North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts December 2008 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 0.93

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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts DECEMBer 2008 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 0.93

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 20, 2009 – North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $668.7 million in orders in December 2008 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93 according to the December 2008 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.93 means that $93 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in December 2008 was $668.7 million. The bookings figure is about 15 percent less than the final November 2008 level of $783.8 million, and about 42 percent less than the $1.16 billion in orders posted in December 2007.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2008 was $722.6 million. The billings figure is about 10 percent less than the final November 2008 level of $806.8 million, and about 47 percent less than the December 2007 billings level of $1.36 billion.

“Bookings continue to reflect the uncertainty in the economic environment, and are approaching levels last seen in early 2002,” said Dan Tracy, senior director of Industry Research and Statistics at SEMI. “We expect bookings to remain at low levels until end market demand for semiconductors picks up.”

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.


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November 2008 (final)




December 2008 (prelim.)




Source: SEMI January 2009

The data contained in this release were compiled by David Powell, Inc., an independent financial services firm, without audit, from data submitted directly by the participants. SEMI and David Powell, Inc. assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.

The data are contained in a monthly Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. The report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of North American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Association Contacts

Dan Tracy/SEMI

Tel: 1.408.943.7987


Scott Smith/SEMI

Tel: 1.408.943.7957


Editors Note:

Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: February 19, 2009; 3:00 p.m. PST

For information on SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report, visit

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