Semiconductor Industry Posts Record Sales in 2013

              Semiconductor Industry Posts Record Sales in 2013

Global sales increase 4.8 percent in 2013, reaching highest-ever total of
$305.6 billion; sales in Americas increase 13.1 percent

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Semiconductor Industry
Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing
and design, today announced that worldwide semiconductor sales for 2013
reached $305.6 billion, the industry's highest-ever annual total and an
increase of 4.8 percent from the 2012 total of $291.6 billion. Global sales
for the month of December 2013 reached $26.6 billion, marking the strongest
December on record, while December sales in the Americas increased 17.3
percent year-over-year. Fourth quarter global sales of $79.9 billion were 7.7
percent higher than the total of $74.2 billion from the fourth quarter of
2012. Total sales for the year narrowly exceeded expectations from the World
Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization's industry forecast. All
monthly sales numbers are compiled by WSTS and represent a three-month moving

"The global semiconductor industry exceeded $300 billion in sales for the
first time ever in 2013, spurred by consistent, steady growth across nearly
all regions and product categories," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO,
Semiconductor Industry Association. "The industry finished the year on a
strong note with its best December on record, indicating that recent momentum
is likely to carry over into 2014." 

The industry saw strong demand in several product segments during 2013. Logic
was the largest semiconductor category by sales, reaching $85.9 billion in
2013, a 5.2 percent increase compared to 2012. Memory at $67.0 billion and MOS
micro-ICs at $58.7 billion rounded out the top three segments in terms of
sales revenue. Memory was the fastest growing segment, increasing 17.6 percent
in 2013. Within memory, DRAM performed particularly well, increasing by 33.3
percent year-over-year, while NAND flash experienced strong growth of 8.1
percent. Other positively performing product segments include optoelectronic
products, which reached $27.6 billion in sales (5.3 percent annual increase)
and analog, which reached $40.1 billion in sales (2.1 percent annual

Regionally, the Americas market continued to show signs of strength,
increasing annual sales by 13.1 percent in 2013. Annual sales also increased
in Asia Pacific (7.0 percent) and Europe (5.2 percent), but fell sharply in
Japan (-15.2 percent) in part due to the devaluation of the Japanese yen.
Sales trend lines for Europe and Japan are pointed in the right direction,
perhaps indicating that 2014 could be a stronger year for both regions.
Although semiconductor sales in Q3 are often stronger than Q4, sales in the
Americas grew by 4.5 percent in Q4, defying seasonal trends.

"The U.S. semiconductor market grew nearly three times faster than the global
semiconductor market, despite lingering macroeconomic headwinds," continued
Toohey. "Policymakers can help maintain and expand this growth by enacting
policies that promote innovation and open markets. President Obama expressed
support for several pro-growth policies – including basic research funding,
immigration reform, and meaningful trade agreements – during his State of the
Union Address last week. For the Administration and Congress, now is the time
for action on these critical policy priorities."

To find out how to purchase the WSTS Subscription Package, which includes
comprehensive monthly semiconductor sales data and detailed WSTS Forecasts,
please visit

December 2013
Market                                    Last Month    Current Month % Change
Americas                                  5.87          5.80          -1.3%
Europe                                    3.08          2.96          -3.9%
Japan                                     3.07          2.93          -4.8%
Asia Pacific                              15.16         14.96         -1.3%
Total                                     27.19         26.65         -2.0%
Market                                    Last Year     Current Month % Change
Americas                                  4.94          5.80          17.3%
Europe                                    2.63          2.96          12.7%
Japan                                     3.19          2.93          -8.2%
Asia Pacific                              13.98         14.96         7.1%
Total                                     24.74         26.65         7.7%
Three-Month-Moving Average Sales
Market                                    July/Aug/Sept Oct/Nov/Dec   % Change
Americas                                  5.55          5.80          4.5%
Europe                                    2.98          2.96          -0.9%
Japan                                     3.15          2.93          -7.0%
Asia Pacific                              15.17         14.96         -1.4%
Total                                     26.85         26.65         -0.8%
Market                                    Last Year     Current Year  % Change
Americas                                  54.36         61.50         13.1%
Europe                                    33.16         34.88         5.2%
Japan                                     41.06         34.80         -15.2%
Asia Pacific                              162.98        174.41        7.0%
Total                                     291.56        305.58        4.8%

About 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 2012, U.S. semiconductor sales
totaled more than $146 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

About WSTS

World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) is an independent non-profit
organization representing the vast majority of the world semiconductor
industry. The mission of WSTS is to be the respected source of semiconductor
market data and forecasts. Founded in 1986, WSTS is the singular source for
monthly industry shipment statistics.

Media Contact
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Semiconductor Industry Association

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