Taiwan’s semiconductor sector buoyed sales growth in the nation’s science parks in the first half of 2015, helping them achieve a record high in revenue in the first half of this year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported Sunday.
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% from 2014.
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, sales grew 2.79% from a year earlier to NT$547.1 billion (US$16.75 billion), while sales in the central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung rose 0.99% year-on-year to NT$241.7 billion (US$7.4 billion), and revenue in the southern Taiwan Science Park jumped 17.64% from a year ago to NT$344.7 billion (US$10.55 billion).
Significant sales growth in the southern Taiwan Science Park largely reflected an increase in shipments of newly launched semiconductor products, MOST said.
The three science parks house production facilities of the major integrated circuit firms in Taiwan. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, operates wafer plants in the parks.
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 technology industry.