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SEMI's equipment book-to-bill remains flat

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

Keywords:semiconductor equipment? semi tools? book-to-bill? SEMI? Mark LaPedus?

North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 0.97 in November, up from 0.94 in October, according to SEMI.

A book-to-bill of 0.97 means that $97 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month. The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in November 2006 was $1.45 billion. The bookings figure is one percent below the final October 2006 level of $1.47 billion and 33 percent above the $1.09 billion in orders posted in November 2005.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in November 2006 was $1.49 billion. The billings figure is about four percent below the final October 2006 level of $1.56 billion and almost 27 percent higher than the November 2005 billings level of $1.18 billion.

''North American semiconductor equipment bookings and billings have moderated in recent months, following a strong first half of 2006 and expected cyclic patterns,'' said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. ''Though having slowed recently, bookings remain at levels well above those of the last slowdown in 2005.''

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times




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