Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market Growth is Accelerating
Worldwide semiconductor equipment spending is forecast to end the year with a 42.6 percent decline in 2009, but the market is now in the midst of a very strong growth spurt, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner expects semiconductor equipment spending to increase 45.3 percent in 2010.
Foundry spending and select spending by a few memory companies drove the growth in the semiconductor equipment segment in the second half of 2009, said Dean Freeman, research vice president at Gartner. 2010 growth will be driven by technology upgrades for the first half of the year. The quarterly growth may see a slight lull in the third quarter of 2010 before capacity additions, starting in late 2010, ramp up the equipment industry into 2011.