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NAND Flash industry revenue grows 2.9% in 3Q23

TrendForce reports a pivotal shift in the NAND Flash market for 3Q23, primarily driven by Samsung’s strategic decision to reduce production.

Initially, the market was clouded by uncertainty regarding end-user demand and fears of a subdued peak season, prompting buyers to adopt a conservative approach with low inventory and slow procurement. However, as market leaders like Samsung implemented substantial production cuts, buyers’ attitudes shifted toward a more aggressive procurement strategy in anticipation of a market supply decrease. This led to a stabilisation and even an uptick in NAND Flash contract prices by quarter-end, driving a 3% QoQ increase in bit shipments and culminating in a total revenue of USD 9.229 billion, marking an approximate 2.9% increase.

The story unfolds with Kioxia and Micron – the only two to witness a dip in revenue rankings this quarter – while Samsung maintained its robust performance. Despite sluggish demand in the server sector, Samsung’s fortunes rebounded thanks to a boost in consumer electronics, especially with high-capacity products in PCs and smartphones. Samsung emerged from a trough in Q3, with strategic inventory replenishments fueling further strategic stocking, and a shift in operational focus toward maximizing profit. This led to a minor 1–3% decrease in shipped bits, but a 1–3% increase in ASP, stabilising Q3 NAND Flash revenue at USD 2.9 billion.

Kioxia saw a 3% increase in Q3 ASP, boosted by rebounding wafer contract prices and early strategic stockpiling by laptop clients. However, a delay in orders from American smartphone brands led to a 10–15% decrease in shipped bits, causing a dip in NAND Flash revenue to USD 1.34 billion, marking an 8.6% decline in QoQ.

Micron was characterised by steady orders from PC and mobile sectors and inventory restocking by some enterprise SSD clients. Despite maintaining bit shipments from Q2, a 15% drop in ASP led to a slight slip in revenue to USD 1.15 billion, a 5.2% decrease in QoQ. Yet, Q4 forecasts a more vibrant scenario, with a comprehensive rebound in contract prices and a surge in order growth driven by price hikes, setting Micron up for over 20% revenue growth QoQ.

Other industry giants like SK Group (SK hynix & Solidigm) and WDC rode the wave of renewed demand in consumer electronics. SK Group, buoyed by renewed demand for high-capacity products in the PC and smartphone arenas, maintained a steady increase in bit shipments, catapulting Q3 NAND Flash revenue to USD 1.86 billion–an 11.9% uptick. WDC’s narrative echoed this success, with Q3 PC demand outstripping forecasts and resilient demand in mobile and gaming categories underscoring an effective price-driven increase in bit shipments, thus boosting the NAND Flash division’s revenue to USD 1.556 billion, a significant 13% climb in QoQ.

CompanyRevenueMarket share
3Q23QoQ (%)3Q232Q23
Samsung2,900.00.0%31.4%32.3%
SK Group
(SK hynix + Solidigm)
1,864.011.9%20.2%18.6%
WDC1,556.013.0%16.9%15.3%
Kioxia1,336.0-8.6%14.5%16.3%
Micron1,150.0-5.2%12.5%13.5%
Others423.119.3%4.6%4.0%
Total9,229.12.9%100%100%
3Q23 revenue ranking for NAND flash manufacturers (USD million)

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