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SEMI Announces Mid-year Forecast for Chip Equipment Industry

SAN FRANCISCO – SEMI projects 2011 semiconductor equipment sales to reach $44.33 billion according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast, released here today by SEMI at the annual SEMICON West exposition.

The forecast indicates that, following a 148 percent market increase in 2010, the equipment market will expand by 12.1 percent in 2011. The year 2011 is likely to be the second highest spending year in history, second only to the $48 billion spent in 2000. It will also be the highest spending year ever for Wafer Processing equipment.

In 2012, the equipment market is expected to experience a slight decrease of about 1.2 percent, with Wafer Processing equipment spending declining 2.0 percent. Low single-digit growth in both the Test and Assembly equipment markets is expected.

“Semiconductor equipment manufacturers will still see a double-digit increase in spending for 2011 following a phenomenal recovery year with triple-digit growth in 2010,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “We expect worldwide equipment sales to remain at high levels in 2012.”

Wafer Processing Equipment, the largest product segment by dollar value, is expected to increase 18.8 percent in 2011 to $35.1 billion. The forecast predicts that the market for both Test and Assembly equipment will contract in 2011, with semiconductor Test equipment forecasted to decline by 5.5 percent (to $3.92 billion) and Assembly and Packaging forecasted to decline by 18.0 percent (to $3.18 billion).

Growth is forecasted for all regions in 2011 with Taiwan expected to be the largest market for equipment spending in both 2011 and 2012. In 2011, North America will be the second largest market in equipment spending ($9.25 billion), with an almost 61 percent increase in spending over the previous year. Korea will be third in terms of equipment spending ($7.98 billion).

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