Decrease in Semiconductor Equipment Sales

17 March, 2016

Global Semiconductor Industry Association reported a 3% decrease in semiconductors equipment sales to $36.53 billion in 2015

Global Semiconductor Industry Association reported a 3% decrease in semiconductors equipment sales to $36.53 billion in 2015


SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $36.53 billion in 2015.

It represents a year-over-year decrease of 3 percent. 2015 total equipment bookings were 5 percent lower than in 2014. The data are available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS) Report, now available from SEMI.

 Semiconductor Equipment Market 2015 2014 % Change
Taiwan 9.64 9.41 2%
South Korea 7.47 6.84 9%
Japan 5.49 4.18 31%
North America 5.12 8.16 -37%
China 4.90 4.37 12%
Rest of World 1.97 2.15 -9%
Europe 1.94 2.38 -19%
Total 36.53 37.50 -3%

SEMI indicated the WWSEMS report shows worldwide billings totaled US$36.53 billion in 2015, compared to US$37.50 billion in sales posted for the year. Categories cover wafer processing, assembly and packaging, test, and other front-end equipment. Other front-end includes mask/reticle manufacturing, wafer manufacturing, and fab facilities equipment.

South Korea and Japan surpasses North America

Spending rates increased for Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China, while the new equipment markets in North America, Rest of World, and Europe contracted. Taiwan remained the largest market for new semiconductor equipment for the fourth year in a row with US$9.64 billion in equipment sales.

The expanding markets in South Korea and Japan surpassed the North American market, to claim the second and third largest markets, respectively, while North America fell to fourth place at US$5.12 billion. The China market remained larger than the Rest of World and European markets.

The global front-end segment increased 16% in 2015, while the wafer processing equipment market segment decreased 2%, according to SEMI. Meanwhile, total test equipment sales fell 6% while the assembly and packaging segment declined 18%.

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