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.

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.