SEMI Reports Third Quarter 2008 Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Figures; Billings US$6.56 Billion


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SEMI REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2008 WORLDWIDE SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT FIGURES; BILLINGS US$6.56 BILLION

SAN JOSE, Calif. – December 16, 2008 – SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached $6.56 billion in the third quarter of 2008. The billings figure is 16 percent lower than the second quarter of 2008 and 41 percent less than the same quarter a year ago. The data is gathered in cooperation with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from more than 150 global equipment companies that provide data on a monthly basis.

SEMI also reported worldwide semiconductor equipment bookings of US$5.60 billion in the third quarter of 2008. The figure is 37 percent less than the same quarter a year ago, and 20 percent less than the bookings figure for the second quarter of 2008.

The quarterly billings data by region in millions of U.S. dollars, year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter growth rates by region are as follows:

Region

3Q 2008

2Q 2008

3Q 2007

3Q08/2Q08
(Q-o-Q)

3Q08/3Q07
(Y-o-Y)

Europe

0.62

0.52

0.84

18%

-26%

China

0.41

0.47

0.53

-12%

-22%

Japan

1.66

1.93

2.62

-14%

-37%

North America

1.12

1.25

1.66

-10%

-32%

Korea

1.21

1.41

1.56

-14%

-22%

Taiwan

0.77

1.45

3.18

-47%

-76%

ROW

0.76

0.80

0.78

-5%

-3%

Total

6.56

7.83

11.17

-16%

-41%

Source: SEMI/SEAJ December 2008
Note: Figures may not add due to rounding.

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ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Scott Smith/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.7957
E-mail: ssmith@semi.org

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.7987
E-mail: dtracy@semi.org

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