Highlights of the May 2014 edition SEMI Fab Databases

Highlights of the May 2014 Edition of the Fab Databases

The May 2014 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

  • Fab equipment spending in 2014 is expected to increase 20% to 25% (US$34.5 to US$36B) (was 30% in the February edition).
  • Fab equipment spending in 2015 is expected to increase about 11% (US$40B) which may exceed all time record from 2011. 
  • The largest increase for equipment spending in 2014 is for MPU US$4B (over 75% growth),  DRAM US$6.2B (40%) and Flash US$7B (37%). In 2015, while MPU and Flash maintain their levels somewhat, DRAM is expected to contract by to below US$5B (-20%).
  • Although DRAM equipment spending is expected to grow by 40% in 2014, following leading edge upgrades, installed capacity for DRAM is expected to be between 0% to -2%.
  • 2013 was the largest spending year for fab construction projects with $9B in spending. Spending will decline by about 16% in 2014 to US$6.6B and further decline by 40% in 2015 ($4.6B)

Activity Report

  • Since last report published in February 2014 we have made 265 updates on 222 facilities.
  • We added 18 facilities and closed 8
  • The report lists a total of 1148 facilities including over 249 Opto/LED facilities.  
  • There are 60 future facilities with various probabilities which have started or will start volume production in 2014 or later.
  • The report lists major investments (construction projects and equipping) for 202 facilities and lines in 2014 and 189 facilities in 2015.

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World Fab Forecast


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Coverage: 3 years of data; Quarterly forecast for the next 18 months

Coverage: 2 years of data; Quarterly forecast for the next 18 months.

Coverage: Includes previous quarter (no quarterly forecast).

Coverage: Optoelectronics and LED frontend fabs (no quarterly forecast).

Detail of all fabs including ones that have or will have spending plans. Includes closed fabs for the period.

Detail of fabs that have committed to spending (construction and/or equipment spending).

Provides a previous quarter summary of all fabs including fabs that will be closed.

Provides an overview of the global Opto and High Brightness (HB) LED fabs for the prior quarter.

Semiconductor, LED/Opto, MEMS, and R&D fabs

Semiconductor, LED/Opto, MEMS, and R&D fabs

Semiconductor, LED/Opto, MEMS, and R&D fabs

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  • Fab Transitional Report (listing of fabs to-be-sold, sold, closed, and maybe closed)
  • Historical Fab Report (spending per fab and wafer capacity from 1994 – 2013)
  • Fab Construction and Equipping Spending Trend (1996-2013)
  • Regional Fab Capacity Report (2000 – 2013)
  • Active 200 mm / 300 mm Semiconductor Fabs
  • more..

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