Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Revenue Grows 64% In 2004

Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment reached $73.6 billion; a 64% increase from 2003, according to Gartner, Inc. Tight manufacturing capacity and a strong device unit demand drove the increase.

While all equipment segments had strong growth, wafer fab equipment, the largest sector, saw the strongest growth at 69%, following a weak performance in 2003. Packaging and assembly equipment expanded by 46%, while automated test equipment jumped 59%.

Asia/Pacific accounted for more than 50% of all equipment spending in 2004, a first in the history of the industry. Japan's equipment purchases grew 48%, while European spending increased 23%. After three consecutive years of decline, equipment spending in the Americas grew 18%.

Gartner Inc.

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