China’s production of ICs fell in March by 5.1 percent year-on-year to 28.5 billion units, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

This is a marked contrast to the year-ago output which surged 37.4 percent to 29.1 billion units.

The annual decline in March was greater than that in January and February, which had stood at about 1.2 percent in each month. The reason for the increased decline in March is thought to be supply chain disruptions in manufacturing industries prompted by lockdowns and other restrictions brought in by the government.

China’s first quarter’s output was 80.7 billion units, a 4.2 percent decrease from 1Q21.

The fall in semiconductor output matched decreased car production. China’s car output in March decreased 4.9 per cent from a year ago to 2.4 million units, compared with 11.1 per cent growth in the January-February period, according to NBS data.

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