Market Share of Semiconductor Equipment Industry
The intensity of competitive rivalry is moderately high in the semiconductor equipment market. Firm specialization is driven by the high R&D investments and capital expenditures required to compete in the SME industry. Some key players are Applied Materials Inc., ASML Holding Semiconductor Company, and KLA Corporation. A few recent developments in this market are:
- May 2022: SCREEN Holdings increased its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the semiconductor industry. However, as reliance on semiconductor devices has grown, the environmental impact created by the manufacturing processes has become a shared concern for the semiconductor industry. With this challenge in mind, SCREEN SPE agreed to join the Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems research program led by IMEC, a world-leading innovator. The program is designed to help the semiconductor industry reduce its overall environmental impact.
- February 2022: United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), a Taiwanese global semiconductor foundry, announced its plans to build a new advanced manufacturing facility in Singapore. The new facility would be built next to its existing plant, known as Fab12i, in Pasir Ris. The total investment for the planned project was USD 5 billion. The new wafer fab facility would have a monthly capacity of 30,000 wafers, with production expected to start in late 2024. According to UMC, it would also be one of the most advanced semiconductor foundries in Singapore and will produce 22 nm and 28 nm chips.
Semiconductor Equipment Market Leaders
Applied Materials Inc.
ASML Holding Semiconductor Company
Tokyo Electron Limited
Lam Research Corporation
*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order