Array processing for TFT-LCDs dropped 11% in 2006

The worldwide market for array processing equipment for TFT-LCDs dropped 11% in 2006 and will decrease another 14% in 2007, according to The Information Network. The array processing equipment market will recover in 2008 and 2009, growing 28% and 8%. Lithography tools from Canon and Nikon led the equipment market with sales of $1.2 bln in 2006, with Nikon ending the year with a 57% market share. The sector will decrease to $1 bln in 2007.