Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

More chips next year?

According to the market research firm Gartner the market for chip manufacturing equipment will be $35.8 billion in 2013, a fall of 5.5 percent from 2012. They state that the semiconductor industry's overall capital spending, which includes additional items such as the construction of buildings, will decrease on average by 3.5 percent in 2013. However, logic spending will be the strongest segment, declining only 2 percent driven by the aggressive investment of the few top players. Gartner say that 2014 and 2015 will be boom years across most of the types of semiconductor manufacturing, test and assembly and packaging. In 2014 capital spending will increase 14.2 per cent, followed by 10.1 per cent growth in 2015. The next cyclical decline will be a drop of 3.5 percent in 2016, followed by a return to growth in 2017.

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