February 5, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- The Hsinchu Science-based Industrial
Park Administration reports that during the first eleven months
of 1997, the production value of the wafer foundry industry was
the highest of all sectors in the park.
In November, the production value of wafer foundry companies
exceeded NT$7.55 billion (US$228 million), outpacing that of the
second-ranked DRAM makers by 80 percent, and marking growth of
more than 100 percent from the same month in 1996.
These numbers indicate that the Korean financial tempest has
generated limited impact on Taiwan's technology sector. Sources
in the industry attribute this to the fact that memory chips and
monitors are the only two types of high-tech products in which
the two nations are highly competitive.
A park administration official said that November is generally
the peak season for sales of high-tech electronic products.
November 1997, the Hsinchu Science Park reported a production
value of NT$39.5 billion, up a sharp 58.1 percent from the same
time in 1996. This marks a record monthly high, and the largest
growth rate seen over the past two years. Wafer foundry accounted
for 20 percent of the total production value.
Products which reported record monthly highs in production value
in November of 1997 include wafers, color image scanners, and
digital application-specific integrated circuits. Products that
registered outstanding growth from the same month in 1996 include
multi-layer printed circuit boards, up 328.57 percent; color
image scanners, up 168.79 percent; and wafer foundry, up 98.74
(Commercial Times, Taiwan)