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Capital Spending by Semiconductor Suppliers to Drop Three Percent in 2012



While capital expenditures (capex) by semiconductor companies will drop three percent in 2012, some major chipmakers will boost spending by at least ten percent.
Capital spending by semiconductor companies will decline three percent in 2012 compared to 2011, as only six of the 35 major semiconductor companies will boost capital expenditures in 2012, according to researcher IC insights.

Capital spending by chipmakers will total $63.3 billion in 2012 compared to $65.5 billion in 2011.

Intel, Samsung, Hynix, TSMC, UMC, and ROHM are expected to spend more 2012 than they did in 2011, IC Insights reported.

Intel's capital spending will total $12.5 billion, an increase of 16 percent compared to 2011. Samsung's capital expenditures will rise 11 percent to $13.1 billion, while TSMC’s capital spending will total $8.2 billion, a 13 percent increase from 2011.

Capital spending by Hynix will rise 16 percent to $3.6 billion, and UMC's capital outlays will total $2 billion, a 26 percent increase from the previous year. ROHM’s capital expenditures will increase 78 percent in 2012 to $685 million, according to IC Insights.

Those six major chipmakers are expected to collectively spend about $5.2 billion more in 2012 than in 2011. In contrast, the total of the remaining capital spending outlays by other chipmakers are forecast to decline by about $7.5 billion this year.

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