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SEMI reports increased N. American IC equipment orders

Posted: 27 Jan 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $839 million in orders in December 2002 and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the December 2002 Express Report published by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). The bookings figure is eight percent above the revised November 2002 level of $777 million, yet 37 percent above the $614 million in orders posted in December 2001.

SEMI further reported that the three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2002 was $853 million, 13 percent below the revised November 2002 level of $976 million and five percent above the December 2001 billings level of $810 million.

"The increased bookings level suggests further capital equipment market stabilization. While the bookings figure is well below the peak levels in 2002, the bookings and billings figures are nearing parity, which is seen as a positive trend," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Growth in the semiconductor capital equipment business is anticipated to be on the order of 10 to 20 percent in 2003 on a worldwide basis."

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