Today, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, released its Mid-year Forecast at the annual SEMICON West exposition. SEMI reported that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to increase 19.8 percent to total $49.4 billion in 2017, marking the first time that the semiconductor equipment market has exceeded the market high of $47.7 billion set in 2000. In 2018, 7.7 percent growth is expected, resulting in another record-breaking year ─ totaling $53.2 billion for the global semiconductor equipment market.

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http://www.semi.org/en/494-billion-semiconductor-equipment-forecast-new-record-korea

200mm fabs still flexing their muscles? In the shadow of other more trendy news about China and Memory fab investments, 200mm fabs continue to “flex their muscles.” At least 500,000 wafers per month (wpm) capacity, or a 10 percent expansion, is forecast for 200mm fabs from this year through 2021. This includes capacity from a number of new 200mm fabs expected to start operation in 2017.  The recently published report “Global 200mm Fab Outlook to 2021” by SEMI is tracking production, pilot, and R&D 200mm facilities worldwide with a special focus on capacity expansions and new facilities.

Read more at: http://www.semi.org/en/200mm-fabs-still-flexing-muscles

The leaders of France’s Leti and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute group have signed an agreement on collaboration in micro- and nanoelectronics. They did so while speaking of the need to strengthen European strategic and economic sovereignty.

Read more at:  http://www.eenewseurope.com/news/leti-fraunhofer-join-forces-strategic-nanoelectronics

SEMI and TechSearch International have combined their expertise to offer an essential business resource for advanced semiconductor industry research; the Worldwide OSAT Manufacturing Sites Database enables users to track outsourced semiconductor assembly and testing (OSAT) suppliers’ packaging locations, offerings, and capabilities. The report tracks over 120 OSAT companies that provide packaging and testing services to the semiconductor industry.

Read more at: http://www.semi.org/en/semi-and-techsearch-international-introduce-worldwide-osat-manufacturing-sites-database