Orders for Japan-made chipmaking gear rise 7.1% in Nov.

December 27, 2005 – Global orders for Japanese-made chipmaking equipment in November rose 7.1% from a year earlier to 130.9 billion yen ($US1.126 billion), posting an increase for the third straight month, the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan said Monday, reported the Jiji Press.

By product, orders for testing equipment jumped 76.7% to 31.2 billion yen and those for assembly equipment surged 76.0% to 11.5 billion yen. But orders for wafer-processing equipment declined 15.8% to 76.3 billion yen.

Domestic orders for chipmaking equipment made by Japanese and foreign manufacturers jumped 49.5% to 58.8 billion yen in November, the SEAJ said. By product, orders for wafer-processing equipment jumped 36.1% to 34.3 billion yen and those for testing equipment surged by 2.4-fold to 13.4 billion yen.

Meanwhile, global sales of chipmaking equipment made by Japanese manufacturers rose 9.7% to 121.5 billion yen in November, rising for the third consecutive month, the SEAJ said. Sales of testing equipment gained 18.9% and those of assembly equipment went up 29.7%.

Domestic sales of chipmaking equipment made by domestic and foreign makers rose 29.5% to 61.8 billion yen, posting an increase for four months in a row. Sales of wafer-processing equipment grew 28.9% and those of testing equipment surged 76.8%.


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