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Semiconductor sales down by 11% in 2005

Posted: 22 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spencer Chin  SEMI  semiconductor manufacturing equipment 

Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totalled Rs.1,45,494 crore ($32.88 billion) in 2005, down 11 per cent year to year, according to a report by industry association SEMI.

"This past year marked an anticipated decline in the global semiconductor equipment industry following a large expansion in 2004," said StanleyMyers, president and chief executive of SEMI. "However, 2005 still posted the third all-time strongest year for the semiconductor equipment industry."

The South Korean market region grew the most in 2005, rising 26 per cent to Rs.25,665 crore ($5.8 billion), surpassing Taiwan to become the second largest equipment market behind Japan. Japan fell one per cent to Rs.36,285 crore ($8.2 billion), while the rest of world region, including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets, declined 36 per cent.

The global wafer processing equipment market segment shrank 10 per cent; the assembly and packaging segment declined 13 per cent, the total test equipment sales decreased 17 per cent.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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