Chip manufacturing equipment sales leapt 37% last year
Sales of chip manufacturing equipment rose 37% to $56.6 billion last year, says SEMI. 2016 sales were $41.24 billion.
Korea claimed the largest market for new semiconductor equipment for the first time, shattering all previous regional spending records with $17.95 billion in equipment sales. Taiwan fell to the second position with sales of $11.49 billion.
Annual spending rates increased for South Korea, Europe, China, Japan and North America. However, new equipment markets in Taiwan and Rest of World (primarily Southeast Asia) contracted.
The 2017 equipment markets in Japan and North America held onto fourth and fifth places, respectively, while the Europe market rose in the rankings to the sixth spot.
The global other front-end segment increased 40%; the wafer processing equipment market segment rose 39%; the assembly and packaging segment jumped 29%; and total test equipment sales increased 27%.
Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region (2016-2017)
|Rest of World||3.20||3.55||-10%|
Source: SEMI/SEAJ April 2018