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Taiwan forecast to lead semiconductor equipment spending in 2013
Publication Date : 04-09-2013
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.
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 per cent 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 per cent share of the global semiconductor equipment market, followed by North America with 22 per cent, South Korea with 18.4 per cent and Japan with 10.5 percent, the organisation 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 per cent from a year earlier to US$10.55 billion in 2013, making up the biggest share of 22 per cent 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 September 4 to 6 in Taipei.