PORTLAND, Ore. At least one fab tool maker is claiming sales growth in 2008 and remains bullish about 2009.
Despite the fact that chip makers have cut purchases of wafer-processing equipment, tool vendor EV Group (EVG) said it has increased sales of MEMS, 3-D interrconnect and nanoimprint lithography tools, resulting in continued net growth in 2008 and a bullish outlook for 2009.
"EVG in 2008 saw continued growth, mainly driven by the 3-D interconnect market and some of the nanoimprint lithography" equipment, said Steven Dwyer, EVG's vice president and general manager for North America. "We are very positive for 2009, not based on capacity buys, but based on the new technologies that we see coming out."
EVG recently reported that three European universities ordered $2.9 million worth of MEMS wafer processing equipment. Southampton University, University of Ulster and Technische Universitat Braunschweig each ordered multiple EVG systems for MEMS research. The Southampton Nanofabrication Center also upgraded its clean room.
EVG also recently reported that it has sold 100 nanoimprint lithography systems. The company claims 30 percent of the global market for these systems.