Gartner News Release, 9/13/10
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending is projected to approach $36.9 billion in 2010, a 122.1 percent increase from 2009 spending of $16.6 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2011, semiconductor capital equipment spending will grow 4.9 percent.
“The strong semiconductor growth in 2010 has driven semiconductor capital growth to all-time highs,” said Klaus Rinnen, managing vice president at Gartner. “Capital expenditure (capex) is above 95 percent due to strong spending by the foundry and logic segments, along with a technology upgrade for the memory manufacturers. In 2011, capex growth is expected to slow to 10 percent, because a slowing economy will negatively impact electronic and semiconductor sales.”