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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...

04.23.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

European Update; Motherboard 2Q’14 Upturn; Wearable Device Market; Taiwan HDI PCB Capacity Tight; World Photomask Market More...

04.16.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Business Conditions Update; March Taiwan/China Results; 1Q’14 Personal Computer Sales; 2013 Global Semiconductor Materials & SEMI Equipment Markets; IMF Economic Outlook for 2014; Sensor/Actuator Market More...

04.09.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Slower Short Term Global Growth Likely; World Semiconductor Sales Up 11.4% in February but Leading Indicator Points to Weaker Near Term Expansion; N. American PCB Book/Bill Near Parity; 2013 Semiconductor More...

04.02.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

U.S. and Japan Updates; OLED Lighting Market Growth; Electronic Chemicals and Materials Market; Electronic Device Forecast by Type More...

03.26.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

North America SEMI Equipment Demand Improves; 2014 Projected Semiconductor CapEx by Company; RFID Market Size and Growth; Copper Price Dropping; 4K TV and PC Monitor Markets; External Disk Storage 4Q’13 More...

03.19.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Global, Taiwan/China and Europe Updates; SEMI Equipment World Sales up 34% in 4Q’13; January North American Orders & Shipments; Game Consoles Driving Component Sales; World TV Demand Weaker More...

03.12.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Domestic Electronics Demand; Strong January Semiconductor Shipments but Signs of Slower Growth; 2013 Tablet Sales by Supplier, External Disk Storage and Wearable Electronics Markets; February U.S. PMI 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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