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North American semiconductor equipment sales at an all-time high

North American semiconductor equipment sales are at an all-time high, according to the leading industry association, Semi.

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.7 billion in billings worldwide in May 2018, according to the May Equipment Market Data Subscription Billings Report, published by Semi.

The billings figure is 0.6 percent higher than the final April 2018 level of $2.69 billion, and is 19.2 percent higher than the May 2017 billings level of $2.27 billion. 

Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of Semi, says: “May 2018 monthly global billings of North American equipment manufacturers exceeded last month’s level to set yet another record.

“Demand for semiconductor equipment remains strong on the back of smart, data-centric applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and edge computing.”

The Semi billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of US dollars.

Source: Semi and David Powell Inc

Semi publishes a monthly North American Billings report and issues the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics report in collaboration with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.

The WWSEMS report currently reports billings by 24 equipment segments and by seven end market regions.

Semi also has a long history of tracking semiconductor industry fab investments in detail on a company-by-company and fab-by-fab basis in its World Fab Forecast and Semi FabView databases.

These powerful tools provide access to spending forecasts, capacity ramp, technology transitions, and other information for over 1,000 fabs worldwide.