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The book-to-bill ratio for semiconductor market increased for the fourth consecutive month.Orders for semiconductor equipment increased 7 percent in January to $1.18 billion compared to $1.1 billion in December 2011, according to trade association SEMI.
However, new orders for equipment were 22.1 percent lower than January 2011 when they totaled $1.51 billion, SEMI reported.
The three-month average of worldwide billings or equipment shipments in January 2012 was $1.24 billion, down 4.7 percent from December 2011 and 30.7 percent less than January 2011, according to SEMI.
The book-to-bill ratio for semiconductor equipment in January was 0.95, up from 0.85 in December 2011. That means equipment manufacturers received $95 in new orders for every $100 of orders that shipped in the month.
In January 2012, North American equipment makers experienced their fourth consecutive month of improvement in orders, said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “While year-over-year bookings and billings are lower than in 2011, the current outlook for equipment spending in 2012 has improved over the past couple of months.”