KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 19): North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.22 billion in orders worldwide in November 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to the US-based Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that US$102 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed for the month.
In a statement on its website Dec 18, SEMI said the three-month average of worldwide bookings in November 2014 was $1.22 billion.
It said the bookings figure was 10.4% higher than the final October 2014 level of US$1.10 billion, and is 1.7% lower than the November 2013 order level of US$1.24 billion.
It said the three-month average of worldwide billings in November 2014 was US$1.19 billion.
It said the billings figure was 0.5% higher than the final October 2014 level of US$1.18 billion, and is 6.8% higher than the November 2013 billings level of US$1.11 billion.
SEMI president and CEO Denny McGuirk said that with the rise in bookings, the book-to-bill ratio climbed above parity in November.
“2014 has been a solid growth year for the semiconductor equipment market and we expect the foundry and memory sector to continue leading investments in 2015,” he said.