Dry etch market grew 89% in 2004

The Dry Etch Market achieved a record growth rate of 89% in 2004, led by Lam Research and Applied Materials, according to The Information Network. The 89% growth rate in 2004 topped the 85% growth achieved in 2000. Lam Research led the $3.4 bln market after growing 91% in 2004 in the dry etch market. Applied Materials moved ahead of TEL into second place after growing 123%. The Dielectric Etch sector grew 101% and achieved a 58% share of the market, followed by the Polysilicon Etch sector, which grew 87% and held a 30% share of the market. The Dry Etch market is earmarked to drop 10.2% in 2005 to $3.1 bln. In the $340 mln Dry Strip market, Mattson regained its lead after growing 132% in 2004. Novellus placed second. The dry strip market is projected to drop 7.8% in 2005.