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Nanya's global mobile memory chip market share down in Q1

Nanya's global mobile memory chip market share down in Q1

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Nanya Technology Corp. (???), one of Taiwan's leading DRAM chip suppliers, saw its mobile memory chip global market share falling in the first quarter of this year as its clients adjusted their inventories, according to market advisory firm TrendForce Corp. The fall also reflected a move by the company to cut back its production in the January-March period, TrendForce said in a research report. In the first three months of the year, sales of Nanya's mobile memory chips fell 21.6 percent from a quarter earlier to US$50 million. As a result, Nanya's global market share dropped to 1.4 percent from the fourth quarter's 1.8 percent, but the company remained the world's fourth-largest supplier, according to the report. TrendForce said that Nanya is expected to launch the 30 nanometer process for its memory chip production in the second half of this year, a move that could strengthen the company's global competitive edge. Nanya is the DRAM manufacturing arm of conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group (????). Following Nanya, Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics Corp. (???) came in fifth by grasping a 0.9 percent market share in the first quarter, unchanged from a quarter earlier, TrendForce said. In the first quarter, Winbond posted US$33 million in mobile memory sales, up 7 percent from a quarter earlier, due to the company's efforts to improve its product portfolio to boost revenue, the advisory firm said. Mobile memory accounted for 13 percent of Winbond's total sales in the first quarter, it added. While Nanya and Winbond ranked the fourth- and fifth-largest mobile memory chip supplier in the world, they still lagged far behind their rivals from South Korea and the United States. The statistics show that Samsung Electronics Corp. of South Korea remained the world's largest mobile memory chip maker in the fourth quarter after posting US$1.86 billion in sales, up 11.9 percent from a quarter earlier. Samsung's global market share rose to 52.1 percent in the first quarter from 46.1 percent recorded a quarter earlier, ahead of South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. and U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc. Hynix's first-quarter mobile memory chip revenue fell 18.7 percent from a quarter earlier to US$820 million to take a 22.9 percent global market share, compared with 28 percent in the previous quarter. Micron posted US$809 million in mobile memory chip sales for the January-March period, a fall of 3.6 percent from a quarter earlier, with its market share at 22.6 percent, compared with 23.3 percent seen in the fourth quarter. TrendForce said that worldwide mobile memory chip sales for the first quarter fell 0.9 percent from a quarter earlier to US$3.58 billion, which accounted for almost 30 percent of the total DRAM revenue. (By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-27 21:34 GMT+08:00