Foundries open 2019 on down note

Foundries open 2019 on down note
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TSMC and UMC, two leading pure-play foundries that are both based in Taiwan, started 2019 with year-on-year revenue declines in January.
By Peter Clarke

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January 2019 sales revenue at TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) fell by 2.1 percent compared with a year before, while sales at UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) were down 10.5 percent.

TSMC’s revenues for January were approximately NT$78.09 billion (about $2.53 billion), a decrease of 2.1 percent from January 2018 and a decrease of 13.1 percent from December 2018. The declining growth is in line with reports that TSMC may be seeing holds on orders for 7nm production due to oversupply of smartphones (see Report: Order downturn to leave TSMC with spare 7nm capacity ).

For rival foundry UMC January revenues were NT$11.795 billion (about US$382.5 million), down 10.5 percent from the same month a year before.

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