Semiconductor Equipment Sales Grow 23% to $40.47 Billion

SEMI, the global industry association of companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $40.47 billion in 2006, representing a year-over-year increase of 23 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 22 product categories, shows worldwide billings totaled $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)

Region 2005 2006 % Change
China 1,327 32,315 74.4
Europe 3,262 3,595 10.2
Japan 8,183 9,209 12.5
Korea 5,826 7,014 20.4
North America 5,702 7,324 28.4
Taiwan 5,722 7,308 27.7
Rest of World 2,862 3,709 29.6
Total Regions 32,884 40,474 23.1


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 a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.