A semiconductor is a material that possesses electrical characteristics of an insulator, but in which an electron can contribute to an electric current flow. It therefore possesses an electrical conductivity intermediate between that of metals and insulators. The semiconductor market covers products manufactured using this type of material. Semiconductors are widely used in electronics to produce various components that are then used in devices such as telephones, automobiles, computers, and more. Some of the most important are:
- Microprocessors: Essential components for the operation of computers and electronic devices.
- Memories: Solid-state memories used to store data and information.
- Integratedcircuits: Devices that combine several electronic functions and components on a single chip.
- Sensors: Devices that detect and measure various physical quantities, such as temperature, pressure, light, and motion.
- Powerdevices: Components used to manage electrical energy in high-power applications, such as electric motors, power supplies, and solar power systems.
The year 2022 saw strong revenue growth in the microelectronics and semiconductor industry in Italy. Companies experienced this increase due to the growing demand for products and services in the industrial and automotive sectors. There were also new research and development initiatives and positive collaboration between industry and academia. However, there has been a shortage of skilled personnel that could hinder the development of the industry.[ElectronicsMarkets]
The global semiconductor market had a size of $527.88 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow from $573.44 billion in 2022 to $1,380.79 billion in 2029, registering a compound annual growth rate(CAGR) of 12.2 percent over the forecast period.[Globenewswire]
The study will discuss the economic and structural characteristics of the semiconductor market in Italy, analyzing in a general way all the sectors it includes; for in-depth information on these sectors and complementary markets, such as chips, please refer to the other specific studies available in the Businesscoot catalog.
1.2 The global market
The global semiconductor market recorded a value of $***.* billion in ****, maintaining almost the same level as in **** (***), a deterioration is expected, with a loss of **.*%. According to Richard Gordon, Practice Vice President at Gartner, weak demand for electronics is spreading from consumers to businesses, creating an uncertain investment environment. However, according ...
1.3 The Italian market
The Italian semiconductor industry, which contributes about *.*% of the European market, generated *.* billion euros in ****. The prominent segment concerns the automotive market, which absorbs **% of semiconductor sales. The value of industrial production is around * billion euros in ****, and Italy ranks as the third largest producer of electronic components in the European ...
Italy's import-export ratio for semiconductors (***) appears to remain fairly stable through ****, with imports always exceeding exports, but with coverage ratios of just under a point. From **** , the value of imports clearly exceeds that of exports, reaching a coverage ratio of *.**. There may be many causes, however, it is reasonable to assume ...
1.5 The impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict
The crisis in semiconductor materials, which had already begun in the period related to the covid-** pandemic, worsened with the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The pandemic period unleashed a strong demand for electronic devices and devices, with increasingly heavy demands for appreciables. Demand for semiconductors in **** exceeded market expectations, triggering ...
2.1 Demand in Italy
The industry is characterized by the presence of STMicroelectronics, the only Italian-French-owned Integrated Device Manufacturer, and a constellation of firms operating in various chip industry supply markets.
As for the others, irrespective of the degree to which their markets are affluent in the chip market, i.e., irrespective of the degree ...
2.2 Demand drivers
Semiconductor materials have a wide variety of applications, so there are different motivations driving demand in the related market.
The growth of the semiconductor industry is undoubtedly linked to the implementation and development of new technologies that strongly need such materials to be made available to the public. In ...
2.3 The geographical distribution of demand
Regarding the geographical distribution of Italian households' spending, the highest value is in the North with with **.*€, a value not far from that of the Center (***).
Regarding industries, on the other hand, three main poles are identified:
Etna Valley Monza-Brianza Avezzano (***)
2.4 New trends in demand
The importance of chips in the Internet of Things (***) industry
In the next decade, IoT will be one of the areas responsible for semiconductor development, with sensors and software included in devices to connect them to the network. The potential applications are many, starting with smart industries, where every factor can ...
3.1 The market structure
The semiconductor-related market size analysis is carried out based on data belonging to the category related to ATECO code **** (***). Specifically, three different quantities are considered: number of active enterprises, number of employees, and legal form of enterprises.
Regarding the number of enterprises from **** to ****, a reversal can be seen from ****, where ...
3.2 The value chain
The semiconductor value chain is extremely complex and consists of three main stages:
Research and design: accounts for between ** and ** percent of total R&D activity, and is carried out not only by companies but also through contributions from governments and universities and research centers; Design: highly knowledge- and skill-intensive, it ...
The following are the main companies dedicated to semiconductor distribution service in Italy.
Comelec S.r.l: specializes in the distribution of high quality components in both semiconductors and passive components. It offers a wide range of services such as connector assembly, cabling, as well as design and codesign of custom ...
3.4 The main manufacturers
The main companies active in the semiconductor industry in Italy are listed below.
STMicroelectronics S.r.l: is an Italian-French manufacturer of semiconductor electronic components. It was formed in **** by the merger of Italy's SGS Microelectronica and France's Thomson Semiconducteurs. It is listed on Euronext Paris, the NYSE and the Milan ...
4.1 Supply analysis
At the root of the evolution of electronics are semiconductors, materials of a crystalline nature that have the characteristic of conducting electricity at intermediate levels with respect to a conducting or insulating material. Unlike metals, in fact, semiconductors maintain their ability to resist current flowing through them at ordinary temperatures and ...
4.2 The prices
The price of a CPU (***) is related to its most important technical characteristics, starting with the operating frequency and the number of cores and threads. Mid-range options range from €*** to €***.
Products such as Intel Core i*-***** can be purchased for less than €***, while a CPU such as AMD Ryzen * ****X*D ...
4.3 Trends in supply
Silicon photonics competition
At the Taiwan Semicon ****, one of the most important semiconductor events globally, the most talked about topic is the new silicon photonics technology that integrates optical components such as lasers with silicon-based integrated circuits to enable high-speed data transmission with longer transmission distance and low power consumption, using ...
5.1 The legislation
In recent years, Italy has become increasingly aware of the need to address the growing demand for semiconductors, planning to allocate specific resources to support the sector, particularly in the research and production phase (***).
Among the most notable interventions appear to be the approximately *** million allocated in September **** by the then ...
5.2 The incentives
NRP's support for high-tech investments
The Plan, specifically Mission *-Component * "Digitalization, Innovation and Competitiveness in the Production System," provides for the allocation of €*** million in grants (***) to support microelectronics innovation and technology projects, including semiconductor manufacturing, under "Investment * - High-tech investments." The intervention provides support for investment in civil works, facilities ...
- STMicroelectronics S.r.l
- MEMC Electronics Materials S.p.a
- Technoprobe S.p.a
- LFoundry S.r.l
- SPEA S.p.a
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