2006 Semiconductor Equipment Sales

SEMI reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $40.47 billion in 2006, representing a year-over-year increase of 23%. SEMI is the global industry association of companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers. Their data is available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (SEMS) Report.

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 22 product categories, shows worldwide billings totaled $40.47 billion in 2006, compared to $32.88 billion in sales posted in 2005.

For the third year in a row, the Japan market region spent the most on semiconductor equipment, growing almost 13% over 2005 to reach US$9.20 billion. North America reclaimed the number two spot with $7.32 in equipment sales. Following closely behind North America were the regions of Taiwan and South Korea with spending of $7.31 billion and $7.01 billion respectively. After experiencing negative growth in 2005, the China market region grew the most in 2006, rising over 74% to US$2.3 billion. The Rest of World region, which aggregates Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets, increased almost 30%. The equipment market in Europe increased 10% in 2006.

The global wafer processing equipment market segment increased 26%; the assembly and packaging segment grew 14%, the total test equipment sales increased 21%.

2005-2006 Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region
(Dollars in U.S. Millions; Percentage Year-over-Year)

Region 2005 2006 % Change
China 1,327 32,315 74.4
Europe 3,262 3,595 10.2
Japan 8,183 9,209 12.5
Korea 5,826 7,014 20.4
North America 5,702 7,324 28.4
Taiwan 5,722 7,308 27.7
Rest of World 2,862 3,709 29.6
Total Regions 32,884 40,474 23.1

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