Global IC equipment spending may fall 8.5% in 2013
CNATAIPEI--Spending on manufacturing equipment by integrated circuit (IC) businesses worldwide in 2013 is expected to fall 8.5 percent from last year, reflecting a declining mobile phone market, a research report said Wednesday.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
In the report, information technology advisory firm Gartner Inc. said IC manufacturing equipment spending is expected to total US$34.63 billion this year, down from US$37.83 billion in 2012.
Weakening demand for mobile phones has prompted many chip makers to cut their investments in the advanced 28-nanometer fabrication process, Gartner said.
Under such unfavorable circumstances, capital spending in the global semiconductor sector is expected to fall 6.8 percent in 2013 to US$54.77 billion, Gartner said.
The research firm said weakness in the global semiconductor market continued from 2012 into the first quarter of 2013, prompting IC companies to cut their expenses, including equipment purchases.