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SEMI lowers 2015 global chip equipment spending growth to 3%

SEMI lowers 2015 global chip equipment spending growth to 3%

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) forecast Tuesday that the worldwide semiconductor equipment market will grow 3 percent to US$38.44 billion this year, a downward revision from a mid-July projection of 7.1 percent. The association said that Taiwan will remain the world's largest chip equipment spender in 2015, with an estimated spending of US$9.56 billion, lower than an earlier forecast of US$10.89 billion. SEMI said South Korea will be the world's second-largest chip equipment market, with estimated spending of US$8.13 billion this year, followed by North America's US$6.26 billion, Japan's US$5.29 billion and China's US$4.56 billion. The association also said it expects the worldwide semiconductor materials market to reach US$46.17 billion in 2015, an increase of 4 percent from last year. Despite macroeconomic uncertainties that have affected the near-term outlook for the semiconductor industry, SEMI forecast that the memory chip and foundry sectors will continue to lead semiconductor investment this year and next year. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 09:56 GMT+08:00