Study: Chip market off 13.5 per cent in 2001

According to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), the market will drop to $US176.8 billion in 2001 from $US204.4 billion in 2000. This contrasts with a forecasted growth rate of 20.3 per cent for 2001 during the third quarter 2000, according to the organisation that represents about 90 per cent of the world semiconductor industry in a statement.

The slowdown in the US economy and inventory problems by semiconductor makers contributed to the negative growth rate, said Bill Jewell WSTS's Americas vice chairman and a market analyst for Texas Instruments. The first quarter of 2001 saw semiconductor revenue drop 19 per cent, the sharpest decline since the WSTS's creation in 1982, he said.

"A lot of that was due to inventory corrections," Jewell said.

The WSTS suggests that the downturn in semiconductor sales should come to an end by the middle of 2001, and the third quarter of the year should offer positive growth in all major global markets and product segments. Microcomponents and memory chips will lead the market rebound, the WSTS said.

The regional breakdown is as follows:

-- Americas: $US64.1 billion in 2000, $US50.4 billion in 2001 and $US57.3 billion in 2002

-- Europe: $US42.3 billion in 2000, $US39.8 billion in 2001 and $US45.3 billion in 2002

-- Japan: $US46.7 billion in 2000, $US43.4 billion in 2001 and $US48.7 billion in 2002

-- Asia/ Pacific: $US51.3 billion in 2000, $US43.3 billion in 2001 and $US50.1 billion in 2002.

-- Totals for the world are $US204.4 billion in 2000, $US176.8 billion in 2001 and $US201.4 billion in 2002.

The growth rates for the regions all decline in 2001:

-- Americas: down 21.4 per cent

-- Europe: down 5.9 per cent

-- Japan: down 7.2 per cent

-- Asia/Pacific: down 15.6 per cent

-- The world total is down 13.5 per cent for 2001.

In contrast, the WSTS expects the semiconductor market to rebound in 2002 and grow 13.9 per cent to $US201.4 billion.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Evans

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?