect to be able to restore full pre-earthquake production capacity targeting May 22.”

However, whilst Renesas’ own plant appears to be getting back on track, the same cannot be said for some of its affiliated production facilities.

“Following the main quake that occurred on April 16, further damage has been confirmed at some subcontractor companies…. Renesas is exerting its utmost efforts to return to full pre-earthquake production capacity at the earliest possible date.”

Finally, Renesas announced that a donation of ten million yen had been made to the relief efforts.

Leading Electronic Manufacturers Pause Production

Renesas Electronic, Sony and Mitsubishi Electronic are just some of the companies to halt their production lines in the wake of the earthquakes that struck south-east Japan last week.

On April 14th, a foreshock earthquake registering 6.2Mw struck near Kumamoto, damaging the city’s eastern suburbs. In the hours following the initial earthquake, a further eleven aftershocks of at least 4.5Mw were recorded.

Then, in the early hours of April 16th, a further 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the region, causing significant damage to areas already vulnerable from the earthquake two days prior.
These earthquakes have caused significant disruption to a number of leading electronic manufacturers with facilities in the area, most noticeably Renesas, Sony and Mitsubishi Electronic.
Renesas is set to resume production tomorrow, though Sony and Mitsubishi’s plants look likely to remain offline for the next couple of days at the very least.

As a result, we have seen demand rise for a number of products, those being:

• Renesas Series – R5F10, R8A77
• NEC Series – UPD70, UPD78, UPD431, UPD432, UPD75
• Sony Series – CXD208, CXD125, CXD353

In a press release, Renesas announced their plant in Kumamoto should be reopening tomorrow, albeit with a reduced capacity.

“Assuming there is no massive aftershock and significant change in the state of material procurement situations, Renesas…aims to resume productions of other remaining processes step-by-step,” a spokesperson said.

It is worth noting that no definitive timetable for a return to full production capabilities has been announced.

However, nearby plants operated by Sony and Mitsubishi Electronic will remain closed while a full investigation is carried out.

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Manufacturer Lead Time Update: April 2014

It’s very important in the electronics industry to keep track of lead times  to ensure that the parts you require for production don’t fall under a lead-time that would put you in a lines down situation.

We’re pleased to update you on our current lead-time report, which has been showing a stable pattern on an average of 21.5 weeks.

Two increases have been noticed for both Samsung and Fairchild Semiconductor. Samsung has shown an increase from 12 weeks to 14 weeks. Fairchild Semiconductor has shown an increase from 16 weeks to 18 weeks.

Earlier in the month, we informed our customers of an increase for Micron due to the earthquake from March 2014. We are still reporting an increase in lead-times for Micron from 14 weeks to 20 weeks.

Unexpected lead times can cause some disruption in your production, so be sure to check your purchasing schedules ahead of time to avoid any line down situations. As always, our friendly and dedicated team at Lantek Corporation are here to assist you.

Micron Lead Times On The Rise

The Japanese earthquake that struck back in March of 2014, caused a serious impact on Micron parts. The earthquake came in as 6.2 on the richter scale causing many impacts throughout the Japanese area.

As of April 2014, Lantek Corporation has noticed the impacts affecting lead times for Micron parts. To date, Micron lead times have increased from 14 weeks to 20 weeks. In addition, there is a report of shortages on the market for Micron parts.

If you have a need for Micron parts, please contact Lantek Corporation and we will do everything to help source and supply these components on a shortened lead-time. In the meantime, please note the current struggles on the market for Micron parts.

Manufacturer Lead Time Update

It’s that time again where Lantek Corporation would like to update you on how manufacturer lead times are affecting the electronic component industry. We have noticed that a majority of lead times have remained stable with an average of 20.5 weeks.

Fairchild Semiconductor has increased from 17 weeks to 18 weeks after they experienced a pretty consistent reduction in their lead times over the past few months.

On the plus side, ON Semiconductor (28 weeks to 24 weeks), Toshiba (28 weeks to 24 weeks), and ST have reduced their leads times as well from 30 weeks to 24 weeks.

If you are able to plan ahead with your purchasing schedules, we always encourage that you do so to avoid any issues with unpredictable lead times.

 

Lead Time Update: November 2013

The electronic component industry can be affected in a vast amount of different ways, one of which is long lead times. I wanted to take this time to give you a brief update on the lead times currently affecting the electronic component industry.

The lead times over the past couple of months have seemed to remain stable, with an average of 21.5 weeks in November.

One positive change we have noticed is with Fairchild Semiconductor, who have again reduced their lead time from 26 weeks to 23 weeks in September, to now a solid 17 weeks for November.

On the down side, Samsung has increased their lead times from 8 weeks to 12 weeks at present, which is up 4 weeks from September.

It’s always a good idea to take a look at what you may need to order and plan early on so that you won’t run into any lead time issues and have to put a halt on your production.

Lantek Corporation offers a scheduling service specifically for you so you can choose when you want to receive your parts, so be sure to ask us how we can help you with your scheduling needs.

 

URGENT LEAD TIME UPDATE

It has come to our attention at Lantek Corporation that the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, and surrounding areas were recently affected by the monsoon flood and typhoon, Trami. This storm has affected over 600,000 people in these areas and our hearts go out to each and every one who may have been displaced by this storm.
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The above map represents the affected areas.
When these types of situations occur, it means a lot of manufacturer’s are affected and will experience a significant increase in lead times. We’d like to give you the heads up so you can check your stock in advance and let us know if you experience any issues with your regular suppliers.
Below are a few manufacturer’s who MAY be experiencing issues due to the monsoon:
  • AOC
  • ASUS
  • Chi Mei
  • Fujitsu
  • Furukawa
  • Holtek
  • HTC Corporation
  • Kingbright
  • LG
  • LiteOn
  • Murata
  • Nuvoton
  • Philips
  • Powerchip Semiconductor
  • Realtek
  • Rohm
  • Seagate
  • Western Digital
  • Winbond
  • Yageo

Again, our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this devastation. We will continue to update you on any manufacturer lead time issues as we learn about them, but we wanted to be the first to let you know. Please let us know how we can be of assistance to you during this difficult time.