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Coronavirus Takes on Electronics Industry

Plunging stock prices and Coronavirus-driven business shutdowns presently dominate the news. Current economic data, including the recently released February Global Purchasing Manager Index, support earlier negative predictions of an imminent...

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Global Fab Equipment Spending Poised to Set Record in 2021

Expect slow recovery in 2020 to pave the way to a record next year

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Cautious Industry Outlook But . . . World SEMI Equipment Growth Resumes!

World Manufacturing Growth Flat to Start 2020 (Chart 1) 

The December Global Purchasing Managers Index was in zero growth territory (PMI = 50). However, the various country components varied significantly. With IHS Markit PMI data as a gauge of...

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Fab Equipment Spending Crawls Out of Slump in Second Half 2019 – But Roller Coast to Continue in 2020

Global fab equipment spending is slowly crawling out of its slump in the second half of 2019 with a pickup in investments in memory – particularly 3D NAND – leading-edge logic and foundries. Compared to the first half of 2019, the second half...

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Tide Has Turned

The November Global Purchasing Managers Index moved back into expansion territory (Chart 1). Admittedly results varied significantly by country but world global manufacturing activity resumed growth at year end.

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Subdued Seasonal Upturn . . . But Better Times Ahead

3Q’19 Sales by Electronic Equipment Sector – Modest Improvement

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Muted Seasonal Recovery

The global electronics industry normally experiences a seasonal upturn from mid-summer through the December holidays. However, this autumn’s upturn is less robust.

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Semiconductor Industry Upturn by Early 2020?

Reports of 2Q’19 financials from all of the major OEMs in our 213 company global sample show that their electronic equipment sales declined 1.4 percent compared to the same quarter of last year (Chart 1). This OEM group’s combined sales growth...

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Nearly $50 Billion in Fabs to Start Construction in 2020

After a downturn in 2019, investments in new fab projects starting construction is expect to jump US$12 billion to nearly US$50 billion in 2020, with China accounting for the bulk of the investments, according to the latest update of the World...

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Renaissance in the Photomask Market?

The semiconductor industry has been on a roll for the past few years – and the rising tide has lifted segments spanning the supply chain. The photomask market, in particular, has seen exceptionally strong growth of 13 percent and 8 percent in...

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