TSMC big­gest in­vestor in re­search and devel­op­ment in 2014: data

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. (TSMC, )topped the list of com­pa­nies in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try traded in Tai­wan’s over-the-counter and listed stock mar­kets in terms of re­search and devel­op­ment in­vest­ment last year, ac­cord­ing to data pub­lished on Wed­nes­day by the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs.

The com­pany spent NT$56.8 bil­lion ( US$1.82 bil­lion), a yearon-year growth of 18.1 per­cent. It was fol­lowed by Hon Hai Pre­ci­sion In­dus­try Co. ( ), which spent NT$48.9 bil­lion, the data shows. IC designer Me­di­aTek Inc. (

) came in third, spend­ing NT$ 43.3 bil­lion, a whop­ping growth of 63.8 per­cent year-on- year. Its R&D spend­ing ac­counted for 20.3 per­cent of its busi­ness rev­enues, the high­est ra­tio among the top five R&D in­vestors.

Mean­while, United Mi­cro­elec­tron­ics Corp. (UMC, ) in­vested NT$13.7 bil­lion in the area, rank­ing it the fourth-largest in terms of R&D in­vest­ment, while Wistron Corp. ( ) placed fifth, spend­ing NT$13.4 bil­lion.

Smart­phone maker HTC Corp. ( ) slipped out of the top five to take sixth place in the R&D in­vest­ment rank­ings, ac­cord­ing to the data.

The data also shows that the ag­gre­gated busi­ness turnover of th­ese man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies also hit a record US$23.42 tril­lion, up 5.1 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

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