Hewlett-Packard remained on top of the list of chip buyers in 2003,
according to new data from market researcher iSuppli.
With chip purchases worth US$11 billion in 2003, HP led the list. Dell followed
with US$10.2 billion in chip spending. HP and Dell increased their chip spending
by 11.9 percent and 21.1 percent respectively, largely fueled by the rise in
demand for PCs by consumers and businesses, iSuppli
said last Thursday.
A jump in sales of mobile handsets also led Nokia, Samsung and Motorola to
boost their chip spending by double-digits. And an upturn in Japan's economy and
electronics industry contributed to a 27.1 percent increase in chip purchases of
Hitachi. Siemens was the only company in the top 10 to see a decline. Its chip
spending fell by 0.6 percent, the market researcher said.
Overall, the top 10 spenders accounted for 34.4 percent of all chip purchases
from original equipment manufacturers last year.
During the year, shipments to the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa
region declined, while those to Japan increased by 1 percentage point, making it
second biggest destination for chips globally, iSuppli said. Chinese gear makers
like ZTE, Huawei and TCL increased their chip spending substantially. Overall,
the biggest increase was made by Eastman Kodak at 153 percent.
A number of studies have predicted a bright year for chip sales. According to
Gartner, global revenue from chips in
2004 is poised to grow to US$217 billion from last year's US$177 billion, a rise of
nearly 23 percent. Monthly figures released by the Semiconductor Industry Association
also reflect this optimism.
iSuppli said the Asia-Pacific region is the top destination for chip
shipments in 2004, with 40.4 percent of all chips going to the region, up from
36.9 percent in 2002, largely buoyed by increasing production of electronics
gear in China.