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Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Capital Equipment Sales to Decline 12 Percent in 2005; Analysts to Provide Detailed Outlook at SEMICON West 2005: SEMI-Gartner Market Symposium July 11 in San Francisco
[July 07, 2005]

Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Capital Equipment Sales to Decline 12 Percent in 2005; Analysts to Provide Detailed Outlook at SEMICON West 2005: SEMI-Gartner Market Symposium July 11 in San Francisco

STAMFORD, Conn. --(Business Wire)-- July 7, 2005 -- As the second half of 2005 begins, the next down cycle in the semiconductor capital equipment market is becoming more apparent, according to Gartner, Inc.

Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment sales are on pace to decline 11.9 percent in 2005, with sales totaling 33.1 billion in 2005. All segments of the semiconductor capital equipment market are projected to decline in 2005 (see Table 1).

"While the first quarter of 2005 marked the peak of the last upcycle, declining orders over the past few months and quarters paint a picture of slower sales for the rest of the year," said Klaus Rinnen, research vice president for Gartner's semiconductor manufacturing and design research group. "Last year, equipment sales surged to correct for serious under investment in the face of strong semiconductor demand. Production capacity has now exceeded demand, and equipment manufacturers are settling down to shipment levels commensurate with longer-term growth trends for the industry. Therefore, we expect this to be a mild downturn."

As the semiconductor industry moves into a slower growth period in its business cycle, the equipment industry is expected to respond with lower shipment rates required for slowing capacity expansion. "Overall, it appears semiconductor manufacturers are maintaining their investment discipline and investing carefully and in some cases strategically to gain market advantage," Mr. Rinnen said. "We expect customers to spend cautiously, releasing orders late and hesitantly, until a strong demand trend can be established." -0- *T Table 1 Worldwide Semiconductor Capital and Equipment Spending Forecasts (Millions of Dollars) 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Semiconductor Capital Spending 48,746.8 45,561.4 41,690.3 45,647.5 62,727.7 56,686.6 Growth (Percent) 64.3 -6.5 -8.5 9.5 37.4 -9.6 Capital Equipment 37,580.5 33,097.7 32,539.7 38,030.5 50,006.7 42,122.7 Growth (Percent) 64.2 -11.9 -1.7 16.9 31.5 -15.8 Wafer Fab Equipment 28,221.3 25,500.9 23,417.8 26,081.7 36,216.6 31,497.0 Growth (Percent) 68.6 -9.6 -8.2 11.4 38.9 -13.0 Packaging and Assembly Equipment 4,569.2 3,816.8 4,396.9 5,748.8 6,685.1 4,965.7 Growth (Percent) 45.9 -16.5 15.2 30.7 16.3 -25.7 Automated Test Equipment 4,790.0 3,780.0 4,725.0 6,200.0 7,105.0 5,660.0 Growth (Percent) 58.5 -21.1 25.0 31.2 14.6 -20.3 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Source: Gartner Dataquest (July 2005) *T

Worldwide wafer fab equipment spending is projected to decline 9.6 percent in 2005. This market is forecast to decline in 2006 as well and return to positive growth in 2007.

Although utilization rates were dropping quickly in the fourth quarter of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005, Gartner analysts said wafer fab equipment shipments remained relatively strong. "This will result in new capacity coming on line during the middle of 2005 and will dampen the need for significant additional new capacity purchases until next year," Mr. Rinnen said. "By the second half of 2006, increased semiconductor demand will lead to climbing utilization rates and drive a sustained capacity expansion through 2007 and 2008."

The packaging and assembly (P&A) equipment market has performed better than previously expected. Worldwide P&A equipment is forecast to contract 16.5 percent in 2005. This is better than Gartner's earlier projection in April of this year for a 23.5 percent decline.

"The P&A market will experience more positive conditions throughout the second half of 2005 as utilization rates tighten and move above the 85 percent mark," Mr. Rinnen said. "The improved situation in late 2005 will help drive the market into positive growth for 2006."

The short-term outlook for the automated test equipment (ATE) market has had a sharp reversal in recent months. What looked like a mild spending decline through 2005 has turned into a major spending contraction. The ATE market is now forecast to decline 21 percent this year, with weakness throughout all regions and product segments. However, Gartner analysts said the sudden drop in spending means the ATE market is poised for an earlier start to subsequent recovery. The market is forecast to see growth of 25 percent in 2006, which should mark the beginning of the next industry growth cycle.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Semiconductor Capital Equipment Sales Face Soft Demand in 2H05." The report is available on Gartner's Web site at

Gartner analysts will present a detailed outlook for the industry during the upcoming SEMICON West 2005: SEMI-Gartner Market Symposium, July 11 at the San Francisco Marriott. Additional information on the Symposium is available at application/msword&docName=P034877. (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL address field.)

This research is produced by Gartner Dataquest's Semiconductors Manufacturing and Design program. This research program, which is part of the overall semiconductor research group, provides a comprehensive view of the entire semiconductor industry, from manufacturing and design to device and application market trends. More information on Gartner's semiconductor research can be found in the Gartner Semiconductor Focus Area at

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