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  • Taiwan's LAN-Related Production to Grow 26 Pct.
  • December 7, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Taiwan's production value of LAN-related products grew from US$363.3 million in the first half of 1997 to US$395.8 million in the first half of 1998.
    This is according to a survey by the Market Intelligence Center (MIC) of Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry (III).

    Hubs and switches did well, but total production value grew only moderately because of network card value. Although production volume for network cards is growing rapidly, price drops have caused a decline in production value growth from 1997.

    However, the second half of the year is the peak season for production, so the production value for LAN products is expected to reach US$517.3 million in the second half of 1998, bringing the total LAN production value to US$913.1 million for the entire year, a growth of 25.6 percent over the US$727.1 million of 1997.

    Production volume for modems continued to grow in the first half of 1998, and is expected to easily reach last year's forecast of 21 million units.

    However, price drops have exceeded previous expectations, pulling production value slightly below earlier forecasts. Modem production value for the entire year is expected to reach US$829.5 million, down 1.9 percent from US$845.7 million in 1997.

    ISDN production value rose from US$26.8 million in the first half of 1997 to US$33 million in the first half of 1998, and is expected to grow 39.4 percent for the entire year.

    Source: MIC/III, ITIS * Forecast

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    Updated: Fri Dec 4 16:04:34 1998 PDT