Contract chip maker UMC falls to No. 3 spot; TSMC retains No. 1 title

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-04-13
By: Central News Agency

Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corp.’s (UMC) ranking as a major supplier in the global wafer foundry market fell one notch to third in 2015 from a year earlier after it suffered a fall in revenue that year, according to information technology market advisory firm Gartner Inc.

However, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), another Taiwanese chip maker, retained its position as largest worldwide supplier as the firm outperformed the global wafer foundry industry in 2015, Gartner said.

In a research report posted on its website on Tuesday, Gartner said that UMC was replaced by U.S.-based GlobalFoundries Inc. to fall to the No. 3 spot with the Taiwanese firm having posted US$4.56 billion in sales, down 1.3 percent from a year earlier.

The fall in revenue left UMC with a 9.3 percent share of the world’s contract chip market, while GlobalFoundries grabbed a 9.6 percent global market share, Gartner said. GlobalFoundries posted US$4.67 billion in sales in 2015, up 6.2 percent from a year earlier, according to the advisory firm.     [FULL  STORY]

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