MIC forecasts 63% rise in tablet shipments

The China Post news staff and CNA

Worldwide tablet computer shipments are expected to hit 120 million units this year, a jump of 63 percent from last year, amid a slowdown in PC shipment growth, according to Taiwan’s Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC) yesterday. Tablets made by Taiwanese manufacturers are expected to account for more than 80 percent of tablets made in the world on strong sales of iPads and low-cost tablets, said Chris Hung, an analyst with the MIC, a unit of the government-sponsored Institute for Information Industry.

Taiwan’s tablet shipments for the second half of this year are expected to hit 54.8 million units, a 43-percent increase from the first half of the year, on the launch of Google Inc.’s first co-branded tablet Nexus 7 with Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc., Apple Inc.’s iPad and Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

Separately, MIC also predicted that Taiwan’s integrated circuit (IC) industry will see production value of NT$1.54 trillion this year, a rise of 6 percent from 2011.

The growth will be above the global average of 2.2 percent, MIC said. By IC segment, design and contract manufacturing will post more noticeable growth in the second half due to clients’ efforts to increase inventories, MIC said.