Tai­wan science parks’ sales hit new high in H1: science min­istry

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The lo­cal semi­con­duc­tor sec­tor served as a driver to sales growth for Tai­wan’s science-based parks, help­ing the ma­jor high-tech pro­duc­tion bases here achieve a record high in rev­enue in the first half of this year, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (MOST).

Sta­tis­tics com­piled by the MOST showed that science parks in Tai­wan posted NT$1.13 tril­lion ( US$34.66 bil­lion) in sales for the Jan­uary-June pe­riod, up 6.47 per­cent from a year ear­lier, mark­ing a fresh high.

In the six-month pe­riod, the three largest science parks in Tai­wan — Hs­inchu Science Park ( ), Cen­tral Tai­wan Science Park ( ), and South­ern Tai­wan Science Park — all recorded growth in sales, the min­istry said.

For Hs­inchu Science Park, lo­cated in north­ern Tai­wan county of the same name, its sales grew 2.79 per­cent from a year ear­lier to NT$547.1 bil­lion, while sales in the Cen­tral Tai­wan Science Park in Taichung rose 0.99 per­cent year-on-year to NT$241.7 bil­lion, and rev­enue in the South­ern Tai­wan Science Park jumped 17.64 per­cent from a year ago to NT$344.7 bil­lion.

The MOST said that the sig­nif­i­cant sales growth in the South­ern Tai­wan Science Park largely re­flected an in­crease in ship­ments of newly launched semi­con­duc­tor prod­ucts dur­ing this pe­riod.

The three science parks house pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties of the ma­jor in­te­grated cir­cuit firms in Tai­wan. Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. ( ), the world’s largest con­tract chip maker, op­er­ates wafer plants in the parks.

Sta­tis­tics showed that rev­enue posted by plants owned by the lo­cal semi­con­duc­tor sec­tor in the science parks rose 13.55 per­cent year-onyear in the first half of this year, sales recorded by the in­for­ma­tion sec­tor grew 11.27 per­cent, sales reg­is­tered by the pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ery sec­tor climbed 11.15 per­cent, and rev­enue posted by the biotech sec­tor rose 18.87 per­cent.

Ex­ports of Tai­wan’s science parks dur­ing the first half of this year rose 1.15 per­cent from a year ear­lier to NT$666.5 bil­lion with out­bound sales posted by semi­con­duc­tor firms lo­cated in the science parks up 73.45 per­cent year-on-year on the back of strong de­mand for semi­con­duc­tor pro­duc­tion equip­ment, the MOST said.

In the six-month pe­riod, the value of prod­ucts im­ported by Tai­wan’s science parks fell 7.31 per­cent yearon-year to NT367.5 bil­lion, the min­istry added.

Look­ing ahead, the min­istry said that sales for the sec­ond half of this year could be af­fected by es­ca­lat­ing com­pe­ti­tion from China, which is gear­ing up to build its own sup­ply chain in the high-tech in­dus­try.

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