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North American semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales for February down 23 percent

North American semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales have decreased slightly, according to the industry association SEMI.

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.86 billion in billings worldwide in February 2019.

The figures are in the February Equipment Market Data Subscription Billings Report published by SEMI. 

The billings figure is 1.7 percent lower than the final January 2019 level of $1.9 billion, and is 23 percent lower than the February 2018 billings level of $2.41 billion.

Terry Tsao, chief marketing officer at SEMI, says: “Global billings of North American equipment suppliers continued a decline that began in November 2018.

“Despite lower levels of investment, monthly billings for the year remain above 2016 levels.”

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.

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Source: SEMI 

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, with information from more than 1,000 semiconductor fabrication plants worldwide.