Semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales rose 9% in 2011

March 13, 2012 — Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $43.53 billion in 2011, representing a year-over-year increase of 9%, shows the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (SEMS) Report from SEMI.

Categories cover wafer processing and other front-end equipment, assembly and packaging, and test. Other front-end includes mask/reticle manufacturing, wafer manufacturing, and fab facilities equipment.

The global wafer processing equipment market segment increased 15%, the assembly and packaging segment decreased 14%, and total test equipment sales decreased 9%. Other front-end equipment sales grew by 5%.

Worldwide billings totaled $43.53 billion in 2011, compared to $39.93 billion in sales posted in 2010. Also read: Semiconductor fab equipment spending to hit a record in 2013

Spending rates varied for all the regions tracked in the WWSEMS report, with increases reported for Europe, North America, and Japan. North America surpassed Taiwan as the region with the highest amount of spending with $9.26 billion in equipment sales. The Korea market claimed the second place for the second year in a row with $8.66 billion in sales; Taiwan fell to the third position with a regional decrease of 24%.

Table. 2010-2011 Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region. (Dollars in US billions; Percentage Year-over-Year). Source: SEMI/SEAJ March 2012.

Region

2011

2010

% Change

North America

9.26

5.75

61%

South Korea

8.66

8.63

0%

Taiwan

8.52

11.25

-24%

Japan

5.81

4.44

31%

Europe

4.22

2.34

80%

China

3.65

3.68

-1%

Rest of World
(Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines,
other areas of Southeast Asia and
smaller global markets)

3.41

3.84

-11%

Total

43.53

39.93

9%

Note: Figures may not add due to rounding.

Compiled from data submitted by members of SEMI and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the Worldwide SEMS Report is a summary of the monthly billings and bookings figures for the global semiconductor equipment industry. The report includes data for seven major semiconductor producing regions and 24 product categories. The Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) from SEMI provides comprehensive market data for the global semiconductor equipment market. A subscription includes three reports: the monthly SEMI Book-to-Bill Report, which offers an early perspective of the trends in the equipment market; the monthly Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (SEMS), a detailed report of semiconductor equipment bookings and billings for seven regions and over 22 market segments; and the SEMI Semiconductor Equipment Consensus Forecast, which provides an outlook for the semiconductor equipment market. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

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