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Semiconductor capex spending in ASEAN rises

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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IC Insights has unveiled the details of its latest report that covers semiconductor industry capital spending trends and traced the sales of the top 10 semiconductor companies way back to 1985. In 1990, six Japanese companies were counted among the top 10 leaders in semiconductor sales. In that yearin many ways, the peak of its semiconductor manufacturing and market strengthJapanese companies accounted for 51 per cent of total semiconductor capital spending.

North American companies accounted for 31 per cent of semiconductor capex in 1990 and the Asia-Pacific region captured 10 per cent share, slightly ahead of the eight per cent held by European companies. For perspective, Japan's share of semi capex in 1990 was 20 points more than North America, 41 points more than Asia-Pacific, and 43 points more than Europe.

After reaching its highest-ever share of capital spending in 1990, Japan relinquished 20 points of market share and in five years trailed North America in semiconductor capital spending. Economic malaise forced many of Japan's strongest semiconductor companies to trim capex budgets and re-evaluate long-term strategic business plans. At the same time, Japan was also feeling competitive pressure from South Korea, which had developed a strong memory manufacturing presence of its own; and from Taiwan, where the foundry business model was beginning to prosper. In 1998, Japan trailed not only the North America region in semiconductor capital spending, but the Asia-Pacific region as well. Fast-forward to 2010 and Japan and Asia-Pacific had essentially swapped places in terms of semiconductor capex market share. In 1H13, Japan's share of total semiconductor capital spending had dwindled to seven per cent.

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