Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Semicon equipment sales to reach US$37.5b in 2010, says SEMI

KUALA LUMPUR: Global semiconductor equipment sales are forecast to reach US$37.54 billion in 2010, according to the year-end edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries

The report released on Tuesday, Nov 30 said the forecast indicates that, following a 46% market decline in 2009, the equipment market will expand by 136% in 2010 and experience annual growth of about 4% in 2011 and another 4% in 2012.

Revenues of US$37.54 billion place equipment spending this year on par with 2004 investment levels, it said.

Wafer processing equipment, the largest product segment by dollar value, is expected to increase 137% in 2010 to US$28.11 billion.

The forecast predicts that the market for assembly and packaging equipment will grow by 155% to US$3.59 billion in 2010. The market for semiconductor test equipment is also forecasted to grow by 155% to reach US$3.96 billion this year.

Growth is forecasted for all regions in 2010, with Taiwan being the largest market for equipment followed by South Korea. North America will be the third largest market for overall spending on semiconductor equipment. China, Korea, the rest of world, Europe, and Taiwan regions will experience growth rates over 100%.

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