Taiwan a crucial center for CE production
Taiwan maintains the most important global role in both the consumer electronics sector and ICT industry, manufacturing nearly any type of digital electronic good to any specification. But just how important is Taiwan?
From subway passengers releasing their inner American Idol while listening to their iPods to businesspeople sending emails from a beach through their smartphones, digital devices have become a way of life.What started inauspiciously with the Walkman has progressively morphed into portable computers, DVD players, MP3 devices, and handheld mobile phones. However, while the brands vary from gadget to gadget, one constant remains: the role of Taiwan in delivering these consumer electronic devices.Majority Market SharesAccording to the Market Intelligence Center (MIC), a Taipei-based ICT industry research firm, Taiwan is the world’s largest producer in more than thirteen communications and information technology products, including motherboards, servers, notebook PCs, LCD monitors, and PDA phones, among others.Among these products, Taiwan has a 99 percent worldwide market share monopoly in the production of motherboards, the heart of the computer that links all other components together.Taiwan is also the world’s leading producer of other computer related devices, including server computers (86.9 percent market share), notebook PCs (86.2 percent share), PDAs (69.8 percent), and IP phones (58.0 percent).Communication devices, too, remain a strength, with Taiwan holding absolute majority worldwide market share in WLAN Network Interface Cards (NICs), VoIP Routers, DSL CPEs (customer-premises equipment), Cable CPEs, and VoIP terminal adapters.Display devices do not extend beyond the reach of the Taiwan technology juggernaut. Taiwan manufactures 76.5 percent of the world’s LCD monitors and 52.0 percent of the world’s CDT monitors.In addition, Taiwanese companies are the world’s largest producers of large-sized LCD panels, used in LCD monitor and LCD TV production, grabbing a 48.1 percent market share to narrowly edge out Korea.Value In NumbersThe significant market shares drive growth among the island’s ICT industry. According to MIC research, the Taiwanese ICT industry, comprised of information software, communications products, LCD panels, ICs, and information hardware†, generated a total production value of USD 183 billion in 2006, rising USD 25.3 billion year-on-year.Taiwan’s information hardware production value accounted for the majority of this production, topping out at over USD 89.7 billion in 2006. Information hardware production recorded a 10.7 y-o-y growth.10.7 percent year-on-year, according to MIC statistics, which included production values for notebook PCs, desktop PCs, servers, motherboards, CDT monitors, LCD monitors, optical disk drives, digital still cameras, and other emerging products.
Similar growth could be found in other industries, including the IC (semiconductor) sector, which had 2006 production value of USD 42.7 billion, a 22.7 percent y-o-y rise; the LCD panel industry, which grew 13.7 percent to USD 25.7 billion in 2006; the communications industry, which rocketed 38.3 percent in 2006 to USD 18.4 billion; and the information software segment, which increased 8.3 percent to USD 6.5 billion in 2006.
Источник: Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)
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