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.