Global Chip Equipment Sales Forecast to Hit Record High in 2022

Article By : SEMI

Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are forecast to reach a new high of $108.5 billion in 2022, up by 5.9% from the $102.5 billion in 2021.

Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are forecast to reach a new high of $108.5 billion in 2022, rising by 5.9% from the previous industry record of $102.5 billion in 2021, according to SEMI’s Year-End Total Semiconductor Equipment Forecast – OEM Perspective at SEMICON Japan 2022.

The record high caps three consecutive years of record revenue. The global total semiconductor manufacturing equipment market is expected to contract to $91.2 billion next year before rebounding in 2024 driven by both the front-end and back-end segments.

“Record fab constructions have driven total semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales to cross the $100 billon mark for a second straight year,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “Emerging applications in multiple markets have set expectations for significant semiconductor industry growth this decade, which will necessitate further investments to expand production capacity.”

Semiconductor Equipment Sales by Segment    

The wafer fab equipment segment, which includes wafer processing, fab facilities, and mask/reticle equipment, is projected to expand 8.3% to a new industry record of $94.8 billion in 2022, followed by a 16.8% contraction to $78.8 in 2023 billion before rebounding 17.2% to $92.4 billion in 2024.

Equipment sales in the foundry and logic segment, accounting for more than half of total wafer fab equipment receipts, are expected to rise 16% year-over-year to $53 billion in 2022 as demand for both leading-edge and mature nodes remain strong. Foundry and logic investments are projected to decrease in 2023, leading to an expected 9% drop in sales across the segment.

As enterprise and consumer demand for memory and storage weakens, DRAM equipment sales are expected to fall 10% to $14.3 billion in 2022 and 25% to $10.8 billion in 2023, while NAND equipment sales are projected to drop 4% to $19.0 billion in 2022 and 36% to $12.2 billion in 2023.

Challenging macroeconomic and semiconductor industry conditions are expected to spark a decline in back-end equipment segment sales. After registering robust 30% growth in 2021, semiconductor test equipment market sales are forecast to slip 2.6% to $7.6 billion in 2022 and 7.3% to $7.1 billion in 2023. Following an 87% surge in 2021, assembly and packaging equipment sales are projected to drop by 14.9% to $6.1 billion in 2022 and 13.3% to $5.3 billion in 2023. Back-end equipment expenditures are expected to improve in 2024 with growth of 15.8% and 24.1%, respectively, in the test equipment and assembly and packaging equipment segments.

Semiconductor Equipment Sales by Region

China, Taiwan, and Korea are projected to remain the top three destinations for equipment spending in 2022. China is projected to maintain the top position next year after claiming it for the first time in 2020, while Taiwan is expected to regain the lead in 2024. Equipment spending for all regions tracked, except Korea, are expected to grow in 2022, though most will see a decrease in 2023 before returning to growth in 2024.

The following results reflect market size by segment and application in billions of U.S. dollars:

 

 

* Total equipment includes new wafer fab, test, and assembly and packaging. Total equipment excludes wafer manufacturing equipment. Totals may not add due to rounding.

 

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