TSMC’s sales from January to the end of May were $7.9 billion – up 23% from $6.4 billion in the January to May 2012 period.
UMC, the No.3 foundry, had May sales of $361 million – up 5% on April’s $336 million. UMC’s January to May sales were $1.6 billion- up 4.17% on the same period last year.
Last month, TSMC said it expected a 25% growth year this year. That may have something to do with it starting to crank out Apple processors but, even with the Apple effect, TSMC’s prospects put into question the anaemic 2% growth figures for the 2013 market currently being bandied about.