SEMI expects 2012 sales down 2.6%
Sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment will fall 2.6% this year from 2011’s $43.5bn to $42.3bn in 2012. The 2011 market was 9% up on 2010.
2012 will still be the fourth highest spend ever and next year, 2013. The three higher spending years were 2011 ($43.5bn), 2007 ($42.8bn) and 2000 ($47.7bn).
Next year, 2013, is expected to be the second highest spending year ever at $46.7bn.
“Following a multi-year market expansion, sales will again exceed $42 billion — just one billion short of last year’s spending rate as the industry absorbs new capacity,” says SEMI CEO Denny McGuirk.
Wafer processing equipment will account for $33bn of the total; test equipment will take $3.78bn; and assembly and packaging $3.37bn.
Only two regions, Korea and Taiwan, are expected to grow sales this year. They will be the two largest markets for equipment spending in 2012.
In 2013, Korea and North America are expected to claim the top spots, with Taiwan slipping to third place.