Two-thirds, compared to 62 percent last year, anticipate an increase in the number of merger and acquisition deals in the industry during 2013. More than three-quarters expect semiconductor-related R&D spending to increase, up significantly from 2012 (65 percent).
Near-field communications (32 percent) and RFID (28 percent) were cited most often as the technologies expected to provide the best platforms for enabling mobile payments.
"The decline in Korea and Taiwan may be explained by their high exposure to the Japanese and China economies which are both in poorer condition than 2011," Gary Matuszak, global chair of KPMG's Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice, said in a statement.
this is an interesting article, I think Global Semiconductor Executives are figuring out that investing and Playing China is not easy and not worth it any more.
Asian business dominated by low cost competition with local govt. Subsidy and Invention,
1) China specially has too much Govt. intervention. Govt is protecting and promoting local companies and market is not free, no not good business Ideas, besides very hard to protect IP & Tech Know how, too many copy cats
2) Korean companies have Govt. protection as well.
3) Taiwan has nationalistic approach to its Industry, hard for outsiders to win here,
It is much easier for Korean and Taiwanese companies to win here,
Also Asian companies are realizing importance of R&D Talent in USA, lot of companies investing in R&D in USA.
I think more MFG investment will also be seen from Asia in USA.
To your last point. That could well be the case.
There are rumors that Apple will pressure Hon Hai to build a manufacturing plant in the United States. But that would just be one example.
There is a lot of awareness in Europe of how Germany's manufacturing- and export-led economy is really the most viable here. There is also much discussion of re-industrialization.
But how to achieve it against global competition is not easy.