Rose 23% in 2011 which is still highest record
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)’s latest statistics suggests that capital expenditure will increase to record level of $41.1 billion in 2011.
The data revised its growth estimate to 23% increase from the 31% growth estimated previously, as some companies have adjusted plans due to broader economic conditions, the industry association said.
SEMi forecasts that although 2012 spending will decline, the capital expenditure for 2012 may still be the second highest on record.
The highest spending in 2011 occurs in the Americas with about $10 billion, followed by Taiwan with about $9 billion.
Although Intel spends the most, another key reason for America’s lead is Samsung’s spending of about $2.5 to $3 billion in their Austin fab, dubbed the "S2-line."
In 2012, Korea is predicted to step ahead of the Americas, with over $10 billion in fab equipment spending, followed by Taiwan at $9.2 billion.