SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The fab tool market remains hot, based on book-to-bill ratios from the U.S. and Japan.
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.19 in June, up from 1.13 in May, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.19 means that $119 worth of orders was received for every $100 of product billed for the month.
"The capital spending plans that fabs have put in place have resulted in orders at the highest level since August of 2006," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, in a statement. "These past 12 consecutive months of Book-to-Bill ratios over 1.0 indicate the consistent customer demand that SEMI members are working hard to fulfill.”
The three-month average of worldwide bookings in June 2010 was $1.68 billion. The bookings figure is up 10.5 percent from the final May 2010 level of $1.53 billion, and is 379.0 percent above the $351.7 million in orders posted in June 2009.
The three-month average of worldwide billings in June 2010 was $1.42 billion. The billings figure is up 5.7 percent from the final May 2010 level of $1.34 billion, and is 222.7 percent above the June 2009 billings level of $440.5 million.
Japan-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.40 in June, up from 1.13 in May, according to the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.
The SEAJ book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving average bookings to three-month moving average billings for the Japanese semiconductor equipment industry.
The three-month average of worldwide bookings in June 2010 was 112.512 billion yen ($1.29 billion). The bookings figure is 6 percent up the final May 2010 level and 216.2 percent up the June 2009 bookings level.
The three-month average of worldwide billings in June 2010 was 80.288 billion yen ($917.7 million). The billings figure is 14.8 percent down the final May 2010 level and 188.4 percent up the June 2009 billings level.
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