Motherboard shipments up 5.8% in 2005
According to Market Intelligence Center, worldwide motherboard shipment volume is forecasted to grow 5.8% YTY to 145 mln units in 2005, mainly due to brisk demand in emerging markets such as India, Russia and Brazil. In addition, market demand in North America has remained slightly upward, while the Western European market, which had been in a lull in the first half of 2005, has showed signs of warming up. Value in 2005 is expected to tick-up lightly to just over $8 bln. For all of 2006, volume is projected to reach 153 mln units, annual growth of 5.4%, due to sustained growth in both emerging and mature markets. MIC further reports that Taiwanese motherboard shipment volume will hit approximately 98.3% of worldwide market share in 2005. In Q3 2005, worldwide motherboard shipment volume is estimated to have reached 37 mln units. Q4 2005 volume is projected to surpass 40 mln units.