Semiconductor & Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Industry Profile

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Companies in this industry make semiconductors (computer chips) and other components used in electronic devices. Major companies include Broadcom, Intel, Micron Technology, and Qualcomm (all based in the US), along with Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix (both based in South Korea), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (Taiwan), and Toshiba (Japan).

Global semiconductor sales totaled nearly $440 billion in 2020, according to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. China accounts for about 50% of semiconductor sales, followed by the Asia-Pacific region (excluding China and Japan) at about 20%, while EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), Americas, and Japan account for about 10% each.

The US semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing industry consists of about 3,900 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $95 billion.


The industry depends highly on demand from the computer industry and makers of telecommunications products such as cell phones, which can vary sharply from year to year. Companies can be successful by producing standard parts at a low cost or by producing highly specialized components. Small companies can compete effectively with large ones by producing specialized products or developing new applications. Technological expertise is extremely important. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate about 65% of revenue.

US makers of semiconductors and other electronic components face competition from producers in other countries; at the same time, many US producers enjoy strong international ...

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