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North American semicon equipment industry posts 0.92 ratio

Posted: 24 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment have posted $742 million in orders in January 2003 and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.92, according to the January 2003 Express Report published by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).

The bookings figure of $742 million is ten percent below the revised December 2002 level of $827 million, and 15 percent above the $645 million in orders posted in January 2002.

SEMI further said that the three-month average of worldwide billings in January 2003 was $806 million. The billings figure is reportedly eight percent below the revised December 2002 level of $878 million and one percent above the January 2002 billings level of $800 million.

"North American suppliers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment continue to see a weak industry environment," said Dan Tracy, Ph.D., director of Industry Research and Statistics at SEMI. "The current outlook remains uncertain with few indications of a strong rebound in the immediate future. However, we expect capital expenditures to increase later this year as the industry is slated to bring on about 15 new fabs capable of sub 0.25m technology in 2003 and 2004."

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