Paul van Gerven
11 July

Echoing a prognosis by IC Insights, Semi expects a rather steep drop in wafer fab equipment sales: by 18.4 percent to be precise. The market researcher and the trade organization have different expectations for next year, however. Though a recovery may start later in the year, IC Insights doesn’t see a return to full-year growth happening in 2020, predicting a 5 percent decline. Semi, on the other hand, expects the market to recover on the strength of memory spending and new projects in China. It currently forecasts 11.6 percent growth.

Semi predicts China will be the biggest buyer of semiconductor equipment in 2020.