Gartner Press Release
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending is expected to total $51.7 billion in 2012, a 19.5 percent decline from projected 2011 spending of $64.2 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.
“Natural disasters and the economy have certainly impacted the semiconductor capital equipment market in 2011, but we expect equipment spending to increase 13.7 percent in 2011,” said Klaus Rinnen, managing vice president at Gartner. “However, equipment providers will not be as lucky in 2012. The impact of the slowing macro economy, high inventories and a sluggish PC industry — due to both weak demand and the flooding in Thailand — will temper the outlook for 2012.”