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SMT & Inspection | March 21, 2007

Global Chip Equipment sales<br>totaled $40 Bln in 2006

SEMI reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $40.47 billion in 2006, representing a year-over-year increase of 23 percent.
The report, which includes data for seven major semiconductor producing regions and 22 product categories, shows worldwide billings totalled $40.47 billion in 2006, compared to $32.88 billion in sales posted in 2005.

"The worldwide semiconductor equipment industry resumed strong growth in 2006 as the robust memory chip market and continued transition to 300mm wafers fueled sales of manufacturing technology," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "With double-digit gains in all market regions, the equipment industry posted annual sales second only to the extraordinary levels in 2000."

For the third year in a row, the Japan market region spent the most on semiconductor equipment, growing almost 13 percent over 2005 to reach US$9.20 billion. N. America reclaimed the number two spot with $7.32 in equipment sales. Following closely behind N. America were the regions of Taiwan and S. Korea with spending of $7.31 billion and $7.01 billion respectively. After experiencing negative growth in 2005, the China market region grew the most in 2006, rising over 74 percent to US$2.3 billion. The Rest of World region, which aggregates Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets, increased almost 30 percent. The equipment market in Europe increased 10 in 2006.

The global wafer processing equipment market segment increased 26 percent; the assembly and packaging segment grew 14 percent, the total test equipment sales increased 21 percent.

2005-2006 Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region
(Dollars in U.S. Millions; Percentage Year-over-Year)

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