March 24, 2008 20:16 ET

SEMI Reports 2007 Global Semiconductor Equipment Sales of $42.77 Billion

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world's chip makers, today reported 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," said 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 spent more on semiconductor equipment than any other region, growing 46 percent over 2006 to reach US$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, 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, the total test equipment sales decreased 21 percent. Other front end, which includes mask/reticle equipment, fabrication facility, and wafer manufacturing equipment increased two percent.

2006-2007 Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region
(Dollars in U.S. Millions; Percentage Year-over-Year)

Region             2006       2007    % Change
China             2,315      2,922       26.2
Europe            3,595      2,940      -18.2
Japan             9,209      9,310        1.1
South Korea       7,014      7,352        4.8
North America     7,324      6,548      -10.6
Taiwan            7,308     10,648       45.7
Rest of World     3,709      3,045      -17.9
Total Regions    40,474     42,765        5.7


The Worldwide SEMS Report is published monthly and is available as part of the SEMI Equipment Market Data Subscription. The monthly report updates billings and bookings by world region and by industry segment. For more information about the SEMI Industry Research and Statistics program and subscription services, call SEMI Customer Service at 408.943.6901 or e-mail

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 our 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 Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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