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Asia-Pacific edges closer to 50% of chip market

Posted: 06 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Peter Clarke? semiconductor? World Semiconductor Trade Statistics? Semiconductor Industry Association? SIA?

The Asia-Pacific region moved closer to 50 percent of the worldwide market for semiconductors in December, according to figures collated by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics and reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Asia-Pacific recorded sales of $9.31 billion as a three-month average of actual sales in October, November and December, or 46.6 percent of the worldwide total of $19.95 billion.

Compared to the same month a year before Asia-Pacific sales were up 20.1 percent. The Americas region, with three-month average sales of 14.6 percent also performed well and these two compensated for declines in Europe and Japan.

Europe's three-month average for December was $3.32 billion down 5.9 percent from December 2004. Japan scored $3.62 billion down 6.2 percent from a year before.

George Scalise, president of the SIA, said that semiconductor sales data reflect the continuing shift of electronics manufacturing operations to the Asia-Pacific region in general and to China in particular.

"Sales of semiconductors in the Asia-Pacific region reached $9.3 billion in December 2005a 20 percent increase from December 2004," said Scalise in a statement. "This region represented 46.6 percent of the global market for microchips at year end. The largest share of the market is in China, which has become the world's leading manufacturer of electronics products."

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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