Hsinchu Science Park exports set record


CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Hsinchu Science Park set a single-month record for exports in August at NT$62.07 billion, thanks to a boom in the integrated circuit (IC) and optoelectronics sectors.

Hsinchu Science Park Administration officials said the amount represents a growth of 7.8 percent over the previous month, and an increase of 24.3 percent over the same month last year.

Officials said that IC sector exports in August totaled NT$28.26 billion,up 2.1 percent from the previous month. Exports of optoelectronics sector totaled NT$26.1 billion in August, up 16.2 percent from July.

Exports from the two major sectors accounted for 87.6 percent of the park’s total exports, making them the prime mover behind the continued growth of the park.

The officials said that park exports in the first eight months this year totaled NT$410.87 billion, up 11 percent from the same period last year.

Among the major industrial sectors represented in the park, the optoelectronics sector recorded the best performance with exports totaling NT$143.25 billion in the first eight months, up 82.65 percent from the same period last year.

But the IC sector still recorded the largest exports in the park with an amount of NT$208.42 billion in the first eight months, down 6.99 percent from the same period last year.

The flat panel display sector had the best performance in the optoelectronics sector, recording exports worth NT$130.89 billion in the first eight months of this year, up 98 percent from the same period last year.

The flat panel display sector has surpassed the chip manufacturing sector, which recorded exports of NT$128.89 billion, to become the largest sub-sector in the park.

In terms of export destinations, Asia is still the major export destination. Exports to Asia totaled NT$311.68 billion in the first eight months, up 3.69 percent from the same period last year. Exports to Europe totaled NT$35.8 billion in the first eight months, up 42.4 percent from the same period last year, surpassing the NT$34.59 billion to North America to become the second largest export destination.

Exports to the Central America totalled NT$24.21 billion in the first eight months of this year, or an annual increase of 2.81 times, making the Central America the region in which the park has enjoyed the greatest growth.