Taiwanese chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) said on Monday it was implementing strict cost controls because of soft demand and a weak outlook, in a further sign of pain facing the tech industry. UMC, whose clients include U.S. company Qualcomm Inc and Germany's Infineon, has benefited from a global semiconductor shortage that has kept chipmaker order books full in the past two years or so. But demand has slumped in recent months as soaring inflation, rising interest rates and a gloomy world economic outlook have led consumers and businesses to tighten spending.
TAIPEI, Taiwan, January 16, 2023--United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) ("UMC" or "The Company"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced its consolidated operating results for the fourth quarter of 2022.
United Microelectronics (NYSE: UMC), Taiwan's second-largest contract chipmaker and the world's third-largest foundry, doesn't attract nearly as much attention as the market leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE: TSM). TSMC and UMC are both based in Hsinchu, Taiwan, but the former generated more than seven times as much revenue as the latter last year. Back in 1980, Taiwan's government-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) spun out UMC as the country's first semiconductor company.