SAN FRANCISCO Taiwan is set to become the world's leader in semiconductor fab equipment spending in 2007, according to a report released Monday (Jan. 29) by the nonprofit U.S.-Taiwan Business Council.
Citing market analyst Strategic Marketing Associates, the council said the global chip industry will spend $60 billion on new chip equipment in 2007. In light of company spending projections, Taiwan would account for at least 18.8 percent of global chip equipment purchases in 2007, surpassing all other countriesincluding 2006 leader Japan, the
U.S.-Taiwan Business Council said.
Noting that several Taiwanese memory vendors posted strong results in 2006, the council said it estimates that Taiwan DRAM makers will purchase $6.9 billion in chip equipment in 2007. The addition of 300-mm fab spending plans by foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) could lead Taiwan to total $11.25 billion in chip equipment expenditures in 2007, compared to an estimated $6.96 billion in 2006, according to the report.
The U.S.-Taiwan Business Council also said it expects Taiwan to become the world's largest producer of DRAM in 2007.