Worldwide Semiconductor Capital Equipment Spending Grew 143 Per Cent in 2010, According to Final Results by Gartner

Stamford, Conn., (PresseBox) - The worldwide semiconductor equipment market grew 143 per cent in 2010 to nearly $41 billion as the market recovered from the industry slowdown of the previous two years, according to final results from Gartner Inc. All major market segments grew significantly in 2010 with automatic test equipment (ATE) sales up by 149 per cent, wafer fab equipment (WFE) sales up by 145 per cent and sales of packaging assembly equipment (PAE) up by 127 per cent.

"The semiconductor equipment market soared in 2010. Driven by the pent-up demand from the 2008 and 2009 downturn, and a stronger economy than projected, 2010 just kept getting better and better," said Klaus Rinnen, managing vice president at Gartner. "Memory and foundry spending were the key drivers, although all areas showed significant growth."

"The year began with technology buys, and capacity purchases soon followed, resulting in one of the hottest growth years in industry history," said Mr Rinnen. "We also witnessed a number of changes in the top ten semiconductor capital equipment companies, as strength in double patterning benefited some companies more than others."

The share of the top ten semiconductor capital equipment companies rose nearly 2 points in 2010, accounting for 63.4 per cent of total revenue, up from 61.6 per cent in 2009 (see Table 1).

Applied Materials retained the No. 1 position in the market, but it could not increase its share because it did not directly capitalise on the strong lithography spending in 2010. ASML was the fastest-growing company among the top ten semiconductor capital equipment vendors in 2010. The company moved from No. 3 to No. 2 based on the strength of immersion lithography for double patterning, growing to 13 per cent market share. Tokyo Electron dropped to the No. 3 position, despite gaining some additional market share. Tokyo Electron's dominance in track and the associated growth was unable to offset relatively slower spending by some of its key customers.

The recent earthquake in Japan is going to have a near-term impact on the industry, depressing quarterly revenue in the second quarter of 2011. However, Gartner analysts said semiconductor equipment manufacturers should be able to recover in the second half of the year.

"Clearly there are some materials supply challenges ahead of the industry in the aftermath of the tragic events in Japan. Recent news points at a narrow avoidance of shortages for silicon and BT resin. The industry still faces challenges in the coming months," said Mr Rinnen.

This research is produced by Gartner's Semiconductor Manufacturing programme. This research programme, which is part of the overall semiconductor research group, provides a comprehensive view of the entire semiconductor industry, from manufacturing to device and application market trends. More information on Gartner's semiconductor research can be found in the Gartner Semiconductor Manufacturing Focus Area at http://www.gartner.com/....

Gartner UK Ltd

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,400 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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