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Blog: 06/28/17

SIA Outlines NAFTA Modernization Priorities

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

As the Trump Administration considers renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), SIA is focused on ensuring semiconductor industry priorities are maintained and strengthened in any new agreement. To that end, SIA today testified at a public hearing before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding NAFTA modernization.

Trade
Blog: 06/09/17

Semiconductors and Tech Feature Prominently at Summit on the Economy

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Earlier this week, I attended the 7th Annual Summit on the Economy in Washington, D.C., an all-day conference which brings together notable policymakers and economists to do some big thinking on the current and future state of the economy. While topics were far-ranging, from addressing the challenges of workers and communities left behind to the future […]

Blog: 06/08/17

The 2017 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Industry Data

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Quick, where can you find out A) the size of the global semiconductor market in 2016 (answer: $339 billion), B) U.S. semiconductor industry market share in 2016 (answer: 48 percent), and C) the top end market for semiconductors in 2016 (answer: communication products) all in one place? Answer: These data points and many more are […]

Market Data
Blog: 06/07/17

Tech, Government Leaders Highlight Benefits of Information Technology Agreement

by Semiconductor Industry Association

SIA President & CEO John Neuffer and other leaders from industry, government and academia participated in a panel discussion this week on the benefits of the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA), a pioneering trade pact that eliminates tariffs on hundreds of high-tech products, from semiconductors to smart phones. Panelists highlighted the ITA’s key role in […]

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Blog: 06/07/17

Semiconductor Industry to Continue Action on Climate Change

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Although President Trump announced last week that the U.S. will depart from the Paris climate agreement, the semiconductor industry will continue to take action to address climate change and promote environmental sustainability. The semiconductor industry has a long record of success in this area, including the following initiatives: 1. Reporting and Reducing Emissions of PFCs […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 05/23/17

White House Budget Contains DoD Investments Poised to Strengthen Semiconductor Research

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Semiconductors, the brains of modern electronics, are integral to America’s economic, technological, and military infrastructure. Funding increases for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other Defense Department agencies outlined in the White House budget proposal unveiled today would strengthen long-range semiconductor research, enhance the U.S. semiconductor industry’s positive impacts on our country, and […]

Research
Blog: 05/22/17

New Study Shows ITA Bridging Digital Divide

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

As the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) turns 20 this year, a think tank in Washington, D.C. today released an important new report on the wide-ranging economic benefits of this pioneering trade pact to developing countries. Co-authored by Stephen Ezell and John Wu of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the study does a deep […]

Trade
Blog: 05/11/17

Sustaining America’s Consistent Trade Surplus in Semiconductors

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Despite the forces of globalization that have pulled so much manufacturing overseas, the United States is still the worldwide leader of the semiconductor industry, capturing nearly half of the global market. Indeed, the U.S. is home to a robust semiconductor manufacturing and design sector and has consistently maintained a trade surplus in semiconductors for at […]

Trade
Blog: 03/29/17

Semiconductors Remain Export Leader for U.S. in 2016

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Semiconductors continue to be a huge export for the United States, fueling jobs, economic growth, and innovation at home. According to recently released government trade data for 2016, the value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2016 totaled $43.1 billion, the third-highest of any manufactured U.S. export product. Strong domestic production combined with large foreign markets […]

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Blog: 03/23/17

U.S. Semiconductor Firms Top List of Patent Recipients in 2016

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Five of the top fifteen U.S. corporate patent recipients in 2016 were U.S. semiconductor companies, equaling the number of firms ranked in the top 15 in 2015. These figures are based on an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. See table below.

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Blog: 03/14/17

End-Use Products that Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2016

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Communications and PCs/computers remained the top semiconductor markets by end use in 2016. At the same time, automotive and industrial end markets continued their strong growth path. This is according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) 2016 Semiconductor End-Use Report, which details sales by end use and regional end market for a […]

Market Data
Blog: 02/22/17

Huge Win for Global Trade with Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Global trade just got a whole lot easier today with announcement by the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the successful ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), a landmark 164-country deal that will lower costs for consumers and promote growth in economies big and small the world over. The semiconductor industry has long advocated for […]

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