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09.10.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

July U.S. Electronics Demand Improves Slightly; August Leading Indicators Point to Continued Modest Global Growth; Personal Computer Forecast by Product Type; Robot Investment Forecast by Region; 2Q’14 More...

09.03.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

July Semiconductor Shipments up 9.9% Globally; U.S. and Japan Updates; Weak July N. American PCB Demand; World PCB Shipments to Grow 3% in 2014; Revised Media Tablet Forecast; Personal Computer Outlook More...

08.27.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Detailed Sector Growth Charts; Mixed August PMI Leading Indicator Results; 2Q’14 European Electronic Component Shipments by Country; Second Quarter DRAM Sales by Vendor; Strong 2Q’14 Silicon Wafer Shipments; More...

08.21.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China July Data; Global Economic and Electronic Equipment Forecast by Region by Year; Europe Update More...

08.13.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Business Outlook for Electronics Supply Chain; Updated 2Q’14 Electronics Sector Growth Rates; Top 25 PCB Companies in 2013; June Domestic Electronics Update; Weak July for Foxconn Hon Hai More...

08.06.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

2Q’14 Growth by Electronics Sector; Custer Business Outlook Webinar Thurs August 7; June Semiconductor Shipments up 10.8%; July Global Leading Indicators; July U.S. Purchasing Managers Index at 57.1, N More...

07.30.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

June U.S. Electronic Equipment Orders Soften; July “Flash” PMI Leading Indicators – China Accelerates; Dieter Bergman’s Passing; N America SEMI Equipment Orders Remain Strong; Media Tablet 2Q’14 Shipments; More...

07.23.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Europe Update; U.S. Industrial Production Increases; Global Business Confidence Weakens; Global ASIC Market; PC DRAM Module Market; EDA Sales More...

07.17.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China June Revenues; Global Semiconductor Shipments Continue to Increase with $336 Billion predicted for total 2014; SEMI Equipment Forecasts; Personal Computer Growth Positive in 2Q’14; Worldwide More...

07.09.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

U.S. May “Factory Orders”; June PMI Leading Indicators; Smartwatch Market Forecast; Tablet Growth Weakens; Ultra HDTV Sales to Surge; Digital Cameras Market Forecast; Worldwide IT Spending Outlook, Automotive More...

07.02.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Late Spring Slowing; Solar/Photovoltaic Update; Silver Inks & Paste Market; N America PCB Industry Order Growth Stalls; 3D Printer Outlook; Global Consumer Electronics & Components Market More...

06.24.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Japan & Korea Updates; 2014 Global PCB Growth Forecast Lowered; 2H’14 Personal Computer Rebound Predicted; Smartphone Share of Connected Device Market Grows; Robot Shipments by Region; Top 10 Global Suppliers More...

06.18.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China & European Updates; 1Q’14 SEMI Equipment Sales; DRAM Quarterly Shipments & Pricing; Samsung Moving More Production to Vietnam; IBM to Sell its Wafer Fabs; European Update; Worldwide SEMI Equipment More...

06.11.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Business Outlook Improves but Varies by Country; Global Semiconductor Sales up 11.5% in April 2014 vs. April 2013; New WSTS & SIA Semiconductor Forecast by Region & Product for 2014 to 2016; European Electronic More...

06.04.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Domestic U.S. Electronics Demand Improving; April North American PCB Orders & Shipments; Global Smartphone Shipments; Leading Under-the-Hood Electronics Suppliers; Media Tablet Projections Lowered; 1Q’14 More...

05.28.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

1Q’14 Supply Chain “Final” Financial Results; Near-term Growth Outlook; Japan Update; North American SEMI Equipment Sales Rise; HDI Any-Layer PCB Capacity Maxed Out; Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, More...

05.20.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Global 1Q’14 Electronic Supply Chain Growth; Taiwan/China & Europe Updates; ZVEI market estimates & forecasts for German Electronics; South Korea Memory Chip1Q’14 Growth; Fabless Chip Companies 2013 Ranking; More...

05.14.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Manufacturing Growth – Asia slows, U.S. and Europe Improve, World Contracts Slightly; First Quarter Electronic Supply Chain Growth Update; 1Q’14 Smartphone Operating Systems, First Quarter Media Tablet More...

05.05.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

First Quarter Global Electronic Equipment Growth by Sector; U.S. Electronics Demand Increases; North American PCB Industry Reports Stronger Results; March Semiconductor Shipments by Region; Strong First More...

04.30.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Leading Indicators Point to Modest Growth Ahead; U.S. Electronic Supply Chain March Performance; Custer/Henderson Paper at ECWC 13; Latest Metal Prices More...

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Walt D. Custer

Walt Custer is an industry analyst focused on the global electronics industry. Prior to forming Custer Consulting Group he was Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Morton Electronic Materials, a global supplier of specialty chemicals and process equipment for the PCB industry.

Custer has been a member of the IPC trade organization since 1975 where he received both the President's and the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Awards. He is currently a member of the IPC Executive Market & Technology Steering Committee. Custer is also a Director of the EIPC European PCB trade organization.

He authors regular “Market Outlook” columns for Global SMT & Packaging magazine, the Journal of the HKPCA and the TTI MarketEYE website.

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