US companies to get 50% share of front-end wafer processing market in 2005

Semiconductor equipment from US-based manufacturers will account for 50% of the global front-end wafer processing market in 2005, up from 49% in 2004. China front-end equipment sales in 2004 represented only 7% of US-based companies revenues and 6% of Japan-based companies, but 31% of Europe-based companies such as ASM International and Unaxis. China?s equipment purchases, which we forecast in January 2005, will drop from $2.8 bln in 2004 to $1.9 bln in 2005 and European suppliers will take a big hit, The Information Network says.

Semiconductor
equipment sales
by manufacturing company
Base of operations Global market share
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
US 53% 54% 48% 49% 50%
Japan 36% 32% 38% 37% 37%
Europe 10% 14% 13% 13% 12%
Rest of the world 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Source: The Information Network