WSTS Semiconductor Market Forecast Spring 2006
Spring Forecast Meeting 16 May to 19 May 2006, Sapporo, Japan
WSTS Projects 10.1 percent global semiconductor growth in 2006
Worldwide Chip Market to Grow 11 percent in 2007, 12.8 percent in 2008
The global semiconductor market is expected to grow 10.1 percent on an annualized basis to $250 billion in 2006, according to the spring forecast of the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS). Projected growth in the worldwide semiconductor market will accelerate to 11.0 percent in 2007 and 12.8 percent in 2008 with Asia-Pacific being the largest and fastest growing regional market.
The WSTS 2006 projection is higher than the forecast released last autumn, which estimated an 8.0 percent growth for the year. The WSTS foresees a continuation of the growing demand enhanced by increasing semiconductor content for electronic products such as PCs, digital consumer appliances and mobile communications within a challenging but generally healthy world economy.
The current forecast assumes a consistent growth scenario as the industry anticipates positive growth throughout the forecasting period with low double-digit growth in 2006 followed by two more years of solid double-digit growth until 2008. While the forecasted semiconductor market does not show a pronounced cyclical pattern, several geographic regions and product groups maintain cycles similar to historical patterns. Asia Pacific continues to be seen as the fastest growing region, to a lesser extent because of a continuing shift in manufacturing but rather more due to rising domestic demand in this region.
For further information, please consult (click on name for email address):
|In the Americas||Jeff Elliott||Americas Vice Chairman||+1(408)433 8253|
|In Europe||Patrice Vaslot||Europe Vice Chairman||+33(1)5807 7763|
|In Japan||Toshio Ichiyama||Japan Vice Chairman||+81(3)5201 5046|
|In Asia Pacific||Tony Huang||Asia Pacific Vice Chairman||+886(2)81777168x1368|
|For the World||Mike Lee||World Chairman||+82(31)208 3513|