SEMI Reports 2005 Global Semiconductor Equipment Sales of $32.88 Billion


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SEMI REPORTS 2005 GLOBAL SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT SALES OF $32.88 BILLION

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20, 2006 -- SEMI, the global industry association of companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $32.88 billion in 2005, representing a year-over-year decrease of 11 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 $32.88 billion in 2005, compared to $37.08 billion in sales posted in 2004.

“This past year marked an anticipated decline in the global semiconductor equipment industry following a large expansion in 2004," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "However, 2005 still posted the third all-time strongest year for the semiconductor equipment industry."

The South Korean market region grew the most in 2005, rising 26 percent to US$5.8 billion, surpassing Taiwan to become the second largest equipment market behind Japan. Japan, contracted 1 percent to about US$8.2 billion. The Rest of World region, which aggregates Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets, declined 36 percent, with the market in China experiencing a 50 percent decrease. Taiwan, which led world growth in 2004 with a 166 percent expansion in equipment spending, declined 23 percent in 2005. Equipment markets in Europe and North America decreased 5 percent and 2 percent respectively in 2005.

The global wafer processing equipment market segment shrank 10 percent; the assembly and packaging segment declined 13 percent, the total test equipment sales decreased 17 percent.

2004-2005 Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market by World Region
(Dollars in U.S. Millions; Percentage Year-over-Year)

Region

2004

2005

% Change

China

2,683

1,327

-50.5

Europe

3,444

3,262

-5.3

Japan

8,276

8,183

-1.1

Korea

4,614

5,826

26.3

North America

5,812

5,702

-1.9

Taiwan

7,762

5,722

-26.3

Rest of World

4,490

2,862

-36.3

Total Regions

$37,081

32,884

-11.3

Source: SEMI-SEAJ

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 mktstats@semi.org.

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. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACT:

Scott Smith/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.6937
E-mail: smith@semi.org