Global semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 10.2 percent to $77.7 billion in 2017, market research firm Gartner said on 2 August.
According to the report, the growth rate is 1.4 percent up from the previous quarter's forecast, due to continued aggressive investment in memory and leading-edge logic which is driving spending in wafer-level equipment.
"The NAND flash shortage was more pronounced in the first quarter of 2017 than the previous forecast, leading to over 20 per cent growth of etch and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) segments in 2017 with a strong capacity ramp-up for 3D NAND," said Takashi Ogawa, Research Vice President at Gartner, in a statement.
Gartner forecast the next cyclical down cycle will emerge in 2018 to 2019 in capital spending, compared with 2019 to 2020 in the previous quarter's forecast.
"Spending on wafer fab equipment will follow a similar cycle with a peak in 2018. While the most likely scenario will still keep positive growth in 2018, there is a concern that the growth will turn negative if the end-user demand in key electronics applications is weaker than expected," Ogawa added.
This news comes after India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the trade body representing the Indian ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) industry said early this year that it has signed four MoUs aimed at bridging talent gap.