NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Annual survey of the Americas, Japan and Asia Pacific electronics industry providing production data for the period 2012-2015 and market data for the period 2012-2018. Published since 1983 data is supplied for 16 countries and 13 major product groups.
Growth within the global electronics industry started to gain momentum in the later part of 2013 a trend which will continue in 2014 and then accelerate in the period to 2017, with stronger growth in the emerging markets. Growth is being driven by the improved outlook for the global economy although downside risks still remain. The Volume 2 of the Yearbook of World Electronics Data tracks developments in the electronics industry for 16 countries with emphasis on the Americas, Japan and the Asia Pacific. Despite losing its position as the world's largest producer the US remains the largest market and positive developments in the US economy will be a key driver to the global electronics industry. 2014 saw electronics output increase by an estimated 0.7% and followed a decline of 1.9% in the prior year. Growth of 1.2% is expected in 2015 on the back of a stronger domestic and global economy. The US, like Europe is now focused on the production of low-volume products in the control and instrumentation, medical, automotive, industrial, defence, high-end computing and communications segments. Over the medium term these sectors are projected to achieve low to medium-digit growth. The move to re-shore production will continue though it is unlikely that high volume production in the consumer and communications segments will return.
In Japan, electronics output posted its first increase for four years in 2014 with growth estimated at 0.5% and compared to the decline of 3.3% in 2013 and double-digit declines in 2012 and 2011. In 2015, the recovery which started in the prior year is expected to strengthen due to the continuation of the government's economic policies and the on-going boost to exports provided by the weak yen. As a result, growth in local currency is forecast to increase by 1.6%. The Japanese electronics industry is also facing underlying structural changes. Similar to the US and countries in Western Europe, Japan has been impacted by the migration of production to low-cost locations. Between 2000 and 2014 electronics output has declined by an estimated 54%.
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