Semiconductor equipment sales total in 2000 higher than previous 2 years combined March 1, 2001–San Jose, California–Sales of worldwide semiconductor equipment nearly doubled in 2000, increasing 90% over the previous year, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International’s (SEMI) just-released ‘Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics Report.’ The report, which includes data for the six major semiconductor producing regions and 21 product categories, shows worldwide shipments totaled $48.4 billion in 2000, compared with $25.5 billion in sales posted in 1999. Compiled from data submitted by members of SEMI and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the report is a summary of the monthly shipments and bookings figures for the global semiconductor equipment industry. “The year-end totals confirm what was increasingly apparent all last year–2000 was a record buster,” says SEMI President and CEO Stanley T. Myers. “Among regions, Taiwan continued to set the pace for the industry and for the first time finished the year as the second largest market for semiconductor equipment. Electroplating and other thin-film deposition equipment stood out with 122% growth, among other product categories, reflecting the increasing adoption of copper interconnect technology. Linear and mixed signal test equipment led among back-end process equipment, with 126% growth, largely in response to the expansion of telecommunications and wireless technologies.” North America remained the largest market for semiconductor equipment, rising to $13.15 billion in 2000, an increase of 77% over $7.45 billion in sales during 1999. Taiwan followed, posting sales of $9.42 billion, up 108% from $4.52 billion in sales in 1999. Japan was right behind, with sales of $9.22 billion, and increase of 67% over the $5.52 billion posted in 1999. Shipments to Europe climbed 105% in 2000 to $6.62 billion from $3.24 billion in 1999, while shipments to Korea rose 100% to $3.96 billion. The market for Singapore, Malaysia, China, and other Southeast Asia countries led regional year-over-year growth at 116%, with sales reaching $6 billion in 2000, compared to $2.79 billion in 1999. To obtain a copy of the report, contact SEMI–phone: 408/943-6973, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.