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Monday, August 07, 2017

Chip market sees best ever quarter

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

The semiconductor industry has seen its best ever quarter, driven by the revival in the US market but highlighting the cyclic nature of the business. The graph highlights that we potentially have several quarters of strong growth ahead, driven largely by the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 as well as automotive systems.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) says worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $97.9 billion during the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 5.8 percent over the previous quarter and 23.7 percent up on the second quarter of 2016.

Global sales for June 2017 reached $32.6 billion, up 2.0 percent over last month's total of $32.0 billion, and a surge of 23.7 percent compared to the June 2016 total of $26.4 billion. Cumulatively, year-to-date sales during the first half of 2017 were 20.8 percent higher than they were at the same point in 2016.

"The global semiconductor industry has enjoyed impressive sales growth midway through 2017, posting its highest-ever quarterly sales in Q2 and record monthly sales in June," said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Sales into the Americas market were particularly robust in June, and all regional markets saw growth of at least 18 percent year-over-year. Conditions are favourable for continued market growth in the months ahead."

Regionally, sales increased compared to June 2016 in the Americas (33.4 percent), China (25.5 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (19.5 percent), Europe (18.3 percent), and Japan (18.0 percent). Sales also were up across all regions compared to last month: the Americas (5.1 percent), Europe (1.9 percent), China (1.5 percent), Japan (1.0 percent), and Asia Pacific/All Other (0.8 percent).

This comes as the higher price of DRAM has driven Samsung to overtake Intel as the world's largest chip maker.

https://www.semiconductors.org/forms/sia_databook/.
June 2017



Billions



Month-to-Month Sales                              



Market
Last Month
Current Month
% Change
Americas
6.27
6.59
5.1%
Europe
3.11
3.16
1.9%
Japan
2.95
2.98
1.0%
China
10.25
10.41
1.5%
Asia Pacific/All Other
9.43
9.50
0.8%
Total
32.00
32.64
2.0%




Year-to-Year Sales                         



Market
Last Year
Current Month
% Change
Americas
4.94
6.59
33.4%
Europe
2.68
3.16
18.3%
Japan
2.52
2.98
18.0%
China
8.29
10.41
25.5%
Asia Pacific/All Other
7.95
9.50
19.5%
Total
26.38
32.64
23.7%




Three-Month-Moving Average Sales



Market
Jan/Feb/Mar
Apr/May/Jun
% Change
Americas
5.96
6.59
10.5%
Europe
2.96
3.16
7.1%
Japan
2.84
2.98
4.8%
China
10.06
10.41
3.4%
Asia Pacific/All Other
9.02
9.50
5.4%
Total
30.84
32.64
5.8%

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