Semiconductor Equipment Market to exceed $50B in 2016

    Surprisingly strong demand for chip equipment has been the story of 2016, driving sales to levels above $50B in a recent forecast upgrade, by VLSIresearch. The outlook is also positive for 2017 and expected to reach $55B, growing more than 7%. Risto Puhakka stated that “Equipment has been growing as IC sales improved. Plus, IC Inventories are moving into a normal state.” However, the weakness in Electronics is troubling, where there has been inventory accumulation. Equipment sales are better than fundamental drivers indicate as reported by VLSIresearch in a recent edition of The Chip Insider.



    Memory, Foundry, and China continue to drive Wafer Fab Equipment (WFE). Deposition, Litho, and Etch Lead WFE. Deposition and etch have benefited tremendously last two years. Sales are expected to 5%, reaching $34B in 2016.




    Leading-edge, high-end test is driving tester demand. High-end test continues to expand with sales expected to cross the $4B bar in 2017.


    Assembly equipment sales outlooks for both 2016 and 2017 are good, as growth drivers shift into advanced packaging. 



    September, 2016




    The contents of this release are approved for use by media for news purposes identifying VLSIresearch as the source. No advertising or promotional use of this release by corporations can be used without VLSIresearch approval. All trademarks, service marks, and logos are the property of VLSI Research Inc or their respective owners.


    More information about The Chip Insider™ is available here:



    More information about the ForecastPro is available here:



    About VLSIresearch

    VLSIresearch is an award-winning provider of market research and economic analysis on the technical, business, and economic aspects within semiconductor, nanotechnology, and related industries. VLSIresearch provides intelligence for faster and better decision making in the areas of semiconductors, photovoltaics, LEDs, manufacturing, materials, and critical subsystems.  VLSIresearch was founded in 1976. Learn more at


    Contact: Risto Puhakka| email: analyst @ | ph:408.453.8844


    VLSIresearch | Ph: 408.453.8844 | 2290 North First Street Suite 202 San Jose, CA 95131


    … intelligence to make better decisions faster