SEMI Reports First Quarter 2005 Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Figures


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SEMI REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2005 WORLDWIDE SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT FIGURES; BILLINGS $9.35 BILLION

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 10, 2005 – SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.35 billion in the first quarter of 2005. The figure is 2.3 percent above the same quarter a year ago and 6.5 percent more than the billings figure for the fourth quarter of 2004. The data is gathered in cooperation with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from more than 150 global equipment companies that provide data on a monthly basis.

SEMI also reported worldwide semiconductor equipment bookings of US$7.25 billion in the first quarter of 2005. The figure is 21 percent below the same quarter a year ago and 12 percent below the bookings figure for the fourth quarter of 2004.

"The first quarter billings showed some positive momentum over the fourth quarter of last year, while worldwide bookings for semiconductor manufacturing equipment are down for the same period,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Billings levels in Korea were up significantly over the previous quarter”.

The quarterly billings data by region in billions of U.S. dollars, year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter growth rates by region are as follows:


Region


1Q 2005


4Q 2004


1Q 2004

1Q05/4Q04
(Q-o-Q)

1Q05/1Q04
(Y-o-Y)

Europe

$958

$895

$760

7%

26%

China

$356

$363

$574

-2%

-38%

Japan

$2,130

$2,008

$2,178

6%

-2%

North America

$1,566

$1,744

$1,222

-10%

28%

Korea

$2,329

$880

$1,448

165%

61%

Taiwan

$1,297

$2,182

$1,994

-41%

-35%

ROW

$716

$710

$969

1%

-26%

Total

$9,351

$8,783

$9,144

6%

2%

Source: SEMI/SEAJ May 2005
Note: Figures may not add due to rounding.

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SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology, materials and services to make semiconductors, flat panel displays (FPDs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related microelectronics. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit SEMI at www.semi.org.

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