2019 Global Semiconductor Equipment Sales Slip 7% to $59.8 Billion, SEMI Reports

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Semiconductor equipment manufacturers worldwide logged sales of $59.8 billion in 2019, a 7% drop from the all-time high of $64.5 billion in 2018, SEMI, the industry association representing the worldwide electronics product design and manufacturing supply chain, reported today. The data is now available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS) Report.


Taiwan claimed the largest market for new semiconductor equipment last year with sales of $17.12 billion after a 68% growth surge, dislodging Korea from the top spot. China maintained its position as the second largest equipment market with sales of $13.45 billion, followed by Korea, at $9.97 billion, after receipts fell 44%. While the new equipment markets in Japan, Europe, and Rest of World contracted, North America equipment sales jumped 40 percent to $8.15 billion in 2019, the region’s third consecutive annual increase. 

Global sales of wafer processing equipment fell 6% in 2019, while other front-end segment sales grew 9%. Assembly and packaging along with test equipment sales also faltered, declining 27% and 11%, respectively, while sales to China rose across all major equipment segments except for assembly and packaging.

Compiled from data submitted by members of SEMI and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the Worldwide SEMS Report is a summary of the monthly billings figures for the global semiconductor equipment industry. Categories cover wafer processing, assembly and packaging, test, and other front-end equipment. Other front-end includes mask/reticle manufacturing, wafer manufacturing, and fab facilities equipment.

Annual Billings by Region in Billions of U.S. Dollars with Year-Over-Year Rates

Region 2019 2018 % Change
Taiwan 17.12 10.17 68%
China 13.45 13.11 3%
Korea 9.97 17.71 -44%
North America 8.15 5.83 40%
Japan 6.27 9.47 -34%
Rest of the World 2.52 4.04 -38%
Europe 2.27 4.22 -46%
Total 59.75 64.53 -7%

Source: SEMI (www.semi.org) and  SEAJ (www.seaj.or.jp), April 2020

The SEMI Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) provides comprehensive market data for the global semiconductor equipment market. A subscription includes three reports:

  • Monthly SEMI Billings Report, a perspective on equipment market trends
  • Monthly Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS), a detailed report of semiconductor equipment billings for seven regions and 24 market segments
  • SEMI Semiconductor Equipment Forecast, an outlook for the semiconductor equipment market.

For more information or to subscribe, please contact the SEMI Industry Research and Statistics Group at mktstats@semi.org. 



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