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Highlights of the November 2017 Edition of the Fab Databases                                                    Download a sample report

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The November 2017 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 2017 is expected to increase by 41% for a record high of US$57 Billion, up from the 23% (US$56 Billion) forecast issued in August 2017
  • Equipment spending (new and used) for 2018 is expected to increase by 11%, thus reaching another record high of US$63 Billion, up from the US$59 Billion forecast in August 2017

Installed Capacity

  • 3D NAND will have the most capacity added in both 2017 and 2018 with 130% growth in 2017 and 48% growth in 2018
  • Foundry capacity will increase 7% in 2017 and 5% in 2018

New Facilities / Construction Spending

  • In 2017 there are 64 construction projects with investments totaling just under US$11 Billion (43% YoY)
  • Construction spending will reach all-time highs with China taking the lead at US$6.0 Billion in 2017 and US$6.6 Billion in 2018 shattering another record; the previous regional record was held by Korea at US$3.0 billion
  • Most construction spending in 2017 will be for Memory (just under US$7 Billion), primarily for 3D NAND followed by DRAM. Second in construction spending is Foundry (US$4 Billion)


Activity Report 

  • We have made 184 changes on 158 listings, which includes 13 new and existing records (new and existing) since the August 2017 World Fab Forecast report
  • The November report has 1,238 records including about 300 Opto & LED related facilities
  • We are tracking 101 future facilities/lines with various probabilities which will start volume production in 2017 or later

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