November 23, 2004 – The book-to-bill ratio for Japanese chipmaking equipment manufacturers came in at 0.91 in October, below the key 1.00-mark, according to the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), reported the Nihon Keizai Shimbun America.
October’s ratio was a slight improvement from September, when the ratio was at 0.87. In August, the figure stood at 1.02.
Also, global orders for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment fell 5.0% in October from a year earlier to 114.51 billion yen (US$1.11 billion), according to preliminary data released by SEAJ.
The book-to-bill ratio measures the amount of new orders versus the amount of actual products shipped. A ratio higher than 1.00 means new orders outpaced shipments, implying a good business outlook.