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Preform Plant to Ease Fiber Shortage in China
Feb 2001
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, Feb. 7 -- Golden Fortune Investments Limited reported that Golden Fortune has been selected by the Chinese government as project manager to build and operate a new optical fiber plant to be located in Shanghai.
The initial capacity of the plant will produce 30 tons of quartz preform rods per annum to draw 1 million km of optical fiber, with expansion plans increasing output to 90 tons, to draw 3 million km within the following two years. At current prices of $35 per km of optical fiber in China, revenues are initially projected to be $35 million rising to $100 million.
With nearly two hundred fiber optic cable plants and only a handful of optical fiber factories that produce quartz preform, China is at an early stage of development. China is only able to supply less than 20 percent of its own fiber optical market needs. Currently, Philips Electric and Lucent Technology have joint venture factories that produce 70 percent of China's optical fiber supply.Semiconductor Market Tops $200 Billion for First TimeSAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 7 -- The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said that worldwide semiconductor sales reached $17.9 billion in December, with year-end industry sales totaling $204 billion, an industry record.
Driven by sales of communications solutions for data networking, broadband, wireless, optoelectronics and the continued demand for the personal computer, the year-end sales numbers released today represent a 37 percent growth rate for our industry over last year, said George Scalise, president SIA. This was a very exciting year for our industry and reaching an all-time record high in sales of $204 billion is a great way to close the books for year 2000.
December sales of $17.9 billion, a decrease of 2.1 percent from November results, were in-line with normal year-end patterns, the SIA said. The SIA forecast for 2001 calls for a 22 percent year-over-year growth, but, due to the inventory overhang going into 2001, it is unlikely the industry will achieve that projection, said SIA.
The industry witnessed across-the-board growth in all markets and product demand was strong in every region of the world. Flash memory, logic, analog, optoelectronics and programmable logic devices are expected to continue to be the current leaders in growth of the semiconductor market as they drive internet infrastructure and communication applications such as base stations, cellular phones, personal digital assistants and digital photography.

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