SEMI reports 2015 global semiconductor equipment sales of $36.5B

SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $36.53 billion in 2015, representing a year-over-year decrease of 3 percent. 2015 total equipment bookings were 5 percent lower than in 2014. The data are available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS) Report, now available from SEMI.

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, which includes data for seven major semiconductor producing regions and 24 product categories, shows worldwide billings totaled $36.53 billion in 2015, compared to $37.50 billion in sales posted in 2015. Categories cover wafer processing, assembly and packaging, test, and other front-end equipment. Other front-end includes mask/reticle manufacturing, wafer manufacturing, and fab facilities equipment.

Spending rates increased for Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and China, while the new equipment markets in North America, Rest of World, and Europe contracted. Taiwan remained the largest market for new semiconductor equipment for the fourth year in a row with $9.64 billion in equipment sales. The expanding markets in South Korea and Japan surpassed the North American market, to claim the second and third largest markets, respectively, while North America fell to fourth place at $5.12 billion. The China market remained larger than the Rest of World and European markets.

The global other front end segment increased 16 percent; the wafer processing equipment market segment decreased 2 percent; total test equipment sales decreased 6 percent; and the assembly and packaging segment decreased 18 percent.

Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region (2014-2015)

2015

2014

% Change

Taiwan

9.64

9.41

2%

South Korea

7.47

6.84

9%

Japan

5.49

4.18

31%

North America

5.12

8.16

-37%

China

4.90

4.37

12%

Rest of World

1.97

2.15

-9%

Europe

1.94

2.38

-19%

Total

36.53

37.50

-3%

Source: SEMI/SEAJ March 2016; Note: Figures may not add due to rounding.

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