Total revenue from worldwide sales of equipment and material used to make semiconductors nearly doubled in 2000, according to data released on Thursday by an industry association.
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), representing companies that supply manufacturing technologies to the world's chip makers, said worldwide sales of 21 semiconductor product categories totalled $US48.4 billion in 2000 compared with $25.5 billion in sales in 1999.
North America remained the largest market for semiconductor equipment, rising to $13.2 billion, an increase of 77 per cent over the $7.5 billion in sales posted in 1999, a SEMI spokesman said. Taiwan was second, at $9.4 billion, up 108 per cent from $4.5 billion in 1999, while Japan followed in third position with $9.2 billion in sales, an increase of 67 per cent from $5.5 billion in 1999.
The market comprising Singapore, Malaysia, China and other countries in Southeast Asia led regional year-on-year growth at 116 per cent, with sales rising to $6 billion in 2000 compared to $2.8 billion in 1999. Shipments to Europe rose 105 per cent in 2000, to $6.6 billion from $3.2 billion in 1999, and shipments to Korea rose 100 per cent to $3.9 billion from $1.9 billion the previous year.