KPMG's Technology practice has issued the latest edition of its Global Semiconductor Executive Survey, “Muted optimism and higher uncertainty.” Our study, now in its ninth year, identifies trends and issues influencing the global semiconductor market today, as well as the opinions of leading executives about industry growth over the next three years.
KPMG’s Semiconductor Business Confidence Index was flat in this year’s results, indicating expectations for a robust recovery highlighted in our 2012 survey have been largely replaced with a moderately optimistic outlook calling for improved profitability, but lower levels of anticipated revenue growth.
This year’s results also reflect the continued maturity of the semiconductor industry. Due in part to broader application markets and the law of large numbers, growth rates are slowing as semiconductor companies evolve beyond their traditional reliance on PC markets and IT.
Although mobility remains a critical revenue driver, semiconductor executives are forecasting stronger growth rates from applications including healthcare, the internet of things, automotive, connected home appliances and other promising applications. This year’s results also reflect the increased importance of China as an end market for revenue growth. The survey also highlighted more optimistic attitudes about revenue growth in Taiwan, Europe, India, Japan, and Korea.
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