The decline in demand in the laptop, smartphone and consumer electronics segments would seem to have had an impact on the cost to manufacturers of semiconductor components for the purchase of technological equipment, but this has not yet been the case. The project expenditure in the second quarter rose consistently by 7 per cent to $26.43 billion, and the annual growth rate was 6 per cent.
Such statistics were shared by the SEMI industry association, which brings together most of the world ' s semiconductor producers. Japan ' s Association of Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers also contributed to the general statistics. If Taiwan remains the leader in the consumption of specialized equipment at a cost of $6.68 billion, China shifted from this position in a year to 20%. It appears that restrictions on the supply of lithographic equipment to the PRC by the US have affected.
South Korean chip manufacturers ranked third with $5.78 billion and steady growth by 12%, but declined by 13% annually. North America spent $2.64 billion on the purchase of specialized equipment in the second quarter, which is 57% more than a year ago, but the leader in the annual growth rate of profile costs should be regarded as Europe, which increased it by 162% to $1.86 billion. Japan showed a negative trend as consistently. For the rest of the world, $1.25 billion was spent on the purchase of equipment for the production of semiconductor components, which is one and a half times higher than in the second quarter of last year. In fact, Taiwan increased this cost only by 37% consistently and by 32% annually, down from other regions.