The global billings for semiconductor manufacturing equipments declined 2% in 2Q12
Global billings for semiconductor manufacturing equipments reached $10.34bn in the second quarter (2Q) of 2012, recording a 2% decline when compared to the 1Q of 2012 and 13% lower over the same quarter in 2011, according to a new report from SEMI.
The report revealed that global bookings for global semiconductor equipment reached $9.7bn during the quarter, reporting a slump of 10% when compared to the same quarter the earlier year and 4% drop over the number of bookings during the first quarter of 2012.
During the period, Taiwan reported the highest 83% rise in billings for semiconductor manufacturing equipments to 3.25m when compared to earlier quarter and 18% rise over the same quarter in 2011.
Korean billing during the quarter increased 19% year on year from $2.17bn in second quarter of 2011 to $2.59bn in the second quarter this year.
European billing semiconductor manufacturing equipments was $0.52bn during the quarter, recording 37% decline compared to $1.18bn recorded during corresponding quarter last year.
The global semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings in ROW reached 0.61m during the quarter, reporting 17% rise over the previous quarter and 38%decline when compared to 2Q11.
While the billings for global semiconductor manufacturing equipments in Korea, North America, Japan, Europe and China were in negative aspects during the period when compared to earlier quarter and over the same period in 2011.
Earlier IC Insights report had predicted Worldwide investment on semiconductor research and development (R&D) is expected to grow by 10% in 2012 to $53.4bn compared to $48.7bn in 2011.
A similar study by IC Insights also found that the semiconductor market is expected to record an average annual growth rate of 8% during 2011-2016.