At a recent webcast SEMI said that 2013 equipment spending growth is 0% and capacity addition has slowed from 6% down to 3% in 2013. They talked about the roller coaster and argued that because of the high revenue expectations the fab spending growth rate has a chance to be also positive. This seems to fit: slower capacity additions and high revenue expectation lead to more equipment spending.
Let's just hope that economy works out as well
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