• By Angelica Oung / Staff reporter

Taiwan’s three science parks posted a record mixed revenue of NT$1.71 trillion (US$61.69 billion) for the primary half of this yr, up 25.2 % year-on-year and the quickest improve in nearly eight years, the Ministry of Science and Technology informed a information convention in Taipei yesterday.

The three parks — Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區), the Central Taiwan Science Park (中部科學園區) and the Southern Taiwan Science Park (南部科學園區) — generated mixed exports of about NT$1.28 trillion within the first six months of the yr, additionally a brand new excessive, the ministry mentioned.

The ministry attributed the the three science parks’ efficiency to continued world demand for 5G, high-performance computing and different new tech functions.

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The three parks supplied jobs for 295,000 individuals, up 3.5 % year-on-year and likewise a brand new excessive, it mentioned.

Imports to the parks totaled NT$493.08 billion, up 22.5 % year-on-year, on elevated costs of uncooked supplies and digital parts, the ministry mentioned.

Hsinchu Science Park posted revenue of NT$743.97 billion within the first half of the yr, up 31.42 % yearly, because of progress in demand for electronics, and data and communications expertise, in addition to different high-tech merchandise, the ministry mentioned.

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Central Taiwan Science Park reported revenue of NT$482.79 billion over the identical interval, up 11.48 % year-on-year, totally on continued demand for 5G, synthetic intelligence, automotive electronics and high-performance computing functions.

Southern Taiwan Science Park, house to probably the most superior 5-nanometer chip making course of, noticed revenue bounce to NT$480.06 billion, up 31.74 % year-on-year, the ministry mentioned.

Minister of Science and Technology Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠) mentioned that as a result of stay-at-home financial system and a rise in distance studying and dealing, the optical product sector shook off the doldrums skilled prior to now few years years and revenue jumped 35.44 %.

The built-in circuit sector positioned second close to progress. It noticed revenue develop 24.29 %, whereas the pc and peripherals sector adopted with a rise of 20.77 %.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, has a presence in any respect three science parks, accounting for 17 % of general revenue in Hsinchu Science Park, 42.27 % within the Central Taiwan Science Park and 55 % within the Southern Taiwan Science Park, ministry information confirmed.

TSMC made up 34 % of the three science parks’ mixed revenue, a slight decline from final yr’s 41 %, the information confirmed.

The ministry mentioned it anticipates a continued improve in demand within the second half of the yr as the worldwide financial surroundings improves.

It predicted whole-year progress of 15 % for the three science parks’ mixed revenue this yr.

Separately, TSMC’s rumored enlargement in Kaohsiung is probably going to assist the chipmaker hedge towards water scarcity dangers, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (台灣經濟研究院) researcher Arisa Liu (劉佩真) informed CNA yesterday.

Local media reported final week that TSMC is contemplating constructing a brand new 7-nanometer hub in Kaohsiung’s Linyuan District (林園).

Liu mentioned that TSMC is “most likely” to put money into a brand new facility in Kaohsiung, because the three main science parks have turn into more and more saturated with companies.

“I anticipate with a TSMC foundry acting as a magnet, Kaohsiung can create a new semiconductor industrial cluster and that would be beneficial to balancing the development between the different regions in Taiwan,” Liu mentioned.

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