NETWORKS – Rising requirements for existing network enhancements and increasing security needs drive growth

Network infrastructure and equipment market will expand for USD +6.6 bn in annual revenue by 2019. As number of connected devices is continuously increasing, amount of data being transferred through networks is surging. Increasing demand for connectivity is driving growth across all regions except Europe, where network spending remains flat. Demand for 4G/LTE is slowing down and has not yet been offset by fresh investment in 5G radio access equipment. Telecom providers prioritize the enhancement of current networks capacity, as majority of addressable 4G/LTE market has been reached already. Enterprise network security spending will increase in 2017, as enterprises are redesigning their security infrastructure in the face of a rapidly evolving threat landscape.

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ENTERPRISE COMPUTING - Lackluster hardware growth for Servers and Storage in a world swept by tsunami of data

As per IDC Digital Universe, amount of data annually generated worldwide will reach 44 zettabytes (or 44 trillion gigabytes) by 2020, which is a tenfold increase from 2013. Yet, massive boost of data that needs to be stored, processed and moved is not driving the similar surge in hardware demand. New, more intelligent ways to store and manage same amounts of data with less space consumed are gaining traction.

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SEMICONDUCTOR – Dynamic market with high volatility and specific logistic needs requires dedicated industry solutions across the end to end supply chain

The Semiconductor industry worldwide is forecasted to surpass 400 billion US-Dollars in revenue in 2017 for the first time ever. Market is set for a staggering +16.8% year-over-year growth, mainly driven by the booming memory market and the fast adoption of IoT enabled devices. Until 2019, memory market is about to slow down dropping annual semiconductor revenue growth rates to lower single digits. Such a dynamic and volatile market in combination with high M&A activity and the complexity of a semiconductor supply chain calls for industry-specific logistics solutions.

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SEMICONDUCTOR – Industry upturn driven by Internet of Things as market consolidation continues and capital spending rises

Semiconductors market finished strong in 2016 and is projected to increase its revenue by 3.9% per year until 2019, while capital spending in the industry will grow even faster on 4.8% CAGR. Immense merger and acquisition activity among top players, higher semiconductor content in Internet of Things enabled devices and increased investments, especially in China, are calling for higher agility among semiconductor vendors to reconsider and adapt supply chains accordingly.

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The market will expand in the next three years in an altering landscape as most of the growth comes from new up-and-coming products while traditional products stay flat. Demand in traditional products is shifting towards developing markets, while mature markets, such as North America and Europe, are leading the growth in emerging products.

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SEMICONDUCTOR – An upstream components industry challenged by shifting fundamentals

Market consolidations and a shift towards different product applications will have a significant impact on companies´ supply chains. After decline in 2016, the semiconductors market has a positive outlook for the next few years.

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Imaging & Printing – Changing fundamentals of a traditional industry

In a world that prints increasingly fewer pages and substitutes them with apps, websites, emails, files, and virtualized documents, it is no surprise that the Imaging & Printing sector is facing major challenges. It is estimated that by 2018 enterprises will print 82.6 billion pages less than in 2015. In this landscape, many Imaging & Printing companies are rethinking their business model, successfully developing new products and solutions, rearranging their portfolio and eventually also their business structure. To facilitate this transition, increasingly flexible and efficient supply chain solutions will be required and solid partnerships with other industry players will become vitally important.

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The Internet of Things – Market Intelligence on a “Smart” Market

In the fast-paced Technology industry, where product innovation cycles are shortening while traditional market segments such as Mobile Devices and traditional PCs are slowing down due to market saturation, enterprises are speeding up their search for the ‘next big thing’. At the same time, we are expecting more and more from the so-called Internet of Things (IoT).

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ENTERPRISE COMPUTING – Stable market with shifting dynamics

The Enterprise Computing technology subsector, after peaking in 2015 (+5.6% over-year growth), will flatten out, stabilizing at +0.5% in 2016 with a +0.3% CAGR for 2015-18. The exceptional servers’ growth that caused the peak in 2015 is not expected to continue and by 2018 the market will expand by just USD +0.7bn. Key market dynamics shaping this sector remain cloud computing and hyper-scale servers.

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MOBILE DEVICES - New challenges in a stagnating market

The Mobile Devices market characterized by commoditized products, declining average prices, and high competitive pressure from emerging Asian vendors is posing new challenges to traditional vendors.

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TECHNOLOGY – NETWORKS INFRASTRUCTURES, An expanding market in an increasingly connected world

In a world where Internet of Things (IoT) devices enter everyday life, Big Data Analytics and Data Centers become common practice, and towns turn into Smart High-Tech Cities, the demand for high-speed connectivity and improved network infrastructures is inevitably bound to skyrocket. Profound changes for the Networks market will reflect the development of the overall technology market with increasingly effective and efficient supply chain solutions becoming a source of competitive advantage.

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The worsening of the Personal Devices outlook (USD -14.3bn by 2018) and softening in Asia Pacific are increasingly weakening the Technology Market. The remaining growth drivers are new technologies such as the Internet of Things, requiring new innovative devices and infrastructure investments.   

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Characterized by strong dynamism, the Technology Industry comprises a heterogeneous landscape of products and solutions grouped under distinct subsectors. New products and services continuously reshape the industry, increasing the demand for innovative and efficient end-to-end supply chain solutions.

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The market dynamics in the PC & Notebook subsector are breathtaking. Looking at products such as Ultrabooks, Tablets, Notebooks and desk-based PCs, the changes are profound. Counting USD 203bn revenues and 286M units sold in 2015, the PC & Notebook subsector declined by 16.6% in revenues and 9.9% in shipments compared to 2014.

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To stay ahead in increasingly competitive markets, technology companies are rethinking their supply chain strategies. They need a partner with the requisite supply chain expertise, logistics capabilities, and global reach, and especially a partner who understands the technology industry.

DHL meets these needs by innovating; we proactively create ever-better supply chain solutions, and provide thought leadership to streamline the technology supply chain. We’re helping technology customers to squeeze out costs, improve CO2 efficiency, and go to market faster – whether this means bringing semiconductors from China and Taiwan to Europe in a more efficient way, managing distribution of electronic devices into mature and emerging, or managing complete inbound to manufacturing supply chains.

We share best practice with all of our customers, enabling each to accrue their own savings and efficiency benefits. And, as a customer needs change, we always listen carefully, so we can continue to deliver new solutions proactively.

With our Technology Sector management approach, we provide customers from the technology industry with best-in-class industry solutions by tapping into DHL’s global capabilities and local expertise.