June 16, 2004 – SEMI has reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.14B in the first quarter of 2004. The figure is 65 percent above the same quarter a year ago and 42 percent above the billings figure for the fourth
quarter of 2003.
The data is gathered in cooperation with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from more than 150 global equipment companies that provide data on a monthly basis.
SEMI also reported worldwide semiconductor equipment bookings of US$9.60B in the first quarter of 2004. The figure is 118 percent above the same quarter a year ago and 9.3 percent above the bookings figure for the fourth quarter of 2003.
“The strength of the first quarter billings and bookings supports the outlook for a robust growth year for the semiconductor equipment market,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “Billings levels in all regions were strong sequentially, and based on bookings will remain so in the second quarter.”