Taiwan forecast to lead semiconductor equipment spending in 2013
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan will stay in its leading position in equipment expenditure for semiconductor manufacturing in 2013 despite a contraction in the global market, according to a forecast released on Tuesday by global industry group SEMI.
September 4, 2013, 2:20 am TWN
Led by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, Taiwan is expected to invest US$10.43 billion in semiconductor equipment this year, up 9.4 percent from US$9.53 billion in 2012, said SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries.
That will represent a dominant 28.7 percent share of the global semiconductor equipment market, followed by North America with 22 percent, South Korea with 18.4 percent and Japan with 10.5 percent, the organization said.
The overall expenditure of the global semiconductor equipment market, however, will decline to US$36.29 billion in 2013, slightly under last year's US$36.93 billion.
Further, Taiwan's semiconductor material expenditure is projected to grow by 3 percent from a year earlier to US$10.55 billion in 2013, making up the biggest share of 22 percent of the global market.
“Taiwan's top position in equipment and material investment has again demonstrated the nation's irreplaceable importance in the global semiconductor industry,” said Terry Tsao, president of SEMI Taiwan Southeast Asia.
“As the semiconductor process advances, the key equipment and materials will become increasingly integral to the industry,” Tsao told a pre-show press conference in the run-up to the SEMICON Taiwan trade show, which is scheduled for Sept. 4-6 in Taipei.