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Nikon revises lithography sales forecast

05 February 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Lithography

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Nikon revises lithography sales forecast Nikon has reported a financial loss for its Precision Equipment business unit in 2008. The business unit includes Nikon’s LCD and semiconductor lithography tools. Nikon noted that it recorded a significant decline in semiconductor tool sales, led by 193nm ArF dry scanners due to the significant reduction in capital spending.

Nikon also lowered its sales forecast for IC Steppers & Scanners to 62 systems, down from 74 systems in its previous forecast set in November, 2008.

The biggest drop in sales is expected to come from Taiwan. The new forecast does not include any sales in Taiwan, compared to three tool sales expected in the previous forecast. Nikon sold 41 lithography tools to Taiwan in the previous year. Interestingly, Nikon has forecasted the sale of one EUVL tool.

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