The combined revenue of the nation’s three major science parks last year surpassed NT$2 trillion (US$66.7 billion) for the first time, to reach a record NT$2.15 trillion as the global economy picked up steam, the National Science Council said yesterday.
Sales from the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區), the Southern Taiwan Science Park (南部科學園區) and the Central Taiwan Science Park (中部科學園區) were expected to break the NT$2 trillion mark two years ago, but were hampered by the global financial crisis, National Science Council Deputy Minister Jou Jing-yang (周景揚) told reporters.
Combined revenue in 2008 was NT$1.84 trillion and NT$1.59 trillion in 2009, the council said.
Last year’s strong sales were attributed to tech firms’ production facilities, which reached their full loading rate as international chip firms increased outsourcing, and the rise in new technologies such as tablet PCs, smartphones and cloud computing, it said.
Other reasons included strong demand from emerging markets and the recovery in spending power of the US and Europe, which kept local factories busy, the council statement said.
Photovoltaic companies reported strong shipments for key components and materials as more governments adopted green energy, it said.
The semiconductor sector saw sales of NT$1.11 trillion last year, accounting for 51.5 percent of total revenue. The photovoltaic sector made up 39.2 percent of total sales (NT$843.8 billion), while PCs and peripherals accounted for 3.1 percent (NT$78.7 billion).
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