Global semiconductor industry sales were $40bn during April 2023, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. This is an increase of 0.3% from March’s $39.8bn, but 21.6% less than April last year, which was $50.9bn.
SIA President and CEO John Neuffer said the market remained in a cyclical downturn, but hoped the slight month-to-month increase heralded the coming of better times ahead.
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization released a spring 2023 global semiconductor forecast, which was endorsed by the SIA. The forecast predicted the annual global sales would be $515.1bn this year. This is down from the $574.1bn achieved in 2022, but the WSTS predicted the market would achieve its highest-ever total at $576.0bn in 2024.
Despite the chip shortage lessening, the new challenge facing the industry is scaling up to the new level of demand. The step-up from the older legacy technology often used in consumer goods to newer, more advanced tech is taking time. And currently, this is causing stockpiles of certain chips while others are scarce.
This is one of the reasons why shortages are persisting in some areas of the industry, while other areas have mostly recovered.
Worldwide chip production in general is increasing, alongside investments in new equipment and plants. But there still seems to be inventory for certain products that isn’t decreasing. The automotive and EV market is still seeing persistent shortages. Certain automotive companies are struggling with legacy chip availability, while EV makers are trying to stock new tech iterations.
Some predict there will be another chip shortage, despite the introduction of the CHIPS Act. Influencing areas of development, including AI, IoT and 5G will affect demand, but the uncertainty is to what extent it will be affected. Another uncertainty is the likelihood of geopolitical events or natural disasters, which cannot be predicted. This may shut factories or affect transportation, and change the semiconductor output overnight.
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