Semiconductor capital spending set to fall in 2016

Semiconductor capital spending set to fall in 2016

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This is a major reversal from 3.3 percent growth Gartner predicted in the previous quarter and is due to sluggish demand for electronic equipment and therefore sluggish demand for ICs.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending and equipment spending forecast for 2014 to 2018 (Millions of dollars). Source: Gartner.


Gartner said that the growth would return across all capital equipment markets in 2017 and 2018. Despite the overall downturn for capital spending and wafer-level manufacturing equipment the fortunes of different sub sectors will vary.

For example, in 2016 the lithography segment will grow 1.4 percent, while the etch, clean and planarization equipment markets in 2016 are expected to decline by 2.9 percent. The deposition equipment segment will improve slightly in 2016 with negative 3.2 percent growth.

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