Global chipmaking gear sales up 50% in Sept.

November 15, 2004 – Global sales of chipmaking equipment in September rose 50% from a year before to $3596 million, a 14th straight year-on-year increase, as demand in Taiwan and South Korea grew sharply, a SEMI-SEAJ industry survey showed, said Jiji Press Ltd.

Sales in Japan rose 8.8%, while those in Taiwan and South Korea jumped 2.21-fold and 2.17-fold, respectively, according to data compiled by the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan and Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International. The growth in Japanese sales was limited because semiconductor investments in Japan started recovering earlier than those in other regions.

US sales grew 15.8% and those in Europe grew 31.7%. Sales in other regions, including China, rose 74.5%. By product, sales of wafer-processing equipment rose 61.7% and those of testing equipment grew 7.7%. In April-September, global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment grew 88.2% to US$19,153.88 million.


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