Prediction: 11.6% Growth in Packaging Investments

(July 17, 2006) SAN FRANCISCO &#151 The 2006 semiconductor equipment market is expected to grow 18% in 2006, with the Chinese market region leading the trend, according to SEMI’s Mid-year Consensus Forecast. Respondents surveyed saw a flat market approaching in 2007, with 2008 reviving growth to 18%. Overall, 2006 will be the second largest market year for semiconductor equipment sales, and the future market is expected to contain less remarkable cycle fluctuations and more consistent diversification and end-market growth.

(July 17, 2006) SAN FRANCISCO &#151 Advanced Packaging and Solid State Technology Magazines invited SEMICON West attendees to vote for Final Manufacturing and Wafer Processing products that demonstrated capabilities for the next generation in the industry. Winners received Attendees’ Choice Awards in categories based on viability, innovation, and adaptability.


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