February 21, 2001–San Jose, California–The top 10 semiconductor equipment suppliers set all kinds of records last year, reports market research firm VLSI Research Inc., with 2000 being the first year that all top 10 companies’ sales exceeded $1 billion. The top 10 includes: Applied Materials; Tokyo Electron Ltd.; Nikon Corp.; Teradyne, Inc.; ASML; KLA-Tencor; Advantest; Lam Research Corp.; Canon Inc.; and Dainippon Screen Manufacturing.
As a group, the top 10 companies grew 85.6% in 2000 over 1999. The 12 largest companies had sales exceeding $1 billion, compared to only 6 companies achieving sales over $1 billion in 1999. In 2000, growth among the top 10 equipment companies varied from a low of 58% to a high of 115%. Dainippon Screen Manufacturing and Advantest achieved the highest sales growth with 115% and 95.4%, respectively.
Wafer processing equipment manufacturers were the top performers in 2000, according to VLSI, with combined sales increasing 87%. Dainippon Screen Manufacturing and #11-ranked Novellus Systems saw the most growth in this group. The ATE companies grew on the average of 79.7%, led by Advantest.
In 2000, Japanese companies gained market share with a collective 86.8% sales increase over 1999. American companies grew 86.6%, while European companies’ sales grew 68%.