Highlights of the May 2012 Edition of the Fab Databases

Highlights of the May 2012 Edition of the Fab Databases

The May 2012 edition of the World Fab ForecastFabFuturesWorld Fab WatchOpto/LED Fab Watch, and the Opto/LED Fab Forecast databases have been published and is available to our existing subscribers. Here are a few highlights from our World Fab Forecast:database:

Key Points

  • Since the February 2012 report, the number of fab construction projects has increased: 45 in 2012 (up from 39) and 24 in 2013 (up from 21).
  • Fab construction spending will decline now only -6% in 2012 to US$6.2B. This is a big improvement from the -28% decline forecasted in February.
  • Expect year-over-year fab construction spending in 2013 to improve drastically to about -1% ($6.1B), which improved from -39% decline forecasted in February.
  • Fab equipment spending for 2012 is expected to increase to US$39.5B or about 2% growth from the US$38.8B and 0% growth rate reported in February. 
  • In 2013, fab equipment spending could reach over US$46.3B or 17% growth. This will be an all-time record for fab equipment spending.
  • Current capacity growth in 2012 is slower than reported in February: from 16M (equivalent 200mm wafers per month) to 15.87M or from 5.3% to 3.6% growth. 2013 is expected to increase about 7% to 17M.
  • Capacity growth by product type in 2012: Logic (with System LSI) is leading with over 6% followed by Foundries with 5%. Memory is at about 3%.

Summary of Changes

  • Since February 28, 2012 we have made 343 updates on 227 facilities including 58 changes on Opto & LED facilities.
  • We added 17 new facilities: 2 LEDs, 4 Foundries, 4 MEMS, and 7 Discretes including one for Power
  • We removed 9 facilities: 5 were closed, 2 were cancelled projects and 2 were merged.
  • The report lists a total of 1166 facilities with 73 facilities starting volume production in 2012 or later. This includes about 28 LED fabs

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