Highlights of the May 2018 Edition of the Fab Databases


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Highlights of the May 2018 Edition of the Fab Databases                                                    Download a sample report

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The May 2018 editions of the World Fab Forecast, World Fab Watch, Opto/LED Fab Watch, and the Opto/LED Fab Forecast databases have been published and are available now.  The following highlights are from our World Fab Forecast database:

Key Points:

Fab Equipment Spending

  • Equipment spending (new and used) for 2018 is expected to increase by 14% for a record high of US$63 Billion, up from the 9% (US$60 Billion) forecast issued in February 2018
  • Equipment spending (new and used) for 2019 is expected to increase by 9%, thus reaching another record high of US$69 Billion

Installed Capacity

  • 3D NAND will have the most capacity added in both 2018 and 2019 with 48% growth in 2018 and 29% growth in 2019
  • Foundry capacity growth is steady at 6% in both 2018 and 2019
  • 200mm fab capacity will increase 3% in 2018 and another 2% in 2019

New Facilities / Construction Spending

  • In 2018 there are 62 construction projects with investments totaling just US$15 Billion (17% YoY)
  • Construction spending will reach all-time highs with China continuing its lead at US$7 Billion in 2018 and just under US$4 Billion in 2019 shattering another record; the previous regional record was held by Korea at US$3 billion
  • Most construction spending in 2018 will be for Memory (just over US$9 Billion), primarily for 3D NAND followed by DRAM. Second in construction spending is Foundry (just under US$5 Billion)


Activity Report 

  • The May report has 1,243 records including about 300 Opto & LED related facilities
  • We have made 223 changes on 216 fabs/lines, which includes 15 new and existing records (new and existing) and the deletion of 5 records since the February 2018 World Fab Forecast report
  • We are tracking 92 future facilities/lines with various probabilities that will start volume production in 2018 or later

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