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World chipmaking equipment sales double
Almost $50 billion in revenue
Worldwide sales of chip making equipment grew 90 per cent last year, according to a report by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
The total revenue, taken from 21 chip product categories and six regions, was $48.4 billion, compared to $25.5 billion in 1999.
North America still made the most semiconductor equipment, with sales up 77 per cent to $13.2 billion. Taiwan was the second biggest producer - up 108 per cent to $9.4 billion, and Japan was the third, with sales up 67 per cent to $9.2 billion.
The product category with most growth was electroplating and other thin-film deposition equipment, which saw sales rise 122 per cent. ®