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Analyst: 2012 IC equipment sales to reach $38.2B

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor manufacturing equipment? global sales?

According to the year-end SEMI Semiconductor Equipment Consensus Forecast, global sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will reach $38.2�billion this year. The market research firm added that semiconductor equipment sales are seen to drop before posting low double-digit growth in 2014.

After a 151 per cent market increase in 2010 and a nine per cent increase in 2011, the equipment market is expected to contract by 12.2 per cent this year. Growth is expected in just two regions in 2012Taiwan (12.7 per cent increase over 2011) and South Korea (10.7 per cent increase). In 2012, Taiwan and South Korea each will reach equipment sales of $9.6 billion, with North American sales totalling $8 billion. Rest of World (ROW), Europe and Japan are the most negatively impacted in 2012.

In 2013, China, Taiwan and Japan are expected to have slight to moderate positive growth. While the overall 2013 forecast indicates another 2.1 per cent reduction in sales, 2014 sales are expected to reboundincreasing 12.5 per cent with all regions increasing sales.

Wafer processing equipment, the largest product segment by dollar value, is expected to decrease 14.8 per cent in 2012 to $29.3 billion, and remain at about that same level in 2013. The forecast predicts that the market for assembly and packaging equipment will decline by 5.1 per cent to $3.2 billion in 2012. The market for semiconductor test equipment is forecast to decline by 4.8 per cent, reaching $3.6 billion this year. On the positive side, the "Other Front End" category (fab facilities, mask/reticle, and wafer manufacturing equipment) is expected in increase 6.3 per cent in 2012.

The following results are given in terms of market size in billions of U.S. dollars and percentage growth over the prior year:

Forecast by Equipment Segment

Figure 1: Forecast by Equipment Segment. Source: SEMI December 2012

Forecast by Region

Figure 2: Forecast by Region. Source: SEMI December 2012

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