Global semiconductor equipment sales expected to drop in 2023

SEMI reported the global semiconductor equipment is expected to drop from 2022's record highs, but a rebound in 2024 is likely.

By SEMI July 23, 2023
Courtesy: Brett Sayles, CFE Media and Technology

Global sales of total semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufacturers next year are forecast to bounce back from a projected contraction of 18.6% to $87.4 billion in 2023 following the industry record of $107.4 billion in 2022, SEMI announced today in its Mid-Year Total Semiconductor Equipment Forecast – OEM Perspective at SEMICON West 2023. The expected 2024 recovery, to $100 billion, will be driven by both the front-end and back-end segments.

“Despite current headwinds, the semiconductor equipment market is set to see a strong rebound in 2024 after an adjustment in 2023 following a historic multi-year run,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “Projections for robust long-term growth driven by high-performance computing and ubiquitous connectivity remain intact.”

Semiconductor equipment sales by segment

Sales of wafer fab equipment, which includes wafer processing, fab facilities and mask/reticle equipment, are projected to decrease 18.8% to $76.4 billion in 2023 – more than the 16.8% decline predicted by SEMI in the 2022 year-end forecast. The wafer fab equipment segment is projected to account for the bulk of the recovery to $100 billion in 2024, generating $87.8 billion in sales, a 14.8% increase.

The 2022 decline in back-end equipment segment sales is expected to continue in 2023 due to challenging macroeconomic conditions and softening semiconductor demand. Semiconductor test equipment market sales are projected to contract by 15% to $6.4 billion in 2023, while assembly and packaging equipment sales are expected to drop by 20.5% to $4.6 billion in the same year. However, the test equipment and assembly and packaging equipment segments are expected to expand by 7.9% and 16.4%, respectively, in 2024.

Semiconductor equipment sales by application

Equipment sales for foundry and logic applications, accounting for more than half of total wafer fab equipment receipts, are expected to drop 6% year-over-year to $50.1 billion in 2023, reflecting softer end-market conditions. Demand for leading-edge foundry and logic in 2023 is expected to remain stable, with a slight softening balanced out by a rise in spending on mature nodes. Foundry and logic investments are projected to increase 3% in 2024.

DRAM equipment sales are expected to fall 28% to $8.8 billion in 2023 due to continuing weak consumer and enterprise demand for memory and storage but rebound 31% to $11.6 billion in 2024.  NAND equipment sales are projected to decrease 51% to $8.4 billion in 2023 and surge 59% to $13.3 billion in 2024.

Semiconductor equipment sales by region

China, Taiwan and Korea are expected to remain the top three destinations for equipment spending in 2023 and 2024. While Taiwan is forecast to regain the lead in 2023, China is projected to return to the top position in 2024. Equipment spending for most regions tracked is expected to fall in 2023 before returning to growth in 2024.

The following results reflect market size by segment and application in billions of U.S. dollars:

Mid-year total equipment forecast. Courtesy: SEMI

Mid-year total equipment forecast. Courtesy: SEMI

Mid-year Wafer fab equipment forecast. Courtesy: SEMI

Mid-year Wafer fab equipment forecast. Courtesy: SEMI

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