SAN JOSE, CA - Global Industry Analysts, Inc. has released a
report suggesting that the worldwide market for Surface Mount
Technology (SMT) equipment will see favorable growth over the
next few years. The report stated that key factors driving growth
include component miniaturization, technology advancements and
The report cites an increased demand for efficient packaging that offers the cost-effective placement of electronic components
onto the ever-decreasing size of the printed circuit board.
Accordingly, the report claims that the market for SMT equipment is
poised to exceed $5.6 billion by the end of the year 2010, and that the
Asia-Pacific region offers the most opportunities for the global SMT
industry. It projects annual sales of SMT equipment in the area to grow
at a compounded annual rate of 13.3% over the years 2001 through 2010.
SMT equipment sales in the U.S. totaled an estimated $718 million in
2006, while sales in Latin America are projected to exceed $146 million
The report states that the primary drivers of SMT equipment sales will
be Agilent Technologies, FeinFocus USA, Glenbrook Technologies, Phoenix
X-Ray Systems and Services, Teradyne, and Universal Instruments, among
TAIWAN - Notebook makers Quanta Computer, Compal, Wistron, Inventec and Pegatron Technology were
all affected by fewer working days in February due to the Lunar New
Year, and saw revenues in February drop 10% to 15% for the month.
Notebook makers also expect shipments in the second quarter to be
impacted by a battery plant fire in Korea’s LG Chem's facility, and
Quanta stated that Matsushita's battery plant, which also suffered
damage in a fire in September 2007, will not resume full production
until the end of June. While demand should start increasing in the next
few months, the battery shortage problem may continue for some time.
Compal also pointed out that in addition to the shortage of batteries, chassis supply is also a problem.