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