WSTS Semiconductor Market Forecast Autumn 2006
Autumn Forecast Meeting 17 October to 20 October 2006, Redwood City, California, USA
WSTS Projects 8.5 percent global semiconductor growth in 2006
Worldwide Chip Market to Grow 8.6 percent in 2007, 12.1 percent in 2008
The global semiconductor market is expected to grow 8.5 percent on an annualized basis to $247 billion in 2006, according to the autumn forecast of the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS). Projected growth in the worldwide semiconductor market will moderately increase to 8.6 percent in 2007 and culminate with 12.1 percent in 2008, with Asia-Pacific being the largest regional market.
The WSTS autumn 2006 projection is lower than the forecast released this spring, which estimated a 10.1 percent growth for the year. The variances to the spring forecast relate to a few, albeit significant products, whereas the majority of products remained close to the patterns predicted in the spring. The most notable decline was in microcomputers.
The WSTS foresees a continuously growing demand for electronic products such as PCs, digital consumer appliances and mobile communications, enhanced by the increase of semiconductor content per installed system. These trends are expected to unfold in a challenging, yet generally healthy world economy.
The current forecast anticipates a consistent, positive growth throughout the forecasting period, peaking in 2008. While the forecasted semiconductor market does not show a pronounced cyclical pattern, some product groups maintain cycles similar to historical patterns. The Asia Pacific region continues to be the fastest growing geographical area, now primarily due to rising domestic demand, whereas the manufacturing shift had been the primary contributor to its past growth rate.
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|In the Americas||Jeff Elliott||Americas Vice Chairman||+1 (408) 433-8253|
|In Europe||Urs Rohrer||Europe Vice Chairman||+49 (89) 234-23537|
|In Japan||Hirozumi Misaki||Japan Vice Chairman||+81 (75) 956-9502|
|In Asia Pacific||Sung Kyu Kim||Asia Pacific Vice Chairman;||+82(31) 209-4080|
|For the World||Toshio Ogawa||World Chairman||+81 (3) 3457-3917|