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Global IC industry to grow 4.8% in 2013: MIC

The global integrated circuit (IC) market is expected to see a production growth of 4.8 percent next year, said the Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute (MIC) yesterday.

As for Taiwan, IC output value is expected to hit NT$1.64 trillion, a growth of 6 percent, MIC said.

By IC sub-sector, growth is expected for IC design, foundry and testing/packaging operators, it said.

MIC made the remarks during a forum yesterday discussing various trends in the information technology sector.

For this year, the global IC industry is expected to see production value of US$300.12 billion, a growth of merely 0.2 percent from 2011 due to slowed sales of personal computers, said Hung Chun-hui, vice director with MIC.

Taiwan is expected to outperform the rest of the world with total production value of NT$1.55 trillion this year, a growth of 7 percent from 2011.

For next year, global IC production value is expected to hit US$314.382 billion, a rise of 4.8 percent from this year. Taiwan's IC production is forecasted to grow 6 percent to NT$1.64 trillion.

IC designers are expected to see growth next year, thanks to demands from the mid- to low-end smartphone and PC manufacturers.

As for foundries, also known as contract chip-makers, they may also see growth, given demands for products made with cutting-edge manufacturing processes, Hung said. Yet inventory adjustments are expected from this quarter to the first three-month period next year, he said.

IC testing and packaging firms may grow 6 percent next year, on business from independent device manufacturers, he added.

Meanwhile, MIC also forecasted the output value of Taiwan's telecommunications industry will grow 14.2 percent year-on-year in 2013 to reach NT$2.32 trillion.

Strong orders for Apple smartphones and the popularity of long-term evolution (LTE) — a super-fast wireless technology — will be the forces behind the growth, MIC said.

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