Chinas semiconductor market to shrink 5.8 percent in 2009

January 24th, 2009 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Chinas semiconductor market is expected to shrink 5.8 percent in 2009, the first significant setback for the industry, a market report has said.

Total sales of chips is forecast to drop to 72 billion dollars in 2009 from 76.5 dollars billion a year before, US-based market research firm iSuppli said in its latest report.

The project sales fall would add to the woes of the global semiconductor market, which is expected to drop 9.4 percent this year, the China Daily quoted the report, as saying.

Such a downturn is remarkable for an region long regarded as a vigorous and reliable growth driver for the global semiconductor market, Kevin Wang, senior manager of China research at iSuppli, said in a statement.

Even in 2001, when global semiconductor revenue plunged by 28.6 percent, the China market managed to surge by 24.4 percent. With global semiconductor revenue expected to decline in 2009, and with consumer confidence at risk of falling further, the outlook of Chinas semiconductor industry could be even dimmer than iSuppli forecast.

In 2008, Chinas semiconductor market shrank by 0.1 percent, which iSuppli billed as a flat year.

The market is projected to resume growth in 2010, with revenue rebounding by an estimated 9 percent, followed by an 11 percent increase in 2011, iSuppli said. (ANI)

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