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Order focus: TSMC returns to capital spending foray

25 May 2011 | By Mark Osborne | News > Wafer Processing

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After about a month of little if any announced equipment purchases, TSMC has kicked-off a new wave of spending worth a total of approximately US$172.2 million. Equipment companies receiving new purchase orders include Applied Materials, Dainippon Screen, HamaTech APE, Toyko Electron and Varian Semiconductor.

The largest purchase order placed by TSMC was with Applied Materials, valued at approximately US$91.6 million. The second largest order was placed with Varian Semiconductor, valued at approximately US$35.4 million. Applied Materials is acquiring the ion implant firm.

The third largest order was placed with Dainippon Screen, valued at approximately US$27 million. This was closely followed by an order placed with TEL for approximately US$26 million.

Although the smallest of the latest string of deals, wholly owned subsidiary of SÜSS MicroTec, photomask processing equipment specialist, HamaTech picked-up a not insignificant order worth approximately US$19.2 million.  

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