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November 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

Monthly POS Reports

Budde Marketing, which provides monthly POS Index reports to ERA members, has issued its latest summary, running from January 2018 through September 2019. Visit to view the new index. According to the new report, September 2019 bounced back from the previous four months and showed a 6 percent increase over the September 2018 POS numbers. September 2019 also was the second best month of the year, and 3 percent above the index. This year, however, is still collectively just 1 percent over 2018. For details on Budde Marketing’s services, visit

Industry News

The market for 5G technologies and services that will use 5G is poised to generate $13.2 trillion in global sales activity by 2035, according to a study from Qualcomm Technologies. The study estimates that the 5G value chain will support 22.3 million jobs in 2035 — more than three times as many jobs as it supports today. Read more at Electronics360.

Sales in the global DRAM market grew 4.1 percent sequentially to $15.45 billion in the third quarter of 2019, following three quarters of sequential drops, according to DRAMeXchange. Looking into the fourth quarter, DRAM makers are expected to see their shipments climb further thanks to growing demand for servers and smartphones. Read more at DigiTimes.

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments totaled 2,932 million square inches in the third quarter of 2019, down 1.7 percent from the 2,983 million square inches shipped in the second quarter of the year and 9.9 percent lower than shipments during the same period in 2018, according to SEMI. “Ongoing geopolitical tensions and the overall economic slowdown have negatively impacted silicon demand for the year,” said Neil Weaver, chairman of SEMI SMG and VP of Product Development and Applications Engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America. Read more at SEMI.

Multilayered ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) have been in short supply for 24 months, and the outlook for consumption continues to create uncertainty about market conditions for the final quarter of the calendar year. Read more at TTI_MarketEYE.

Over the last 10 years, the number of U.S. telecommuters grew 91 percent, according to Global Workplace Analytics Report. Hiring remote workers can be an excellent way to add necessary skills to a company without concern for geographical boundaries; however, leadership practices must change for an organization to get full value from its telecommuting staff. Read more at Entrepreneur.

ERA News

The 2020 ERA Conference Digital Brochure is now online. Don’t miss this new interactive resource designed to provide you the latest program, session, speaker updates and more. For details, go to ERAConferenceBrochure.

“Take It to the Streets” at the ERA Conference with the Monday Night Celebration, scheduled Feb. 24, 2020, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Max’s Wine Dive in Austin, Texas. Join fellow attendees at what has become the networking social event of the annual ERA Conference. Register at ERACelebration.

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

The next free ERA Teleforum — “Recruiting Future Leaders: Where to Find Them. How to Train Them. How to Motivate Them.” — is scheduled Dec. 12, 3 p.m. CST. The Teleforum will be presented by Sa1eswise Certified Professional Sales Management Coach Nicki Weiss and co-facilitators: Sean Sisson, Vice President North America & Latin America at Rutronik, and Tobi Cornell, CMPR, Vice President Distribution at Kruvand Associates. Register at ERATeleforum.

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