SEMI forecast: Chip equipment sales grow 12 per cent in 2011

SEMI forecast: Chip equipment sales to grow 12 per cent in 2011

2:32 PM, 13th July 2011
SEMI forecast: Chip equipment sales to grow 12 per cent in 2011
Stanley Myers, President and CEO, SEMI.


SAN JOSE, US: Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment will reach $44.33 billion in 2011, representing growth of 12.1 per cent on year, according to SEMI’s (the trade association for chip makers) mid-year forecast.

The year 2011 is likely to be the second highest spending year in history, second only to the $48 billion spent in 2000, SEMI noted. The year will also be the highest spending year ever for wafer processing equipment.

In 2012, the equipment market is expected to experience a slight decrease of about 1.2 per cent with wafer processing equipment spending declining 2 per cent, SEMI indicated. Both the test and assembly equipment markets will also see low single-digit growth in 2012.

“Semiconductor equipment manufacturers will still see a double-digit increase in spending for 2011 following a phenomenal recovery year with triple-digit growth in 2010. We expect worldwide equipment sales to remain at high levels in 2012,” said Stanley Myers, President and CEO, SEMI.


Forecast by Equipment Segment and by Region



Wafer processing equipment, the largest product segment by dollar value, is expected to increase 18.8 per cent in 2011 to $35.1 billion, SEMI said. However, the markets for both test and assembly equipment will contract in 2011.

Growth is forecast for all regions in 2011 with Taiwan expected to be the largest market for equipment spending in both 2011 and 2012, according to SEMI.

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