In 2020, China purchased nearly US$32 billion worth of equipment from Japan, South Korea and other places for chip production, an increase of 20% over 2019.
“In the short term, China will rely on imports to improve the level of chip manufacturing.” said Wang Dan, a technical analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics. “China does not yet have the ability to produce the chip manufacturing equipment required for advanced processes. But China is investing heavily, and success requires ten Years of hard work.”
Chinese chip manufacturing companies, such as SMIC, have purchased more equipment needed to manufacture silicon wafers and chips. According to a report by the International Semiconductor Industry Association (SEMI) in December last year, China has become the largest market for semiconductor equipment in 2020.
Due to the restrictions imposed by the United States, Chinese companies stock up on chips in advance, and China’s chip imports surged by about 14% in 2020. In addition, due to the new crown pandemic being forced to work and study at home, strong demand for PCs has also stimulated the import of Chinese chips and the export of smart phones and PCs.
According to statistics, China’s top 7 sources of chip imports exceeding US$300 billion include Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Among them, Taiwanese companies, including TSMC, have benefited the most.