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2011 Semiconductor Capex: Big Spending, Trouble Looming

Phoenix, Arizona March 8, 2011 - The semiconductor industry experienced an outstanding recovery in 2010. Revenues grew 32%, while units grew 25%. Manufacturers responded to the sharp increase in demand by spending almost $50 billion, a 91% increase over 2009, on capital equipment, buildings and land. In 2011, Semico's forecast for the industry is an 8.3% increase in revenues and a 13.5% increase in units. Increasing economic uncertainty due to the political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, combined with rising gas prices, will help bring the industry back to a more normal growth pattern this year. Semiconductor manufacturers have responded with a more subdued plan for capital spending this year. Capex for the industry as a whole will be up 15% over 2010, but could fall as much as 20% in 2012 as the economy slows and overcapacity drives down prices. "Capital spending in 2011 is still strong, but more conservative at some companies than in 2010," said Adrienne Downey, Director of Technology Research at Semico. "Companies will become more skittish with their spending, so capex will fall 20% next year." Nine out of the top twenty semiconductor manufacturers will increase their spending this year, all at double- or even triple-digit increases. Find out who is taking the plunge this year, and who is holding back, in this data-rich look at the capex situation. This study includes market shares for 2009-2010, capital spending trends for 2010-2011, and a look at new fabs that are being built and expansion projects. For additional information or to purchase this report, please contact us at or 602-997-0337. About Semico We are a semiconductor marketing & consulting research company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Semico was founded in 1994 by a group of semiconductor industry experts. We have improved the validity of semiconductor product forecasts via technology roadmaps in end-use markets. Semico offers custom consulting, portfolio packages, individual market research studies and premier industry conferences.