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Taiwan IC output expected to rise 14.3% in Q2

2012/05/16 13:41:49

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan's IC industry is expected to see a significant increase in its output value in the second quarter, driven by strong sales of smartphones, robust demand for LCD TVs and the recovery of the semiconductor industry, according to a report released Wednesday.

Total output is projected to reach NT$411.5 billion, up 14.3 percent from the first quarter, said the report compiled by the Industry and Technology Intelligence Services under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Among the IC industry's four main sub-sectors, IC manufacturing will grow the most, with its production value expected to rise 16.3 percent to NT$210.3 billion, the report predicted.

IC design output is expected to grow 12.5 percent to NT$100.7 billion, IC packaging output should grow 12.1 percent to NT$69.5 billion, and IC testing value is expected to gain 11.9 percent to NT$31 billion, the report indicated.

In the first quarter, the industry's production value dropped 3.1 percent from the previous quarter to NT$360.1 billion because of the low season effect.

IC manufacturing saw its output fall 0.6 percent to NT$180.9 billion, and IC design value was down 5.4 percent to NT$89.5 billion.

IC packaging output declined 5.6 percent to NT$62 billion, and IC testing output lost 5.8 percent to NT$27.7 billion, according to the report.

(By Jackson Chang and Y.F. Low)