Semiconductor machine sales reach record high to start 2018
SEMI reported semiconductor machine sales reached a quarterly high of US $17.0 billion for the first quarter of 2018, surging 59% in March to end the quarter with an all-time monthly high of $7.8 billion. The $17.0 billion breaks the previous record set in the fourth quarter of 2017. First quarter 2018 billings are 12% higher than the previous quarter and 30% higher than the same quarter a year ago. The data is gathered with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from over 95 global equipment companies, which provide data on a monthly basis.
The quarterly billings data by region in billions of U.S. dollars, quarter-over-quarter growth and year-over-year rates by region are as follows:
– Edited from a SEMI press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering motor and drive stories.