Taiwan Leads Asia in Electronic Component Exports in H1 2020 | Taiwan News

Integrated circuit (Pixabay image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan recorded 20.2% annual growth in its exports of electronic components between January and June, surpassing Asian countries such as China, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

In the first half of the year, China and Hong Kong registered annual growth of 4.7% and 9.8%, respectively, in the same category, while Singapore registered an increase of 6.5% and Japan of 4, 6% year-on-year. South Korean and Malaysian exports of electronic components contracted 3.1% and 6.4% respectively, according to statistics from the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

Taiwan shipped 60.4% of its total electronic components to China and Hong Kong, indicating a dependence on the Chinese market. In comparison, Singapore, Japan and South Korea accounted for 11.1%, 7.8% and 7% of outbound shipments, respectively.

Exports of electronic components reached 39.2 percent of Taiwan’s total exports in the first nine months, integrated circuits (ICs) taking the lion’s share at 90 percent. Orders have been propelled by strong demand for new smartphones as well as 5G and remote technology applications, the MOF said.

A mainstay of the Taiwanese economy, electronic component manufacturing generated a market value of NT $ 2.23 trillion (US $ 78 billion) in 2018, reaching an all-time high. As of August 2020, Taiwan employed 629,000 people in the industry, up 12% from nine years ago.

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