19 Jan '15, 6am
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase 0.8% in 2015, says Gartner
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase 0.8% in 2015, says Gartner Press release; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Monday 19 January 2015] Despite strong growth of 12.9% in 2014, worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to only grow 0.8% to US$65.7 billion in 2015, according to Gartner. Capital equipment spending will increase 5.6% in 2015, down from 11.3% in Gartner's third-quarter 2014 forecast, as manufacturers pull back on new fab construction and concentrate instead on ramping up new capacity, said the research firm. "Equipment spending outperformed capital spending in 2014 and will continue to do so in 2015, a situation that will reverse in 2016," said Bob Johnson, research VP at Gartner. "As we get better visibility into individual company spending plans for 2015, it is apparent that caution is a prevailing sentiment, with the exception of memory wh...