Even After Sales Mark in 2013, Semis Momentum Still in Place Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Monday, 03 February 2014 16:35

WASHINGTON — Worldwide semiconductor sales for 2013 reached $305.6 billion, the highest-ever annual total, the Semiconductor Industry Association announced today. Sales were up 4.8% over 2012, as a record-setting December ($26.6 billion) pushed the industry past its previous mark.

The Americas were particularly strong, as December sales increased 17.3% year-over-year.

Overall fourth-quarter global sales rose 7.7% from 2012 to $79.9 billion.

Total sales for the year narrowly exceeded expectations from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization’s industry forecast. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by WSTS and represent a three-month moving average.

“The global semiconductor industry exceeded $300 billion in sales for the first time ever in 2013, spurred by consistent, steady growth across nearly all regions and product categories,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, SIA, “The industry finished the year on a strong note with its best December on record, indicating that recent momentum is likely to carry over into 2014.”

The industry saw strong demand in several product segments during 2013. Logic was the largest semiconductor category by sales, reaching $85.9 billion in 2013, a 5.2% increase compared to 2012. Memory at $67 billion and MOS micro-ICs at $58.7 billion rounded out the top three segments in terms of sales revenue. Memory was the fastest growing segment, increasing 17.6% in 2013. Within memory, DRAM performed particularly well, increasing 33.3% year-over-year, while NAND flash experienced growth of 8.1%. Other positively performing product segments include optoelectronic products, which reached $27.6 billion in sales (5.3 percent annual increase) and analog, which reached $40.1 billion in sales (2.1% annual increase).

Regionally, the Americas market continued to show signs of strength, increasing annual sales by 13.1% in 2013. Annual sales also increased in Asia Pacific (7%) and Europe (5.2%), but fell sharply in Japan (-15.2%) in part due to the devaluation of the Japanese yen. Sales trend lines for Europe and Japan are pointed in the right direction, perhaps indicating that 2014 could be a stronger year for both regions. Although semiconductor sales in the September quarter are often stronger than the December period, sales in the Americas grew 4.5% in the fourth quarter, defying seasonal trends.

“The US semiconductor market grew nearly three times faster than the global semiconductor market, despite lingering macroeconomic headwinds,” continued Toohey. “Policymakers can help maintain and expand this growth by enacting policies that promote innovation and open markets. President Obama expressed support for several pro-growth policies – including basic research funding, immigration reform, and meaningful trade agreements – during his State of the Union Address last week. For the Administration and Congress, now is the time for action on these critical policy priorities.”

December 2013

 

 

 

Billions

 

 

 

Month-to-Month Sales

 

 

 

Market

Last Month

Current Month

% Change

Americas

5.87

5.80

-1.3%

Europe

3.08

2.96

-3.9%

Japan

3.07

2.93

-4.8%

Asia Pacific

15.16

14.96

-1.3%

Total

27.19

26.65

-2.0%

 

 

 

 

Year-to-Year Sales

 

 

 

Market

Last Year

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.94

5.80

17.3%

Europe

2.63

2.96

12.7%

Japan

3.19

2.93

-8.2%

Asia Pacific

13.98

14.96

7.1%

Total

24.74

26.65

7.7%

 

 

 

 

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

 

 

 

Market

July/Aug/Sept

Oct/Nov/Dec

% Change

Americas

5.55

5.80

4.5%

Europe

2.98

2.96

-0.9%

Japan

3.15

2.93

-7.0%

Asia Pacific

15.17

14.96

-1.4%

Total

26.85

26.65

-0.8%

 

 

 

 

Year-to-Date

 

 

 

Market

Last Year

Current Year

% Change

Americas

54.36

61.50

13.1%

Europe

33.16

34.88

5.2%

Japan

41.06

34.80

-15.2%

Asia Pacific

162.98

174.41

7.0%

Total

291.56

305.58

4.8%

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 16:38
 

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