In the past 20 years, China's IC industry has continued to grow. China Semiconductor Industry Association data show that in 2013 China's total sales of integrated circuits reached 250.9 billion yuan, an annual growth of 16.2%. By 2014, total sales are expected to reach 301 billion yuan, with an annual growth rate of 20%. Despite the continuous growth of industrial sales, China's integrated circuit industry still faces enormous challenges in the IC market but IC manufacturing is seriously lagging behind. At present, China accounts for 52% of the global semiconductor consumer market, consuming more than half of the world's semiconductor products. However, the domestic IC manufacturing market share is only 10%.
The global IC industry has a certain geographical pattern. As far as the current status quo is concerned, the most advanced technologies are mainly from the United States (such as Qualcomm, Apple, Intel, etc.); advanced wafer fabrication is mainly concentrated in South Korea and Taiwan (such as Samsung, TSMC); and the lower-end assembly is in China. Throughout the global IC market, more than half of IC sales went to the US, followed by South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.
The situation that the equipment, instruments and materials of integrated circuit production lines mainly rely on imports has not changed, which has restricted the pace of technological upgrading of enterprises. Through vertical integration, the entire industry chain is driven by manufacturing, which is conducive to improving the overall strength of China's semiconductor industry. At the same time, an open, sustainable industrial ecosystem needs to be established. China's IC industry is showing a good momentum of development. We should seize the opportunity to further open up to the outside world, speed up the reorganization of funds among enterprises, reduce the management level, strengthen overall coordination, and strive to build a world-class integrated circuit industry with independent research and development capabilities. The base meets the needs of large, medium and small enterprises in the domestic market and has a place in the world's high-tech fields.
How will Chinese IC companies seize this opportunity to achieve sustainable development? Money alone is not enough. We must develop real international competitiveness through wise investment. The global vision is the key to Chinese companies going to the world stage. First, we should have close international cooperation in technology, education and finance. To be truly internationally competitive, we must not rely solely on low costs. We must also build our own intellectual property system in accordance with world-class standards. At the same time, we should accelerate the vertical integration of the industrial chain. It is not enough to build factories blindly. We need to establish an open and sustainable industrial ecosystem to bring real demand to the company. In short, our goal is to make China no longer the “assembly factory” of the world, but to continuously produce high quality and innovative products.
With correct and wise investment, China’s influence in the world’s semiconductor industry will continue to grow, and it will become the world’s true technology and product leader.