Americas region resurgent in global chip market
The global chip market that has recorded its fourteenth consecutive month of year-on-year growth with a three-month average sales figure of almost $36 billion in September, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association reporting figures compiled by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. The record-breaking figure was an increase of 22.2 percent over September 2016’s three-month average of $29.4 billion.
The Americas’ region with a three-month average of $8.0 billion of sales showed an exceptional annual growth rate of 40.7 percent while some other regions fell back from previous growth rate highs.
Europe improved its annual growth rate with three-month average sales in September of $3.28 billion. The year-on-year growth was up 19.0 percent but the market is less than half the size of the US and less than a third the size of the Chinese chip market.
Three-month average of sales for August and September 2017. Source: SIA/WSTS
The Asia-Pacific and China regions fell back from annual growth rates of above 20 percent in previous months to 16.8 and 19.9 percent respectively in September. Similarly, Japan showed relatively low growth in its market of 11.9 percent.
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“Global semiconductor sales increased sharply year-to-year in September, and year-to-date sales through September are more than 20 percent higher than at the same point last year,” said John Neuffer, SIA CEO, in a statement. “Standouts among semiconductor product categories included memory products like DRAM and NAND flash, both of which posted major year-to-year growth in September, as well as logic products, which enjoyed double-digit growth year-to-year,” said Neuffer.
Monthly data is given by the SIA and the ESIA as a three-month average, with the exception of year-to-date figures, although the WSTS organization tracks actual monthly data. The SIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies opt to use averaged data because it evens out the actual data that typically shows troughs at the beginnings of quarters and peaks at the ends of quarters.
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