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Global semiconductor capital equipment market: 3% CAGR forecast between 2012-2016
Global Semiconductor Capital Equipment Market 2012-2016 - a new market research report on 2014-04-29 03:50:03
The Global Semiconductor Capital Equipment market is to grow at a CAGR of 3 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand for semiconductor capital equipment in smartphones. The Global Semiconductor Capital Equipment market has also been witnessing an increased number of mergers and acquisitions. However, the cyclic nature of the Semiconductor industry could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

The Global Semiconductor Capital Equipment market is witnessing an increasing number of mergers and acquisitions, and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years. Both existing vendors and new entrants prefer the acquisitive route to either enter the market or broaden their portfolio of offerings. For instance, Applied Materials has acquired Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. in November 2012. This acquisition will enhance the portfolio of Applied Materials with the addition of the latest ion implantation technology. Furthermore, ASML NV recently completed the acquisition of Cymer Inc. in May 2013. Cymer Inc. is a leading developer of lithographic light sources that enables the manufacture of advanced semiconductor equipment.

One of the major drivers in this market is the increasing demand from smartphone manufacturers. Smartphones provide the highest growth potential for the Global Semiconductor Capital Equipment market since advanced semiconductor equipment are increasingly being used in the manufacture of smartphones.

One of the major challenges in this market is the cyclical nature of the Semiconductor industry. The Semiconductor industry goes through a severe downturn after the products reach a mature phase of their life cycle. Added to this, the industry is going through tough times due to the fluctuating economic conditions. This cyclical nature is a major setback to the growth of the Global Semiconductor Capital Equipment market.

The key vendors dominating this space include Applied Materials Inc., ASML Holdings N.V., Tokyo Electron Ltd., and Lam Research Corp. The other vendors mentioned in the report are Advantest Corp., ASM International N.V., Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Hitachi High- Technologies Corp., KLA-Tencor Corp., and Nikon Instruments Inc.

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