August 23, 2001 – Tokyo, Japan – Production at some 50 major chipmakers worldwide fell to 72.7% of capacity in April-June, down 11.1 points from the previous quarter, and the lowest level since 1994, when data was first compiled, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
The data compiled by industry group World Semiconductor Trade Statistics underscores the significant production adjustment taking place among chipmakers as demand falters.
The capacity utilization rate has been declining since hitting a record high of 96.4% in July-September 2000. The previous record low of 80.8% occurred in the 3Q98.
The present slump in demand has hit a broad range of products, including processors, multipurpose microcontrollers and memories, prompting companies to undertake swift and deep cutbacks in output.