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IC equipment sales up 23% in '06

Posted: 21 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment hit $40.47 billion in 2006, up 23 percent from 2005 billings, according to a SEMI report. The reports include compiled data from SEMI and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ).

"The worldwide semiconductor equipment industry resumed strong growth in 2006 as the robust memory chip market and continued transition to 300mm wafers fueled sales of manufacturing technology," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "With double-digit gains in all market regions, the equipment industry posted annual sales second only to the extraordinary levels in 2000."

For the third consecutive year, Japan claims the top spot in terms of semiconductor equipment spending with $9.20 billion, up 13 percent from year-ago period. North America reclaimed the second spot with $7.32 billion in equipment sales. Following closely behind North America were Taiwan and South Korea with spending of $7.31 billion and $7.01 billion, respectively. After recording negative growth in 2005, the China market region grew the most in 2006, rising over 74 percent to $2.3 billion. The Rest of World region (which aggregates Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets) increased almost 30 percent. The equipment market in Europe rose 10 percent in 2006.

Meanwhile, global wafer processing equipment market segment rose 26 percent, assembly and packaging segment grew 14 percent and the total test equipment sales increased 21 percent.

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