Gartner Says Semiconductor Equipment Spending Experiences Record 131 Percent Growth in 2010; Spending to Be Flat in 2011, With a 1 Percent Decline

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Gartner News Release, 12/15/10

Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending is on pace to reach $38.4 billion in 2010, a 131.2 percent increase from 2009 spending of $16.6 billion according to Gartner, Inc. In 2011, spending will be essentially flat, as worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending will total $38 billion, a 1 percent decline from 2010.

“2010 will be the strongest growth year ever for the semiconductor equipment industry, a nice rebound from the worst year ever in 2009,” said Klaus Rinnen, managing vice president at Gartner. Companies should prepare for a softer 2011, where equipment purchases will focus more on capacity than technology equipment.”

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