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TEL seen slipping in equipment rankings

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With ASML Holding NV nipping at its heels, Japans Tokyo Electron Ltd (TEL) must show stronger than average growth to maintain its position as the worlds second largest chip-equipment provider, behind Applied Materials Inc., according to a report from The Information Network (New Tripoli, Penn.).

TELs success has been a result of an extensive combination of collaborative research with consortia, joint ventures, and technology investments, said Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network. But the company needs capitalize on these endeavors and enter new sectors with their own original products that will grow above the industry average over the coming years. Knocking on TELs back door is ASML

Lithography-tool specialist ASML of the Netherlands is the worlds third largest chip-equipment provider.

TEL entered the semiconductor-equipment business in 1963, but the company didnt enter the top-10 until 1983, when it garnered $98 million in revenues. It was in the top-10 rankings until 1989 when it gained first place with $635 million in revenues.

The company relinquished its first place ranking to Applied Materials in 1992, but the Japanese company is slowly catching up to its U.S. rival. In 1999, TELs revenues were less that half (46 percent) of Applied Materials, increasing to 55 percent in 2001 and 63 percent in 2004.

Last year, TEL (Tokyo) was the market leader in each of the following sectors: coater/developer, spin-on deposition, vertical tube CVD, dielectric etch, and thermal processing system, according to the research firm.

TELs market share has risen consistently from 2001 to 2004," notes Castellano. On the negative site, only 28 percent of TELs revenues were in sectors that exhibited stronger than the average market growth on 2004, namely coater/developer, scrubber, and dielectric etch.

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