Whereas previously WSTS was predicting a 12.1 percent market contraction in 2019 and 5.4 percent growth in 2020 (see WSTS dials down the chip market forecast ) the organization now foresees a 13.3 percent drop in 2019 followed by lower growth of 4.8 percent in 2020.
This will result in a global chip market in 2019 of $406.6 billion followed by a market in 2020 of $426.1 billion, the organization now states. In 2020, all geographic regions are forecasted to grow. Optoelectronics is expected to grow by 8.2 percent, while all other products are forecasted to grow in the low-to-mid single digit percentages compared to 2019.
As recently as March of 2019 the industry body was predicting the global chip market would only fall 3 percent and with memory omitted could even show growth. US-China trade tensions have continued to escalate and cast doubt on the market in 2019.
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