Semiconductor equipment market to grow 20.5% in 2007 and 27.0% in 2008

The semiconductor equipment market will trend upward starting in mid-2006 and reach double-digit growth in 2007 and 2008, aided by transistor and gate processing, according to The Information Network. The upswing will result in growth rates of 20.5% in 2007 and 27.0% in 2008, following -9.6% growth in 2005 and -5.0% in 2006. Of course, if semiconductor manufacturers combine two years of growth in one, as they did in 2000 and 2004, the industry will see nearly 50% growth in 2007. For Gate Stack processing, the equipment market was $843 million in 2004. Applied Materials led the market with a 54.8% share, followed by TEL with a 19.5% share and ASM with a 10.5% share.