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WSTS Semiconductor Market Forecast World Release Date: 1 June 2004 - 6:00 UTC

Miyazaki, Japan, Spring Forecast Meeting 18 - 21 May 2004

From The WSTS Board Of Directors:

According to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), the world semiconductor market reached a size of $166B in 2003. During the previous forecast meeting in October 2003 a number of $161B was projected. Already the fourth quarter of last year has indicated a stronger momentum of recovery than originally anticipated. The first quarter of 2004 has demonstrated consistency and stability in market growth across all regions and major product lines.
The WSTS Committee has therefore based its industry forecast on a scenario of sound inventory levels and growing demand in major application sectors within the environment of a generally recovering world economy. Taking all this into account the year 2004 was predicted to grow 28.4% over 2003, which is a 9-percentage point improvement over the growth projections made last autumn.
For the following years, a deceleration in growth is forecast to 8.5% growth in 2005, followed by virtually zero growth in 2006. In 2007, another recovery cycle is expected to begin, with market growth in the 10% range. While the forecasted semiconductor market growth cycle is smoother than previous cycles, the different regions and products maintain their historical patterns. That is, the memory product cycle is more pronounced than the other products and Asia Pacific continues to be the fastest growing region, due not only to a continuing shift in equipment production but also to rising internal demand in those countries. The growth of equipment production in Mainland China will help sustain faster than average growth in Asia throughout the forecasting period.

For further information, please consult:

In the Americas:

Ken Davis - Americas Vice Chairman

+1 (512) 895-3384

In Europe:

Ulrich Schaefer - Europe Vice Chairman

+49 (7121) 35-2333

In Japan:

Hiromu Yamamoto - Japan Vice Chairman

+81 (42) 532-1389

In Asia Pacific:

Moon Kwan Park - Asia Pacific Vice Chairman

+82 (31) 630-4775

For the World:

Bill Jewell - World Chairman

+1 (972) 927-4511

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Press Release 3 June 2003
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WSTS is an independent non-profit organization representing close to 90% of the world semiconductor industry (Internet address: www.wsts.org).

These forecasts will be released twice a year, in May and October.

  Amounts in US$M Year on Year Growth in %
  2003 2004 2005 2006 2003 2004 2005 2006
Americas 32,330.7 39,514.2 41,734.6 40,089.1 3.4 22.2 5.6 -3.9
Europe 32,310.0 40,537.5 43,693.5 43,082.1 16.3 25.5 7.8 -1.4
Japan 38,942.2 47,822.9 51,066.8 50,306.9 27.7 22.8 6.8 -1.5
Asia Pacific 62,842.6 85,756.0 95,253.0 96,546.2 22.8 36.5 11.1 1.4
Total World 1) 166,425.5 213,630.6 231,748.0 230,024.4 18.3 28.4 8.5 -0.7
Discrete Semiconductors 13,347.0 16,043.4 17,036.5 16,689.1 8.1 20.2 6.2 -2.0
Optoelectronics 9,544.7 13,100.8 14,851.7 15,281.2 40.6 37.3 13.4 2.9
Sensors 3,569.2 4,827.6 5,739.0 6,262.1 2) 35.3 18.9 9.1
Integrated Circuits 139,964.7 179,658.8 194,120.8 191,792.0 16.1 28.4 8.0 -1.2
  Bipolar 216.8 239.7 200.8 150.6 -4.2 10.6 -16.3 -25.0
  Analog 26,793.9 33,652.2 36,971.8 36,952.4 12.0 25.6 9.9 -0.1
  Micro 43,526.1 52,412.0 57,218.6 57,564.8 14.3 20.4 9.2 0.6
  Logic 36,921.9 46,421.3 50,631.8 49,571.9 18.1 25.7 9.1 -2.1
  Memory 32,506.0 46,933.6 49,097.9 47,552.3 20.2 44.4 4.6 -3.1
Total Products 1) 166,425.5 213,630.6 231,748.0 230,024.4 18.3 28.4 8.5 -0.7
Notes: 1)

All numbers are displayed as rounded to one decimal place, but totals are calculated to 3 decimal places precision.

2) WSTS included Actuators in this category from 2003. Before only Sensors were reported. A growth rate is therefore not meaningful to show.
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