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Findings
IC 50 demonstrates rise of Asia's semiconductor industry
Asia dominates the semiconductor manufacturing sector with leading companies, Samsung, TSMC and SK Hynix. Based on the IC 50 ranking, conducted by DIGITIMES Asia in 2022, we have summed up the following key findings:

Finding 1: East Asia is the hub of semiconductor manufacturing
Top semiconductor companies in East Asia mainly include foundries, assembly and testing, memories, wafers, and IC substrates

Finding 2: China, Japan, and Korea surpass Taiwan in revenue growth
Taiwan's semiconductor industry made a record high in 2020. Since the very high base period, Taiwan had moderate growth in 2021

Finding 3: China's semiconductor companies getting robust
Three China-based semiconductor companies, SMIC, JCET Group and Will Semiconductor, have reigned in the top 11-20

Companies in IC 50 ranking mostly come from Taiwan

The contribution of the top 3 companies to the total revenue of IC 50 companies

The Singaporean semiconductor equipment company, Kulicke & Soffa Industries has the highest growth

The only company in IC 50 that has over 40% profit margin

Ranks
Revenue
2021 Rank2020 RankCompany/Business UnitCountryIndustry2021 Revenue ($M)2020 Revenue ($M)Revenue Growth
11Samsung Electronics/Device Solutions, excluding DPSouth KoreaIDM79,20361,28529.2%
22TSMCTaiwanFoundry57,36148,39418.5%
33SK HynixSouth KoreaIDM36,16826,83334.8%
44MediaTek IncTaiwanFabless17,83011,64153.2%
55Tokyo Electron/Semiconductor Production EquipmentJapanSemiconductor Equipment15,72710,50149.8%
2021 Rank2020 RankCompany/Business UnitCountryIndustry2021 Revenue ($M)2020 Revenue ($M)Revenue Growth
Operating Profit
2021 Rank2020 RankCompany/Business UnitCountryIndustry2021 Operating Profit ($M)2020 Operating Profit ($M)Operating Profit Change ($M)
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2021 Rank2020 RankCompany/Business UnitCountryIndustry2021 Operating Profit ($M)2020 Operating Profit ($M)Operating Profit Change ($M)
*The hyphen mark indicates the companies not reporting operating profit of its semiconductor segment
Operating Margin
2021 RankCompany/Business UnitCountryIndustry2021 Operating Margin2020 Operating MarginPercentage Point Change
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2021 RankCompany/Business UnitCountryIndustry2021 Operating Margin2020 Operating MarginPercentage Point Change
*The hyphen mark indicates the companies not reporting operating profit of its semiconductor segment
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IC 50

Asia Supply Chain IC 50 (IC 50) is ranked among Asia-based, public or private, companies operating along the semiconductor supply chain, including equipment, materials, designing, and manufacturing, according to their 12-month financials.

Screening criteria

Surveyed companies in IC 50 are selected based on their host countries and operating segments. Companies are from China (including Hong Kong), Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. Selected companies are operating in the semiconductor supply chain, including IDM, Foundry, Semiconductor Equipment, Wafers, Packaging & Test, IC Substrate (include leadframe and other package related components), and Fabless.

Companies may be excluded from the list due to the following considerations. A company wholly owned by a parent with financial statements included in the consolidated statement of the parent company is excluded. Companies operating in the semiconductor industry without separately disclosing their semiconductor segment results are also excluded from the ranking.

Financials and ranking

Based on publicly available information published before May 1, 2022, DIGITIMES Asia collects the comparable 12-month consolidated financials for the latest four quarters, two semi-years, or one annual period of the surveyed companies, inclusive of their subsidiaries. For comparability, surveyed companies' financial statements are generally between January and December, even for most Japan-based companies whose fiscal years run from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. DIGITIMES Asia then ranks the top 50 companies according to their revenue (for companies that generate most of their revenue from the semiconductors) or operating income (for companies who create revenues not only from semiconductors and whose segment reporting includes semiconductors). Supplemented information such as operating margin, net income, and profit margin are also included.