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Wafer fab equipment market declines in 2002

Posted: 09 Apr 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Worldwide wafer fab equipment revenue in 2002 totaled $16.5 billion, a 31.6 percent decline from 2001's $24.1 billion revenue, reported Gartner Inc.

"All major segments were affected by the industry decline in 2002. Typically, in a slow year, there are a few segments that give the industry a bit of a boost," said Dean Freeman, principal analyst for Gartner's semiconductor research group. "In 2002, some emerging technologies, such as SiGe epitaxy and atomic layer deposition, demonstrated growth and a few of the technology segments associated with copper dual damascene grew, but as a whole, all segments failed to inspire the industry."

According to Gartner, all of the regions experienced significant declines in 2002 with Europe being the hardest hit region declining 46 percent from 2001. Japan suffered the most in the Asia-Pacific region as equipment sales declined nearly 45 percent. Meanwhile, Taiwan suffered the least with only a 10 percent decline because of a Q2 buying spree, coupled with limited capacity at 130nm during the year.

The rest of Asia-Pacific is said to have benefited from the activity in China and declined by only 12.8 percent. The Americas, on the other hand, performed a little better than the overall market, declining 29 percent.

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