Country Report - Taiwan

Country Report - Taiwan
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Taiwan’s electronics industry is dominated by a relatively small number of large groups. In addition to the capital- intensive semiconductor and display companies the country also has a significant number of ODMs/EMS which hold a major share in the global production of computer and communications products. Taiwanese companies are also important in the production of electronic components. Electronics output increased by 2.5% in 2019. On the equipment side, a surge in the production of computers and related equipment and a more modest increase in the communications segment was offset by a decline in the industrial and consumer segments. The components segment, which accounted for 80% of overall of electronics production in 2019, fell by a modest 0.4% primarily on the back of a 4.5% decline in passive components output. Semiconductor production represents the major sector of the Taiwanese electronics industry. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), the world’s leading and fourth placed semiconductor foundries are both Taiwanese companies with significant wafer fabrication capacity in the country. With Taiwan also having a number of companies focused on memory, including Inotera (a subsidiary of the US company Micron Technology) and Powerchip Semiconductor, as well as assembly, package, test and design capacity it is a major player throughout the semiconductor supply chain. Semiconductor output increased by 5.9% in 2017 and 4.8% in 2018 but eased to only 0.1% in 2019 on the back of the global slowdown in the semiconductor market. Growth in the core IC segment will post slightly higher output over the same period increasing by 8.3% and 7.7% in 2017 and 2018, respectively before easing to 1.7% in 2019. Boosted by the demand for leading-edge foundry technologies and the growth in memory IC output could reach 10.0% in 2020, this despite the impact of COVD-19. The once dominant computer sector, which had previously accounted for over 50% of electronics production in 2000, declined sharply as the leading Taiwanese manufacturers moved production to China. However, since 2016 the production of computer and related equipment has posted year on year growth. In 2019, output surged as the leading Taiwanese ODMs reshored production increasing the segments share of total electronics output to 8.1% up from 4.7% in 2015. In 2020, lockdown measures and the move to work from home has boosted demand globally, especially in the second quarter, and should lead to growth of around 10.0%. However, this will be dependent on demand remaining relatively stable in the second half of the year.

Table of Contents

Economic Overview
Industry Structure
Production Data 2017-2020
Market Data 2017-2023
Methodologies/Guide to Statistics

Product Coverage

Computing
Office Equipment
Control & Instrumentation
Medical & Industrial
Radio Communications
Telecommunications
Consumer
Semiconductors
Passive Components
Other Components

The Taiwanese Electronics Industry Report provides essential market intelligence for all sizes of company from small enterprises to major global groups and for financial/management consultancies, government agencies and academia requiring a reliable overview of the electronics industry in Taiwan.

Last Update: August 2020

 

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