March sales up 11.4 percent compared to last year; year-to-year sales increase across all regions
WASHINGTON—May 5, 2014—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $78.47 billion during the first quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever first quarter sales. Global sales reached $26.16 billion for the month of March 2014, an increase of 11.4 percent from March 2013 when sales were $23.48 billion and a slight uptick of 0.4 percent compared to last month’s total of $26.04 billion. Regionally, sales in the Americas increased by 16.1 percent compared to last March, and year-to-year sales increased across all regions. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.
“The global semiconductor market has demonstrated consistent momentum in recent months, and sales are well ahead of last year’s pace through the first quarter of 2014,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Perhaps most impressively, sales in March increased across all regions and every semiconductor product category compared to last year, demonstrating the market’s broad and diverse strength.”
Regionally, year-to-year sales increased in the Americas (16.1 percent), Asia Pacific (12.9 percent), Europe (8 percent), and Japan (0.4 percent), marking the first time in more than three years that year-to-year sales increased across all regions. Sales were up compared to the previous month in Europe (3.9 percent), Asia Pacific (1.4 percent), and Japan (0.3 percent), but down slightly in the Americas (-4.3 percent).
“Although recent semiconductor sales are encouraging, one threat to the semiconductor market’s continued growth and America’s overall economic strength is the innovation deficit – the gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and higher education,” Toohey continued. “Policymakers should act swiftly to close the innovation deficit by committing to robust and sustained investments in basic scientific research and higher education.”
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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 United States. In 2013, U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $155 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.
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.