Friday, September 17, 2010

#Flash* N. American semicon equipment makers record US$1.82b orders

KUALA LUMPUR: North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.82 billion in orders in August 2010, based on a three-month average basis.

According to the report published on its website on Thursday, Sept 16, the Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers Industry (SEMI) said the book-to-bill ratio was 1.17. A book-to-bill of 1.17 means that US$117 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed for the month.

'The three-month average of worldwide bookings in August 2010 was US$1.82 billion. The bookings figure is 1.1 percent lower than the final July 2010 level of US$1.84 billion, and is 195.5 percent above the US$614.5 million in orders posted in August 2009,' it said.

SEMI said the three-month average of worldwide billings in August 2010 was US$1.55 billion. The billings figure is up 3.8% from the final July 2010 level of US$1.50 billion, and is 167.6% above the August 2009 billings level of US$580.0 million.

"Overall equipment billings increased 4% in August resulting in the highest levels experienced since September 2007," said SEMI president and CEO Stanley T. Myers said.

"While bookings declined slightly in August, 2010 is still on track to be a record growth year for semiconductor equipment.'

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers.

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