Friday, December 17, 2010

US semicon equipment industry Nov book-to-bill lowest since June '09

KUALA LUMPUR: The North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.51 billion in orders in November 2010 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96.

The book-to-bill ratio of 0.96, means that US$96 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed for the month, was the lowest since June 2009's ratio of 0.80.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in November 2010 was US$1.51 billion. The bookings figure is 5.3% lower than the final October 2010 level of US$1.59 billion, and is 90.6% above the US$791.8 million in orders posted in November 2009.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in November 2010 was US$1.57 billion. The billings figure is down 3.4% from the final October 2010 level of US$1.62 billion, and is 110.7% above the November 2009 billings level of US$744.2 million.

The president and CEO of SEMI Stanley T. Myers said following a historic growth period and 18 months of sequential growth, and in accordance with seasonal trends, sales of semiconductor equipment eased in November.

"This tracks the bookings trend which peaked in July,' he said.

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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