According to Sitelesc (the Syndicat des Industries de Tubes Electroniques et Semi-Conducteurs), the semi-conductor sector in France achieved a total turnover of FF25.9billion in 1999, i.e. an incre...

According to Sitelesc (the Syndicat des Industries de Tubes Electroniques et Semi-Conducteurs), the semi-conductor sector in France achieved a total turnover of FF25.9billion in 1999, i.e. an increase of 9 % (FF 2.1 billion and + 11 % not including electronic tubes). For 2000, predicted growth is of approximately 25 % worldwide and market progression could even reach 30 % in France, according to Jean-Claude Vasuth, President of Sitelesc Deputy Managing Director of ST Microelectronics France. Telecommunications (34 % of total sales), computers and automobile electronics are the main sources of growth on the electronic “chip” market. With 17,000 employees in 1999, the profession should increase this figure by 5 to 6 % this year. The world semi-conductor market should also achieve high growth rates over the next few years. According to the predictions of the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTC), the world market should double over the next five years, to reach almost 314 billion dollars in 2004. In this same period of time, according to the American professional association, networks, digital audio and video, mobile phones and multimedia applications for motor vehicles should see the biggest growth and should generate almost 53 % of the market in 2004, compared with 40 % for traditional markets and 7 % for emerging markets, such as electronic games. (Christine Weissrock - Atelier Paribas 17/03/2000)