The news is good but not great for suppliers of NAND-type flash memory, who have been battered by nearly six months of severe price erosion: iSuppli Corp. has upgraded its rating of near-term market conditions.
Applied Materials has been awarded a milestone contract to provide T-Solar Global S.A. of Spain with Europe's first thin film solar module production line using ultra-large 5.7m2 (2.2m x 2.6m) glass panels.
It was a tale of two companies in the semiconductor industry in 2006, with major chip supplier Intel Corp. suffering a revenue decline, while rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) nearly doubled its sales, according to iSuppli Corp.¹s final 2006 market-share ranking.
North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.65 billion in orders in February 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05 according to the February 2007 Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI.
IC Insights has released its ranking of the top 25 worldwide semiconductor (ICs and OSDs — optoelectronics, sensors, and discretes) sales leaders for 2006. For the top 25 suppliers, it was clearly a year of the haves versus the have-nots.
In 2005, a shortfall of 5,000 metric tonnes (MT) of polysilicon used for making solar cells grew to 21,000 in 2006 and will mushroom to 71,000 MT in 2010, according to the report: Opportunities in The Solar Cell Market For Thin Film Technology, recently published by The Information Network.
Busak+Shamban operates as the global sales and marketing arm of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. To consolidate their brand strategy, Busak+Shamban is to change its name to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, effective from April, 2007.
Following on the heels of major investments in the purchase of Linweld, and international helium assets from BOC, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., announced that its parent company, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), is in the process of making additional investments in the United States.