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Forest Hills, N.Y. — The world market for screen printer equipment has begun to see recovery in 2003, driven mostly by electronics manufacturing in Asia, according to a new report.
In 2003, the world market for screen printers will reach more than $174.7 million, with automatic units making up more than 63 percent of total world market demand. Although pricing is feature-based and ranges considerably, the average selling price of an automatic unit was approximately $115,000 in 2002, and pricing is expected to remain stable through 2003. Semiautomatic units made up approximately 28 percent of total world demand, with manual types comprising the remaining 9 percent.
The U.S. market, which led the industry in production and demand several years ago has given way to the Asian market, which now makes up more than 38 percent of total consumption. However, after two and a half years of decline, the U.S. market will grow by 7 percent in market value in 2003. Other high-growth markets include Eastern Europe, which showed a robust growth rate of 17 percent through 2002 and will continue to grow strongly over the next five years.
Factors affecting growth include the introduction of new products and technology such advanced technology packages (ATP) and flip chip (FC) technology in fabricating processor packages. These introductions have increased the need for pick-and-place machines in back-end semiconductor packaging.
This information is based on the research report entitled Screen Printer Equipment: World Markets, Drivers and End-Users — 2003-2008 Analysis and Forecasts, published in September 2003 by Dedalus Consulting Inc. For more information, visit www.dedalusconsulting.com.