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Indian Semicon looking at $7.59 billion biz next year

January 29. '09; BANGALORE: The Indian Semiconductor Association sees total revenues of the Indian market growing from $5.9 billion in 2008 to $7.59 billion n 2010 -- not spectacular, almost half the compounded annual growth predicted two years ago, but still in double digits, in these recessionary times.

The numbers are in the second annual update from Frost&Sullivan to its Report on the potential of the Indian semicon industry. The total available market revenues were expected to climb from $2.53 last year to $3.24 next year. (For the distinction between these two terms, see explanation at the end of this report) ISA President Poornima Shenoy, points at the impact the current slowdown has on manufacturing plans within the country: lower manufacture of electronic products; higher import and lower potential for the key component: semiconductors. The fab project of SemIndia - the first and biggest of the India-based semicon foundry projects announced ahead of the government's declaration of its policy for the industry is still in cold storage -- though, today's DNA daily prominently carries a report of the company's plans to manufacture GSM- Wimax modules.

Frost&Sullivan's Director South Asia and Middle East Anand Rangachary says "IT and Office Automation, wireless handsets and communication will drive the semicon market, including such products like set top boxes, 3G devices, notebooks and smart cards".


Note: Total market(TM) for semiconductors: The total consumption of semiconductors in India, in any form (can be purchased locally, imported as part of Completely Knocked Down (CKD) or Semi Knocked Down (SKD), imported as a complete product), by any source (Sources are directly from semiconductor company offices in India, distributor sales, direct imports etc) and in either currency (US$ or Indian rupee.Total Available Market (TAM) for semiconductors: Consumption of semiconductors in India by virtue of manufacturing of end-user products in India + consumption through a local purchase order in India