According to Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC) of Information Industry Institute (III), shipment value of the global IT hardware industry totaled about USD 172.7 billion in 2018, up 0.8% compared to 2017. The US-China trade continues to have its toll on the IT market and industry as the war has greatly increased the instability of manufacturing in China, leading to a decrease in the proportion of Taiwanese IT companies having production lines in China from 91.7% in 2017 to 90.4% in 2018.

This report provides an overview of the IT industry, pinpoints the development of four highlighted topics in smart speaker, smart autonomous driving, smart chip, and smart manufacturing, and examines the outlook for the IT hardware industry.