Friday, September 16, 2011

N. American semicon makers post August 2011 book-to-bill ratio of 0.80

KUALA LUMPUR: North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted US$1.18 billion in orders in August 2011 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.80, according to the US-based Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers Industry association (SEMI).

A book-to-bill of 0.80 means that $80 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

In its August Book-to-Bill Report published on Sept 15, SEMI said the three-month average of worldwide bookings in August 2011 was US$1.18 billion.

The bookings figure is 8.8% less than the final July 2011 level of US$1.30 billion, and was 34.8% below the US$1.82 billion in orders posted in August 2010.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in August 2011 was US$1.48 billion.

The billings figure is 3% less than the final July 2011 level of US$1.52 billion, and 5.1% less than the August 2010 billings level of US$1.55 billion, it said.

SEMI president and chief executive officer Stanley T Myers said weaker DRAM demand, foundry spending reductions and near-term uncertainties about electronics demand were reflected in declining sales trends for new semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

'Consequently, the SEMI 3-month average billings are at levels last seen in June of 2010,' he said.


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