PETALING JAYA: Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment surged 19% to a new record of US$71.2bil (RM294bil) in 2020 from US$59.8bil in 2019, according to US-based Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers Industry (SEMI).
In a statement, SEMI said for the first time, China claimed the largest market for new semiconductor equipment with sales growth of 39% to US$18.72bil.
“Sales in Taiwan, the second-largest equipment market, remained flat in 2020 with sales of US$17.15bil after showing strong growth in 2019, ” it said.
South Korea registered 61% growth to US$16.08bil to maintain the third position
Annual spending also increased 21% in Japan and 16% in Europe as both regions are recovering from the contraction in 2019.SEMI said the receipts in North America decreased 20% in 2020 following three years of consecutive growth.
“Global sales of wafer processing equipment rose 19% in 2020, while other front-end segment sales grew 4%.
“Assembly and packaging showed strong growth across all regions, resulting in a 34% market increase in 2020, while total test equipment sales increased 20%, ” it pointed out.