Paul van Gerven
28 June 2021

As semiconductor manufacturers push to address the global chip shortage, they’ll have started construction on 19 new high-volume fabs by the end of this year and break ground on another 10 in 2022, according to Semi’s quarterly World Fab Forecast report. Total equipment spending for these 29 fabs is expected to surpass 140 billion dollars, and that figure could still grow as chipmakers might set up even more new facilities.

Of the semiconductor makers beginning construction of new fabs this year, many won’t start installing equipment until 2023 since it takes up to two years after ground is broken to reach that phase, though some could begin equipping as soon as the first half of next year.

Semi fab forecast