San Jose, California–North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted $2.74 billion in orders and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.12 during November 2000, reports Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) in its ‘November 2000 Express Report.’
“A decline in orders and shipments has been widely anticipated, given the record-breaking activity over the past year and the industry momentum that has been sustained since September 1998,” says SEMI President and CEO Stanley Meyers. “While many industry analysts have been revising their 2001 forecasts downward, capital spending announcements point to a ramp-up in 300mm wafer production in 2001.”
The 3-month average of worldwide bookings during November 2000 is $2.74 billion. This figure is 8% below the October 2000 level, according to SEMI, but is 62% above the $1.7 billion orders posted in November 1999.
The 3-month average of worldwide shipments in November 2000 was $2.44 billion, reports SEMI. This figure is 5% below the October 2000 level, but 60% above the November 1999 shipments level of $1.53 billion.