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Chip Equipment Spending Expected to Grow 15% in 2015

02 December 2014

Worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 15.2 percent to nearly $44 billion in 2015, according to trade association SEMI’s annual forecast. The association said the chip equipment market would end 2014 growing 19 percent to $38 billion.

Chipmakers in Taiwan will spend $12.3 billion on semiconductor equipment in 2015, up from $9.6 billion in 2014, according to SEMI. South Korea will invest about $8 billion in equipment in 2015, compared to $6.4 billion in 2014. Semiconductor equipment spending in North America will fall from $8.31 billion in 2014 to $7.5 billion in 2015, said SEMI.

Equipment spending in China will rise from $4.66 billion in 2014 to $5.14 billion, while spending in Japan will increase modestly from $2.14 billion in 2014 to $2.41 in 2015, according to SEMI.

In 2015, equipment spending will increase the most in Europe on a percentage basis. Equipment sales will rise 47.9 percent to $3.9 billion, up from $2.65 billion in 2014.

Wafer processing equipment is the largest semiconductor equipment category. It will end 2014 growing 17.8 percent to $29.9 billion, according to SEMI’s forecast. Assembly and packaging equipment revenue was forecast to rise 30.6 percent to $3 billion in 2014, while sales of semiconductor test equipment would increase 26.5 percent, reaching $3.4 billion this year, the association said. SEMI’s “other front end” category which includes fab facilities, mask/reticle, and wafer manufacturing equipment, is expected to increase 14.8 percent in 2014.

In 2016, semiconductor equipment spending will be essentially flat as sales are forecast to total $43.68 billion, according to SEMI’s forecast.

Related links:

IHS Semiconductor Manufacturing

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