Huge drop in equipment sales in 2013
SEMI says that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will contract 13.3% to $32 billion in 2013.
In 2014, all regions except Rest of World are expected to have strong positive growth, resulting in a global increase of 23.2 % in sales. 2015 sales are expected to continue to grow — increasing 2.4 % with Japan, Europe, Korea, China, and Rest of World regions registering positive growth.
Wafer processing equipment, the largest product segment by dollar value, is anticipated to decrease 10.7% in 2013 to $25.1 billion, on a par with 2004 spending levels.
The forecast predicts that the market for assembly and packaging equipment will decline by 22.1% to $2.4 billion in 2013.
The market for semiconductor test equipment is forecasted to decline by 20.7%, reaching $2.8 billion this year.
The “Other Front End” category (fab facilities, mask/reticle, and wafer manufacturing equipment) is expected in decrease 25.2% in 2013.
Korea, Taiwan, and North America remain the largest spending regions, though of the three only Taiwan is expected to show an increase in spending for 2013.
Taiwan will reach equipment sales of $10.2 billion, with North American sales totaling $5.7 billion and Korea sales registering $5.5 billion.
Regions experiencing the steepest declines in spending in 2013 include: Korea, North America, and Europe.
The equipment market in Rest of World, primarily Southeast Asia, is expected to increase 3.2 %.