Semiconductor Industry Posts Near-Record Sales Total in 2012

         Semiconductor Industry Posts Near-Record Sales Total in 2012

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2013

Year-end global sales lag slightly behind 2011 but outperform industry

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Semiconductor Industry
Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing
and design, today announced that worldwide semiconductor sales for 2012
reached $291.6 billion, the industry's third-highest yearly total ever but a
decrease of 2.7 percent from the record total of $299.5 billion set in 2011.
Total sales for the year narrowly beat expectations from the World
Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization's industry forecast. Global
sales for the month of December 2012 hit $24.7 billion, a decline of 3 percent
from the previous month when sales were $25.5 billion. Fourth quarter sales of
$74.2 billion were 3.8 percent higher than the total of $71.5 billion from the
fourth quarter of 2011. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month
moving average.

"Despite substantial macroeconomic challenges, the global semiconductor
industry outperformed forecasts and posted one of its highest yearly sales
totals in 2012," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry
Association. "Recent momentum, led by strength in the Americas, has the
industry well-positioned for a successful 2013." 

The industry saw strong demand in several market segments during 2012. Logic
was the largest semiconductor category, reaching $81.7 billion in 2012, a 3.7
percent increase compared to 2011. MOS microprocessors ($60.2 billion) and
memory ($57 billion) rounded out the top three segments, but both lagged
behind 2011 sales totals. Optoelectronics was the fastest growing market on a
yearly basis, increasing 13.4 percent in 2012 to reach $26.2 billion for the
year. Optoelectronic applications offer energy efficiency and low cost in a
wide range of products including mobile devices and cameras. NAND flash –
used in a host of mobile devices, USB flash drives, memory cards and related
products for the storage and transfer of data – grew at the second-fastest
rate of 4.1 percent to reach $25.4 billion in 2012.

Regionally, the Americas continued to show signs of strength, increasing sales
by 13.4 percent in December 2012 compared to December 2011 and by 12 percent
in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2012, but
ongoing economic and policy uncertainty continues to pose risks to the
near-term market outlook. Sales in Asia Pacific during December also increased
compared to the same month in 2011 (6.7 percent), while sales in Europe (-5.5
percent) and Japan (-11.2 percent) decreased over the same period. Total
yearly sales in all four regions were lower in 2012 than 2011, with Asia
Pacific (-0.6 percent) and the Americas (-1.5 percent) seeing the smallest

"Despite lingering economic and policy uncertainty, the U.S. semiconductor
market continues to show signs of strength, posting impressive growth in
December," continued Toohey. "As the foundation of all modern electronics,
semiconductors are critical to America's economic strength, national security
and global competitiveness. By enacting measures that foster growth and remove
uncertainty, policymakers can further strengthen the industry and help unlock
its full potential in 2013 and beyond."

SIA's 2013 Policy Roadmap is available here.

December 2012
Market                                    Last Month    Current Month % Change
Americas                                  5.02          4.94          -1.5%
Europe                                    2.80          2.63          -6.4%
Japan                                     3.41          3.19          -6.5%
Asia Pacific                              14.28         13.98         -2.1%
Total                                     25.51         24.74         -3.0%
Market                                    Last Year     Current Month % Change
Americas                                  4.36          4.94          13.4%
Europe                                    2.78          2.63          -5.5%
Japan                                     3.59          3.19          -11.2%
Asia Pacific                              13.10         13.98         6.7%
Total                                     23.83         24.74         3.8%
Three-Month-Moving Average Sales
Market                                    July/Aug/Sept Oct/Nov/Dec   % Change
Americas                                  4.42          4.94          12.0%
Europe                                    2.79          2.63          -5.8%
Japan                                     3.65          3.19          -12.5%
Asia Pacific                              13.96         13.98         0.1%
Total                                     24.81         24.74         -0.3%

About the SIA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S.
semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a key
driver of America's economic strength, national security and global
competitiveness. Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern
electronics – enable the systems and products that we use to work,
communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new
scientific discoveries.

The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million
people in the U.S. In 2011, U.S. semiconductor sales totaled more than $150
billion, and semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics
industry possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA
unites companies that account for 80 percent of America's semiconductor
production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of
semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the
Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies and
regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international
competition. Learn more at

Media Contact
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Semiconductor Industry Association

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