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Discrete semiconductors to grow 12 percent annually

Posted: 27 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:discrete semiconductor component? diodes? transistors? power transistors? optoelectronic components?

Production of discrete semiconductor components in mainland China is forecast to reach 333 billion units, valued at $6.57 billion, by 2007, up 135.34 percent from last year, according to statistics from the China Center of Information Industry Development (CCID). An estimated 141.5 billion units were produced last year, a 12.02 percent growth year-on-year.

Yangzhou JingLai Semiconductor Group Co. Ltd targets 30 percent production growth this year, says Zhang Chun-lin, sales manager. Consumer electronics, PCs and network communications are the largest demand drivers, accounting for 63 percent of mainland sales in 2002. "I believe that the semiconductor lighting market will generate huge demand this year," Zhang said. "It is our strong focus."

Zhang forecasts that the discrete semiconductor components industry will maintain a stable growth in the next five years, expecting an average annual compound growth of at least 12 percent.

"All signs indicate that as the U.S. economy improves, this year's export will gain a robust growth over the 2003 level. So far, quite a few of the orders we accept are from the United States, and the demand is quite high," Zhang said. He expects the industry to achieve a sales and export growth of over 20 percent this 2004. JingLai is targeting at a 20 percent sales growth.

PCs and peripherals account for 26.7 percent of the total sales turnover, CCID figures show. Sales to the semiconductor lighting market posted a 41 percent growth. The car-electronics and LED-display markets registered growth of 40.4 percent and 31.2 percent, respectively.

Statistics show that diodes, transistors, power transistors and optoelectronic components dominate mainland production and sales. In 2002, sales volume of power transistors reached $1.18 billion; diodes, $878 million; optoelectronic components, $580 million; and transistors, $802 million. More than two-thirds of the mainland output is shipped to international markets.

Apart from JingLai, the largest discrete semiconductors makers in mainland China, at present, are Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Co. Ltd, China Resources Microelectronics (Holdings) Ltd, Jilin Huaxing Electronics Technology Co. Ltd and Tianjin Zhonghuan Electronics & Information Group. Local makers believe that their high-power thyristors will have a competitive edge over their international counterparts.

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