May 11, 2005 – SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.35 billion in the 1Q05. The figure is 2.3% above the same quarter a year ago and 6.5% more than the billings figure for the 4Q04.
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$7.25 billion in the 1Q05. The figure is 21% below the same quarter a year ago and 12% below the bookings figure for the 4Q04.
“The first quarter billings showed some positive momentum over the fourth quarter of last year, while worldwide bookings for semiconductor manufacturing equipment are down for the same period,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “Billings levels in Korea were up significantly over the previous quarter.”