Global semiconductor spending in 2019 exceeds $418.3 billion, who is the biggest buyer

Recently, the US market research firm Gartner released the list of the “Top 10 Global semiconductor Buyers in 2019″.

The list shows that the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) lowered their semiconductor spending in 2019, driven by a general economic slowdown and lower memory chip prices. Among them, the top three are Apple, Samsung, and Huawei.

Apple: Apple’s semiconductor spending in 2019 was $36.13 billion, thus surpassing Samsung as the world’s largest semiconductor buyer, mainly due to its success in wearable products, namely the Apple Watch and AirPods.

Samsung: Samsung’s semiconductor spending in 2019 was US$33.405 billion, and it took second place due to the deterioration of the market for its main product, memory chips.

Huawei: Huawei’s semiconductor spending in 2019 was US$20.884 billion. Although the Sino-US trade war has adversely affected it, it has been continuously promoted by the smartphone business, thus maintaining the third position.

It is worth mentioning that Xiaomi’s semiconductor spending in 2019 was US$7.016 billion. Although it only ranked eighth, it was the only OEM manufacturer with an increase in semiconductor spending, an increase of 1.4%.

In addition, Masatsune Yamaji, senior principal analyst at Gartner, pointed out that the global market uncertainty and the general economic slowdown in 2019 have brought a great impact on semiconductor buyers. The increase in political conflicts such as the Sino-US trade war, Brexit, tensions between Japan and South Korea, and the Hong Kong protests has led to a slowdown in global economic growth. The general economic environment has cooled demand for various Electronic equipment, and overall Electronic equipment revenue fell by $4.7 billion in 2019, down 0.2% from 2018.

Author: Cai Lu

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