IC production to decline in Q1 yet grow in 2013
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's semiconductor production value is expected to decline in the first quarter yet enjoy an overall increase for 2013, the Industry and Technology Intelligence Service (ITIS) under Ministry of Economic Affairs' Department of Commerce said yesterday.
February 21, 2013, 12:35 am TWN
According to ITIS, production of semiconductors, or integrated circuits (IC), totaled NT$415.1 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, a decline of 5.6 percent from the third quarter.
Contract manufacturers had production value of NT$206.3 billion, a decline of 7.9 percent quarter-on-quarter. IC design production reached NT$107.5 billion, declining 5.3 percent. IC packaging had NT$70 billion, dropping 1 percent. IC testing had NT$31.3 billion, declining by the smallest margin of 0.9 percent.
As for this year, Taiwan's overall IC production in the current quarter is expected to hit NT$392.6 billion, falling 5.4 percent quarter-on-quarter, on inventory adjustment efforts by clients during the slow season of the first quarter, ITIS said.
By sub-sector, IC design and contract manufacturing are expected to see production values of NT$101.6 billion and NT$201 billion, respectively, a decline of 5.5 percent and 2.6 percent quarter-on-quarter.
Yet according to ITIS, the industry will bottom out in the second and third quarters. For this year, total semiconductor production value is expected to hit NT$1.78 trillion, a rise of 9.3 percent from 2012. Each sub-sector is expected to see growth of over 9 percent, it said.