Capacitors: It’s a Buyer’s Market
Buyers can expect continued stable to lower pricing for capacitors in 2016 thanks to plenty of availability and lower demand across end markets. Lead times also remain stable in the off the shelf to six to 10 week range. Pricing and availability trends are a continuation of last year’s market.
Distributors and component manufacturers report that a big source of pain in 2015 was continued price pressure on passive components, which impacted the North American market. “We haven’t seen any stabilization in pricing this year,” said Jim Wright, vice president of engineering and marketing, NIC Components. “For NIC, the yen to the dollar currency exchange rate has made it a little more challenging for us. Everybody is always working on slimmer and slimmer margins.” However, there is no pressure on lead times for any of the technologies – ceramic, tantalum or aluminum, said Wright. “Lead times are typically off the shelf to eight to 10 weeks for all the technologies. I haven’t seen anybody quote more than 10 weeks for any part. Parts with longer lead times are typically “B” or “C” level items with only a few customers.”