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North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted $3.93 billion in billings worldwide in November 2021 (three-month moving average basis), according to the November Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published by SEMI. The billings figure is 5.0% higher than final October 2021 billings of $3.74 billion and 50.6% higher than November 2020 billings of $2.61 billion.
“Billings of North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers extended a robust uptrend to reach another new record in November,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “Industry performance remains unprecedented despite persistent supply chain challenges.”
The SEMI Billings report uses three-month moving averages of worldwide billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.
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Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached $13.3 billion in the second quarter of 2019, down 20% from the same quarter of 2018 and 3% from than the previous quarter.
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