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China and South Korea Are Important Semiconductor Markets

Paige Tanner
China and South Korea Are Important Semiconductor Markets

The semiconductor industry has been at the center of the US-China (FXI) trade war, as the two countries together account for the majority of worldwide semiconductor sales. According to the SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association), semiconductor sales rose 20.5% YoY (year-over-year) in June 2018 with the largest growth coming from China at 30.7%, followed by the Americas at 26.7%, Europe at 15.9%, Japan at 14.0%, and Asia-Pacific/All Other at 8.6%. China is the largest consumer of semiconductor chips, as most of the PCs, smartphones, and consumer electronics are manufactured here. Skyworks, Qualcomm (QCOM), and Qorvo earn around 80%, 63%, and 60% of their revenue from China.