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China's integrated circuit revenues saw 24 times increase in 10 years

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China's IC design industry revenues grew from $0.5 billion to $13.2 billion, a 24 times increase between 2003 and 2013, according to PwC's "China's Impact on the Semiconductor Industry".

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In 2003, the Gartner Dataquest Semiconductor Industry Worldwide Annual Market Share Database only included 11 Chinese companies from a total of 200 worldwide semiconductor companies. Ten years later the same Database for 2013 included 32 Chinese companies from a total of 288 worldwide semiconductor companies.

The industry recognises more than 11% of the established semiconductor companies are now from China, contributing almost 2% of worldwide semiconductor revenues.

When PwC began reporting on China's impact on the semiconductor industry, China moved from the smallest of the regional semiconductor consumption markets with 18.5% share in 2003, to the largest by 2005 with 24.8% share. China has continued to increase its semiconductor leadership position every year since 2005 except in 2010.

"The past ten years have seen China's semiconductor industry transform itself from an emerging industry into a significant global player whose impact and growth will no doubt continue," said Raman Chitkara, PwC's Global Technology Industry Leader.

"Going forward, we expect China to expand its role in the semiconductor industry beyond leadership in consumption."

China's semiconductor consumption has increased from 18.5% of worldwide consumption in 2003 to more than 55.6% in 2013. China recorded a compounded growth rate in the semiconductor consumption of more than three times that of the worldwide rate.

IC design continues to be the fastest growing segment of China's semiconductor industry, growing by 33% in 2013 to reach record revenues of $13.2bn. During the past ten years (2003-2013), China's IC design (fabless) industry has grown at a 37.6% compound annual growth rate from $541mn to $13.2bn.

In terms of wafer fabrication (fabs) capacity from the end of 2003 through 2013, China has increased its production of wafer fabs by 186%, while increasing capacity by 314%. The number of SPA&T facilities has also increased by 51% in China, while their capacity has increased by 175%.

The Chinese IC production/consumption gap continues to grow and even with the most aggressive growth, is unlikely that China's IC industry revenues will meet the government objective of equalling at least 50% of IC consumption priorities.

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