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Semi equipment sales down in 2005, says SEMI

Posted: 22 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $32.88 billion in 2005, down 11 percent year to year, according to a report by industry association SEMI.

"This past year marked an anticipated decline in the global semiconductor equipment industry following a large expansion in 2004," said StanleyMyers, president and chief executive of SEMI. "However, 2005 still posted the third all-time strongest year for the semiconductor equipment industry."

The South Korean market region grew the most in 2005, rising 26 percent to $5.8 billion, surpassing Taiwan to become the second largest equipment market behind Japan. Japan fell 1 percent to $8.2 billion, while the rest of world region, including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets, declined 36 percent.

The global wafer processing equipment market segment shrank 10 percent; the assembly and packaging segment declined 13 percent, the total test equipment sales decreased 17 percent.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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