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Chip Equipment Book-to-Bill Ratio Falls for Fifth Straight Month


New orders for semiconductor equipment declined 15.3 percent in September compared to the month before, as chipmakers scaled back on their equipment capital spending.

North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted orders totaling $984.8 million in September 2011, down from $1.16 billion in August, according to trade association SEMI.

The September bookings figure is also 40.4 percent lower than the $1.65 billion in orders manufacturers posted in September 2010.


SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano and micro electronic manufacturing supply chains.
The three-month average of worldwide billings (order shipments) in September 2011 was $1.31 billion, which was 9.8 percent less than August 2011 when $1.46 billion of equipment shipped, reported SEMI. The billings figure is also 18.4 percent less than September 2010 when manufacturers shipped $1.61 billion of equipment.

The billings figure is 9.8 percent less than the final August 2011 level of $1.46 billion, and is 18.4 percent less than the September 2010 billings level of $1.61 billion, according to SEMI.

The equipment book-to-bill ratio for September was 0.75. It marked the fifth consecutive month that the book-to-bill ratio declined. A book-to-bill ratio of 0.75 means equipment manufacturers received only $75 in new orders for every $100 of orders that shipped month.

“Both billings and booking continue to decline with three-month average bookings almost reaching a value last reported in late 2009,”said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. Chipmakers are investing in advanced technology, but broader investments and equipment are not being made at the same pace as last year.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano and micro electronic manufacturing supply chains.

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