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Worldwide semiconductor equipment book-to-bill lowest ever

20 March 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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Worldwide semiconductor equipment book-to-bill lowest everSEMI has reported the lowest ever book-to-bill ratio’s since records began in 1991. January’s book-to-bill was 0.47, while February, 2009 preliminary figure is 0.48. U.S based equipment supplier orders received in February was only US$263.5 million, compared to US$277.2 million in January’s final figures.

“These are the lowest bookings levels we’ve seen since SEMI began compiling data for the book-to-bill program in 1991,” said Dan Tracy, Senior Director of Industry Research and Statistics at SEMI. “Spending and investments remain at minimal levels as the semiconductor industry waits for clearer signals indicating improvement in end market demand.”

The three-month average of worldwide billings reached only US$546.1 million in February, 2009, a 58% decline over February 2008 billings of US$1.31 billion.

Worldwide bookings three-month average in February 2009, were US$263.5 million, 78% less than the US$1.21 billion in orders posted in February 2008.

The book-to-bill ratio for Japan based equipment manufacturers also fell to a record low of 0.35 in February, down from 0.55 in January. The Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan said this was lowest levels recorded since tracking started in 1993.

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