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22 Novembre 2022

Taiwan

PRODUCTION OF CHIP EQUIPMENT SOARS

The value of Taiwan’s semiconductor production equipment sector is likely to top NT$100 billion (US$3.21 billion) amid continued strong global demand for emerging technologies, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said.The ministry made the estimate last week after reporting that the output value of Taiwan-made semiconductor equipment for the first eight months of this year rose 16.5 percent from a year earlier to NT$86.5 billion.If the forecast is correct, the production value of Taiwan’s semiconductor equipment would surpass NT$100 billion for the second consecutive year.Last year, the sector’s output was NT$118.6 billion, up 33.6 percent compared with 2020, the ministry said.Taiwanese semiconductor companies are keen to invest in high-end processes, which has helped strengthen the industry amid high global demand for emerging technologies such as 5G applications, the Internet of Things, high-performance computing devices and automotive electronics, the ministry said.Although the semiconductor industry has scaled back its spending for this year due to inventory adjustments, this is a temporary measure for most firms, and demand for equipment is expected to remain solid this year, the ministry added.Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, is to cut its capital expenditure budget for this year to US$36 billion from the lower end of an earlier forecast of between US$40 billion and US$44 billion, citing short-term market uncertainty.However, TSMC is still a market leader based on its total capital expenditure, as it continues developing advanced technologies, including its 3-nanometer and 2-nanometer processes, to maintain a lead over its peers, analysts said.Taiwan is the most important chip production hub in the world, with many foreign IC makers coming here to invest, the ministry said.Since 2012, the output of the local semiconductor equipment industry has grown annually, and from 2012 to last year, average annual output grew 17.7 percent, the ministry added.Taiwanese equipment suppliers have intensified efforts to explore business opportunities overseas, resulting in exports accounting for 45.7 percent of their total sales last year, up 14.8 percentage points compared with 2016, the ministry said.Last year, exports of Taiwan’s semiconductor equipment totaled US$2.46 billion, a year-on-year increase of 63.2 percent, it said.China was the largest buyer of Taiwan-made semiconductor equipment, with purchases making up 45 percent of Taiwan’s total exports last year, ahead of Singapore (21.2 percent), the US (12.7 percent) and Malaysia (6.9 percent), the ministry said.Wed, Nov 16, 2022 page11Staff writer, with CNA (ICE TAIPEI)


Fonte notizia: Organi di Stampa - Taipei Times