North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts March 2016 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.15

SAN JOSE, CA, April 21, 2016 -- North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.38 billion in orders worldwide in March 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15, according to the March Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.  A book-to-bill of 1.15 means that $115 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

SEMI reports that the three-month average of worldwide bookings in March 2016 was $1.38 billion. The bookings figure is 9.4 percent higher than the final February 2016 level of $1.26 billion, and is 0.9 percent lower than the March 2015 order level of $1.39 billion.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in March 2016 was $1.20 billion. The billings figure is 0.5 percent lower than the final February 2016 level of $1.20 billion, and is 5.3 percent lower than the March 2015 billings level of $1.27 billion.

"Order activity remains steady and is on par with both the previous quarter and one year ago,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “3D NAND and advanced logic are the key drivers for investments.”

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.


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Source: SEMI (, April 2016

The data contained in this release were compiled by David Powell, Inc., an independent financial services firm, without audit, from data submitted directly by the participants. SEMI and David Powell, Inc. assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.

The data are contained in a monthly Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. The report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of North American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves. The Book-to-Bill report is one of three reports included with the SEMI Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

SEMI® connects more than 1,900 member companies and more than a quarter-million professionals worldwide to advance the science and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped our members grow more profitably, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit and follow SEMI on  LinkedIn and  Twitter.

Association Contacts

Deborah Geiger/SEMI
Phone: 1.408.943.7988
Email: Email Contact

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Phone: 1.408.943.7987
Email: Email Contact

Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: May 24, 2016 at 3:00pm Pacific. 

For information on SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report, visit


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