Secondary semiconductor equipment market is complex, and growing

April 13, 2011 — SEMI and Semico announced the Secondary Semiconductor Equipment Market Study, which estimates that secondary market equipment sales reached $6.0 billion in 2010, a 77% increase over 2009. At 13% of the total equipment spending for semiconductor manufacturing, secondary equipment and services are gaining importance at both 300 and 200mm fabs.

The study was initiated by the Secondary Equipment, Services & Technology Group (SESTG), a special interest group of SEMI, with participation from the full spectrum of the secondary equipment market: IDMs, foundries, equipment OEMs, finance and lease companies, refurbishers and brokers.

The current market is complex, which makes the secondary semicondustor equipment sector difficutt to measure, noted Dan Tracy, senior director, Industry Research & Statistics at SEMI, "Secondary semiconductor equipment is refurbished and sold through a variety of different players; it is a highly fragmented supply chain.  In addition to the original equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, refurbishers, dealers and brokers also buy and sell equipment.  One piece of equipment can change hands several times before it is put back into a production or research facility."

The Secondary Semiconductor Equipment Market Study is based on a combination of primary research and secondary data analysis. SEMI/SESTG, in collaboration with Semico Research Corp., conducted surveys of the secondary equipment community.  Participants included IDMs, foundries, OEMs (equipment suppliers), equipment brokers, dealers and refurbishers. Primary data was supplemented with information from company financial reports, company analyst presentations as well as Semico Research Corp.’s databases including capital expenditures, semiconductor fabs, and wafer demand. SEMI and Semico have an extensive network of contacts ranging from executives to engineers at semiconductor manufacturers and semiconductor equipment vendors.  The information in this study was developed from surveys, interviews and briefings by these contacts and from ongoing conversations with the contacts.

The study estimates the secondary equipment market by region, by wafer size, by equipment type, and by vendor type. The study can be used to help companies improve business planning, market share and sales analysis, investment sourcing, resource allocation, and new product development. It can be purchased in SEMI’s store.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. For more information, visit Read SEMI’s blog, SEMI News and Views

Semico Research Corp is a semiconductor marketing and consulting research company. For more information, visit

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  1. Srinivas Tirumala

    The secondary semiconductor equipment market is not a threat to the OEM manufacturers in fact it helps to give customers affordable systems, helps manufacturers to extend the life of their machines and more time to innovate their systems. Customers want to upgrade their system for improved performance specifications with reduced capital costs which is possible with the help of refurbished equipment sellers.

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