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Markets and Business

China Surges Past Americas and Japan in IC Capacity

Back in 2012, China ranked fifth among seven regions worldwide in IC wafer capacity but surged past the Americas and Japan in 2018 and 2019 to claim the number three position (figure 1). That’s a big deal given that ICs account for the largest...

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Critical Subsystems Suppliers Raise Their Game to Deliver Record Revenues in 2020

Sales of critical subsystems for use in semiconductor manufacturing equipment will exceed $12.2 billion in 2020, a 6% increase over the previous record of $11.5 billion reached in 2018. What makes this such a remarkable feat is they achieved this...

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Global Chip Equipment Billings Continue to Soar Amid Pandemic

The global economy has started down a gradual path to recovery from COVID-19 in recent months as the world continues to combat the virus. Yet one sector – semiconductors – has shown impressive growth powered by a transformation hastened by the...

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Going the Right Way . . . if We Can Control Pandemic

Global business conditions continued to improve through October although the rate of improvement slowed a bit as pandemic concerns increased (Chart 1).

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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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