Solid State Technology and SEMI Announce 2012 “Best of West” Award Finalists

NASHUA, N.H. and SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 28, 2012 — Solid State Technology and SEMI today announced the finalists for the 2012 “Best of West” awards, recognizing important product and technology developments in the microelectronics supply chain. Held in conjunction with SEMICON West, the largest and most influential microelectronics exposition in North America, the Best of West finalists have been selected based on their financial impact on the industry, engineering or scientific achievement, and/or societal impact.

The 2012 Best of West Finalists are:

North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts May 2012 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.05

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 21, 2012 — North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.61 billion in orders worldwide in May 2012 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05, according to the May Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.  A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

SEMI Reports First Quarter 2012 Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Figures; Billings US$ 10.6 Billion

SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 11, 2012 – SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 10.61 billion in the first quarter of 2012. The billings figure is 14 percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2011 and 9 percent lower higher than the same quarter a year ago.

Fab Equipment Spending: Positive Growth for 2012 and 2013; All-Time Record for 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 5, 2012 — Breaking the barrier into positive growth for 2012, the end-of-May edition of the SEMI World Fab Forecast shows improved growth in fab equipment spending this year — at US$ 39.5 billion, a two percent year-over-year (YoY) increase.  For 2013, fab equipment spending is expected to reach an all-time record high, with $46.3 billion or 17 percent growth from 2012. Even with a small growth rate, 2013 will yield an all-time record high for fab equipment spending, if macro-economic factors do not intervene.

New Era of PV Supply Chain Dynamics— Addressed at 3rd Annual SEMI PV Fab Managers Forum Held in Conjunction with Intersolar North America

SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 31, 2012 – SEMI announced the third annual SEMI North American PV Fab Managers Forum which will be held at Intersolar North America 2012 in San Francisco, California on July 9, 2012. The SEMI North American PV Fab Managers Forum is focused on addressing shared supply chain challenges and improving customer-supplier relations across the photovoltaic supply chain.