March 25, 2008 — /SAN JOSE, CA/ — SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, reports that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $42.77 billion in 2007, representing a year-over-year increase of six percent. The data is available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (SEMS) Report, now available from SEMI.
Compiled from data submitted by members of SEMI and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the Worldwide SEMS Report is a summary of the monthly billings and bookings figures for the global semiconductor equipment industry. The report, which includes data for seven major semiconductor producing regions and 23 product categories, shows worldwide billings totaled $42.77 billion in 2007, compared to $40.47 billion in sales posted in 2006.
“Supported by the momentum of the 300-mm ramp and intensive memory investments, the global semiconductor equipment industry experienced its second best year ever,” says Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “Of note are the Taiwan and China regions where Taiwan has surpassed Japan and the China new equipment market is approaching the size of Europe’s new equipment market.”
For the first time, the Taiwan market region sold more semiconductor equipment than any other region, growing 46 percent over 2006 to reach $10.65 billion. Japan claimed the number two spot with $9.31 billion in equipment sales. South Korea ascended to third place reaching $7.35 billion, passing North America at $6.55 billion. China continued with its expansion by growing 26 percent over 2006, reaching $2.92 billion. The Rest of World region, which aggregates Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia, and smaller global markets, decreased 18 percent. The equipment market in Europe decreased eight percent in 2006.
The global wafer processing equipment market segment increased 11 percent, the assembly and packaging segment grew 15 percent, and the total test equipment sales decreased 21 percent. Other front end, which includes mask/reticle equipment, fabrication facilities, and wafer manufacturing equipment, increased two percent.
SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display, and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster, and more economical products that improve lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets, and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and