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December 2019, Volume 2

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ERA’s Quick Connections is issued twice a month. ERA invites you to share recent newsworthy items and calendar dates with your fellow members at info@era.org.

Monthly POS Reports

Budde Marketing, which provides monthly POS Index reports to ERA members, has issued its latest summary, running from January 2018 through October 2019. Visit era.org to view the new index. According to the new report, October 2019 continued to show slight improvement from the summer doldrums, coming in 2 percent over the index. However, October 2018 was about 2 percent better than October 2019. This year is running parallel to 2018 numbers and about 55 percent of the companies represented in the report continue to be over their 2018 POS numbers. For details on Budde Marketing’s services, visit BuddeMarketing.com.


Industry News

2019 has been a tough year for semiconductor companies from a revenue standpoint, especially for memory companies. On the other hand, the EDA industry has seen another robust growth year, according to Semiconductor Engineering. A significant portion of this disparity can be attributed to the number of emerging technology areas for semiconductors, none of which has reached volume production yet. Read more at SemiconductorEngineering.

Projected 2019 global fab equipment spending has been revised upward to $56.6 billion on the strength of surging memory investments in the latter part of the year after a weak first half, according to SEMI. Rising investments in memory, particularly 3D NAND, leading-edge logic and foundries have powered the turnaround. Read more at Evertiq.

Shipments of wearable devices totaled 84.5 million units globally in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19), a year-over-year increase of 94.6 percent, according to new data from the IDC. Most of the growth was driven by new products in the hearables market, which accounted for almost half the market in 3Q19. Read more at IDC.

Global growth is expected to stabilize at a rate of 2.5 percent in 2020 before edging up 2.7 percent in 2021, according to IHS’ annual Top-10 Economic Predictions. While acknowledging historically high levels of policy uncertainty, the firm says the probability of a recession has decreased for 2020, and now stands at one in five. Read more at FierceElectronics.

ERA News

The Winter issue of The Representor will be bonus-distributed at the 2020 ERA Conference. Don’t miss the opportunity to advertise. Your ad placement includes a free three-month banner ad on the ERA website and a 20 percent discount on all classified rates for ERA members. Reserve your ad by Jan. 6, 2020 at Representor.

The ERA Conference Committee has blocked tee times on Feb. 23, 2020, at Grey Rock Golf Club prior to the start of the 2020 ERA Conference. Attendees can reserve tee times on a first come, first served basis, by Feb. 14, 2020 by calling the pro shop directly at 512-288-4297, x2, and referencing the ERA Conference group name. The $72 fee per person includes staged cart, scorecard, range balls and golf cart. Contact Erin Collins for more information, or visit ConferenceGolf.

2020 ERA Conference attendees are invited to RSVP the Monday Night Conference Celebration, scheduled Feb. 24, 2020, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Max’s Wine Dive in Austin, Texas. Space is limited so don’t miss the opportunity to join fellow attendees at this exciting event. For more information about the event or to register, visit ConferenceParty.

Here is what some of your ERA chapters were up to in December:

• The Chicagoland-Wisconsin Chapter of ERA hosted a holiday happy hour and annual charity toy drive event on Dec. 12, 2019. Attendees at the event also participated in an ERA Conference registration raffle. Tom Trzeciak of ALT Technical Sales was the raffle winner.

• Carolinas ERA held networking breakfasts in Charlotte and Raleigh on Dec. 13.

• Members of New England ERA were invited to participate in the Molex special Toys for Tots Holiday Gathering on Dec. 5 in Tewksbury, Mass.

For details and photos from the events, visit ERAChapters.

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