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The global semiconductor manufacturing equipment market size stood at USD 64.55 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 119.00 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.0% during the forecast period. The machines considered in the scope of the study under front-end equipment include silicon wafer manufacturing equipment and wafer processing equipment.
Further, the machines included under the silicon wafer manufacturing equipment include saws, lasers, and grinding & polishing equipment. Wafer processing equipment includes chemical vapor deposition machines, photolithography tools, etching machines, metrology tools, and quality/process control equipment.
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The machines present in the scope of the study under back-end equipment include testing and assembly & packaging equipment.
The demand for semiconductors has evolved rapidly owing to the introduction to more advanced products and process technologies for applications in end-use industries. Today, the integration of semiconductors has become a common factor owing to the persistent innovations in products such as vehicles, medical devices, smart devices, smart homes, and wearables. Additionally, the trend of integrating semiconductors on a single chip is widening because of the consumer preferences for compact-sized products. In such a scenario, the semiconductor manufacturing equipment is gaining impetus as it enables the assembling of semiconductors on a single chip. Furthermore, emerging segments such as the automotive sector and artificial intelligence are proving to be the potential growth factors for semiconductors. It is further driving the market. For instance, the safety-related electronic systems that are installed in cars cost around USD 500 per car. Moreover, artificial intelligence is also supplementing the market growth owing to the integration of semiconductors in data centers. These centers are equipped with AI chips that help in increasing efficiency and reducing operational costs. Owing to this, semiconductors are gaining traction which is further boosting the semiconductor manufacturing system market.
“Rising Demand for Data Business, Connected Cars, and IoT to Result in Market Growth”
Consumption of semiconductors is widening across various applications such as in vehicles, smart devices, etc. This is accelerating the semiconductor manufacturing machines market. For instance, semiconductors are integrated into autonomous, connected, and electric vehicles. For instance, a conventional vehicle contains roughly USD 330 value of semiconductors while a hybrid electric vehicle with a fully integrated sensors platform consists of around USD 1000 and 3500 value of semiconductors. Thus, increasing the consumption of semiconductors in autonomous and hybrid vehicles is expected to drive the semiconductor manufacturing equipment market revenue. Furthermore, deep learning chips, a subset of the total artificial intelligence systems are one of the major contributors to enforcing the market. For instance, according to the United States International Trade Commission, the artificial intelligence semiconductor market was valued at around USD 17 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 65 billion in 2025. The impact of such a growing trend in the semiconductor industry is supplementing the market.
“Front-end Equipment Segment to Hold Highest Share Backed by Rising Product Offerings by Key Players”
Based on equipment type, the market is further segmented into front-end equipment and back-end equipment
The front-end equipment segment is set to dominate the semiconductor manufacturing equipment market owing to the presence of major players that are offering these systems. Additionally, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, the major share percent of the value of a chip costs in the designing and manufacturing of the semiconductors. This semiconductor manufacturing system market trend is expected to peg a significant share for the frond-end equipment segment, further supplementing the growth of the market. The back-end equipment segment is expected to acquire a considerable market share with the introduction of innovative packaging solutions and stringent norms and regulations for testing the product.
“3D Dimension Segment to Exhibit High Growth Owing to Need for High Efficiency”
Based on the dimension, the market is further segregated into 2D, 2.5D, and 3D.
The 3D segment is expected to exhibit the highest growth and is further anticipated to propel the semiconductor manufacturing machines market in the near future. This growth is attributable to the advancement in technological trends wherein 3D integrated circuits (IC) serve higher performance. Moreover, the design of 3D ICs is expected to emerge as a promising option to overcome the challenges related to conventional geometrical scaling.
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The 2.5D and 2D dimensions enable reduced interconnection length and reusage opportunity, which, in turn, are resulting in decreased time and system cost. This factor is further driving the semiconductor manufacturing equipment market growth.
“Semiconductor Fabrication Plant/Foundry Segment to Grow Rapidly Fueled by High Demand”
Based on application, the market is segmented into semiconductor fabrication plant/foundry, semiconductor electronics manufacturing, and test home.
The semiconductor fabrication plant/foundry segment holds the major semiconductor manufacturing equipment market share. This growth is attributable to the high demand for semiconductors across various industries such as consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices, and machines.
The semiconductor electronics manufacturing and test home segments are expected to grow at a considerable rate in the coming years. This is attributable to the rising awareness regarding the testing of the semiconductor & its components, as well as the stringent norms and standards for packaging various products.
Geographically, the market is segmented across five major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. They are further categorized into countries.
Asia Pacific holds the highest share and will dominate the market in the coming years owing to the presence of major semiconductor manufacturing equipment suppliers based in China and Taiwan. Additionally, according to the International Trade Administration, in 2016, countries such as Japan and Korea, held the top positions in exporting semiconductor equipment. Additionally, these countries are signing Information Technology Agreement (ITA) plurilateral agreement with the World Trade Organization wherein the tariffs are eliminated on IT products resulting in non-tariff barriers to U.S. exports. Owing to this, countries such as Japan, Korea are gaining business opportunities to expand its products across the various geographies.
Asia Pacific Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Market, 2018 (USD Billion)
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Europe is expected to grow at a considerable rate in the forecast period as the European Union entered as a participant in the World Trade Organization Information Technology Agreement (WTO ITA). Moreover, the companies and institutes within the European nanoelectronics ecosystem proposed to raise investment through a joint program with the European Union to increase revenues worldwide by around USD 224 billion per year which would further supplement the semiconductor manufacturing equipment market share in this region.
North America holds a considerable market share and is expected to grow over the coming years owing to the stiff competition from Chinese players. Subsequently, key suppliers based in this region are focusing on setting up plants in locations where generous subsidies are available.
The Middle East and Africa and Latin America are expected to grow at a steady rate owing to the presence of few players operating in these regions.
“Leading Players Focus on R&D Investments and Expansion Strategies to Widen Product Portfolio”
Prominent companies are proactively investing in research & development activities as products are becoming more complex in response to the increasing technical demands. For instance, Canon invested around USD 3 billion in 2017 to enable the ongoing development of innovative products and services. Additionally, key players are focusing on expansion strategies such as mergers and acquisitions and collaborations to enhance their product portfolio. For instance, in 2016, ZEISS strengthened its partnership with ASML to introduce the next generation EUV lithography system for producing high-performance microchips at lower costs.
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The global semiconductor manufacturing equipment market report provides detailed information regarding various insights of the industry. Some of them are growth drivers, restraints, competitive landscape, regional analysis, and challenges. It further offers an analytical depiction of the market trends and estimations to illustrate the forthcoming investment pockets. The market is quantitatively analyzed from 2019 to 2026 to provide financial competency. The information gathered in the report has been taken from several primary and secondary sources.
Value (USD billion)
By Equipment Type
As per Fortune Business Insights, the global market was worth USD 64.55 billion in 2018.
The global market is expected to reach USD 119.00 billion in the future
The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.0% during the forecast period (2019-2026).
Front-end equipment segment under the equipment type criterion is expected to lead the market during the forecast period.
Rapid technological developments such as IoT, 5G, automated driving, big data, and artificial intelligence are the key factors driving the market
Tokyo Electron Limited, ASML, and Applied Materials, Inc. are the top companies in the global market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest CAGR in the market.
Rising demand for automated driving in automobiles is the key trend in the market.
The semiconductor fabrication plant/foundry application holds the major market share
The 3D segment under the dimension criterion is expected to showcase the highest CAGR in the market.
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