This issue covers:
- Semiconductor sales increase forecast
- EEF makes case for Government support for manufacturing
- Accurate low resistance measurement
- India targets electronics boost
An industry forecast predicts three good years for semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
The latest analysis from SEMI Semiconductor Industry Research forecasts that the equipment market will grow 7% in 2015 to reach $40.2 billion and expand another 4% in 2016 to reach $41.8 billion. Last year it grew 18%.
Key drivers for equipment spending are investments by memory and foundry fabs. Front-end wafer processing equipment is forecast to grow 10 percent in 2015 to $32.1 billion, up from $29.3 billion in 2014. Test equipment, assembly and packaging equipment are forecast to contract this year, falling to $3.5 billion (-3 percent) and $2.8 billion (-9 percent), respectively.
"Memory and foundry device manufacturers are continuing to invest in leading-edge process technologies to enable mobility and interconnectivity,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “We expect capital spending to post growth throughout the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.”
Taiwan is forecast to continue as the world’s largest spender with $10.9 billion estimated for 2015 and $10.0 billion for 2016. In 2015, South Korea is second at $8.6 billion, followed by North America at $6.5 billion. For 2016, these three regions are expected to maintain their relative rankings.
In 2015, year-over-year increases are expected to be largest for South Korea (25 percent), Taiwan (16 percent), Europe (14 percent), and Japan (13 percent). Projected year-over-year percentage increases for 2016 are largest for Europe (26 percent increase), China (19 percent), South Korea (8 percent), and Rest of World (7 percent). More at www.semi.org/en/MarketInfo
A new report forecasts UK manufacturers are to increase their productivity by 15.5% over the next five years.
The report from International Festival for Business 2016 and Oxford Economics Says the productivity increase will help to increase the value of exports by 35%.
Trade body EEF welcomes the findings, saying they make a ‘powerful case’ for the Chancellor to help solve Britain’s productivity crisis by targeting Government support towards encouraging growth in high value manufacturing.
Manufacturing is projected to deliver 40% of Britain's productivity gains over the next decade. In the past five years output per hour in manufacturing has grown four times faster, on average, than that across the whole economy.
In the years running up to the financial crisis UK manufacturers were increasing rates of productivity growth in line with the best in the world and, since 2007, the sector has remained ahead of most EU competitors, including Germany.
EEF is calling on the Government to work with business to improve productivity through policies based on three key principles: The levelling up of performance between the strongest and weakest performing businesses, a greater focus on the most productive sectors and reduction in barriers to growth and using proven areas of Government spending which spread good practice. Details at www.eef.org.uk/
A specialist digital ohmmeter improves the accuracy to which low resistance can be measured.
The versatile, rugged and easy-to-use Cropico D07 Plus simplifies resistance measurement associated with electrical connections, weld integrity, cable and joint resistance, electric motors and other engineering applications.
Accurate to within 0.05%, lead resistance errors are eliminated with the incorporation of true four-wire technology, while advanced features include seven selectable measurement ranges, extending from 0.1μΩ to 6 kΩ - in addition to a 10A measuring current.
The D07 Plus is capable of recording and storing 1,000 measurements plus sequences. There is an option for selecting continuous or pulsed current output.
A long scale count meter (up to 60,000) enables the automatic averaging of forward and reverse measurements, which can then be downloaded to a PC or printer if required via a full serial RS232 or USB outlet port.
A QWERTY keyboard and LCD graphics panel have been incorporated to allow for quick and easy access and control. Other features include temperature compensation, full cooling curve facilities with built-in graphical plotting, remote start facility and comprehensive digital calibration.
Remote power is provided by rechargeable batteries, which provide up to one hour’s continuous use at the lowest ranges and 20 hours for all others. A mains cord is also supplied as standard together with test leads, user manual and instructional CD-ROM. Specialist test leads and calibration standards are also available from Cropico.
The D07 Plus comes sealed in an impact-resistant, lightweight (5kg) and easy-to-carry ABS case capable of withstanding the harshest field conditions. In addition to English, French, German, Spanish or Italian languages can be selected. It forms part of a comprehensive range of precision measurement instruments available from Cropico, part of the Seaward Group. find out more about the Cropico DO7 Plus at www.seaward.co.uk/do7plus
In an effort to boost the manufacturing of electronics items, the government of India extended the 'Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme' (MSIPS) by five years and also expanded the scope of the programme to cover 15 new product categories.
According to the government, the demand for electronics in India is expected to reach $400 billion by 2020 and has the potential to attract $100 billion investment and provide jobs to 28 million people.
The 15 new product categories included in the MSIPS are: smart cards, consumer appliances, electronic product design, optical fibres and Internet of Things (IoT) products, among others.
The MSIPS scheme was originally approved by the government in July 2012. It provides capital subsidy of 20 per cent in SEZ or 25 per cent in non-SEZ units engaged in manufacturing of electronics items. The original scheme was for three years.
Full story at www.business-standard.com.
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