Country Reports: Europe

The recovery in the European economy and in particular in the Eurozone in 2015 has helped support a return to growth in the West European electronics industry, this despite the slowdown in some key emerging markets during the year. In Euro’s the production of electronic equipment grew by 2.7% in 2015 and was up from the 0.8% posted in 2014 and the declines of 3.3% and 0.2% reported in 2013 and 2012, respectively. The top line figures however, mask the impact of exchange rates. In constant 2014 exchange rates growth in 2015 would have been 0.3%.

The outlook for 2016 remains uncertain. Macroeconomic and geopolitical developments continue to raise concerns for a sustained recovery. Based on current indicators we are forecasting growth in electronic equipment output of 1.8% in 2016 with stronger growth in the second half of the year. This then should accelerate to 2.7% in 2017 and remain at around similar levels throughout the period to 2019. 

Growth will be driven by the core industrial segment which accounted for an estimated 56% of electronics equipment output in 2015 and which will be the main driver of growth over the period to 2019, when it will account 59% of the total. Following four years of decline the communications sector was flat in 2015 (-1.8% in constant exchange rates), in part due stronger demand in the aerospace and defence segments. Over the period to 2019 the production of communications equipment is expected to benefit from increased defence spending and the opportunities arising from the Internet of Things and the next generation of wireless technologies. Computer output will continue to decline over the forecast period as will the production of video and audio equipment.

Electronics production in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) was an estimated Euro 46.3 billion in 2013, a decline of 8.2% compared to 2012’s level of Euro 50.4 billion. A modest recovery was expected in 2014 with growth of 1.2%, although the outlook remains uncertain and will depend on the situation in the Eurozone and in particular, Germany. Growth in 2015 is expected to remain modest and again dependent on the overall outlook for the economy both in Europe and globally but then accelerate in 2016 and 2017 when electronics output will to top Euro 50 billion. 

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The Czech electronics industry is focused on the 3C markets of computing, communications and cons..
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Country Report - Hungary
In terms of electronics production Hungary is the second largest producer in CEE with 19.6% of th..
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Country Report - Poland
Electronics output in Poland reached an estimated US$9.0 billion in 2016, down from US$9.1 billio..
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