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Markets and Business

Improving 2020 … and a Brighter 2021

Economic Recovery

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Cleanroom Robot Market Moves in Sync with Semiconductor Equipment

The market for vacuum and atmospheric robots used in semiconductor manufacturing equipment has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 11.7% since 2015 and is expected to top $1 billion in 2020. The historic and forecast growth trends for...

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Mid-Year End Market Recovery Plus Continued Autumn Semiconductor Strength

Although the semiconductor chip and capital equipment markets performed well in the first half of 2020, many of the electronic equipment end markets struggled globally. World electronic equipment sales declined almost 10% in 2Q’20 vs. 2Q’19...

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Semiconductors Outperforming Most Industries – but Watch Second Half

Things are picking up.

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Critical Subsystems – From Just in Time to Just in Case

COVID-19 has forced all the players in the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain to reassess how much inventory they need to hold.

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Peering into Second Half of 2020

Global Manufacturing Activity

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Abatement Systems Saw Strong Demand Through 2019 Market Downturn

Sales of abatement systems for semiconductor applications grew 15.6% in 2019, significantly outperforming other critical subsystems segments in a year where total critical subsystems revenues declined by 10.6%.

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Semiconductor Industry vs. Global Pandemic

The World Bank just released its updated Global Outlook for 2020 and 2021. The text is long but very worth reading. 

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Tough and Unpredictable Times Ahead

March and April world data clearly showed the impact of the global manufacturing slowdown driven by COVID-19. The world purchasing manager’s index plunged from 47.3 in March to 39.8 in April (Chart 1). Values below 50 indicate a manufacturing...

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Gradual Rebound or Slight Dip – Two Scenarios for COVID-19 Impact to 2020 Global Silicon Wafer Market Sales

Uncertainty has gripped the silicon wafer market as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to upend growth projections for 2020. Declines in both shipments and revenue plagued the silicon wafer market in 2019, a downturn that had given way to optimism...

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