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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.

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