Global Semiconductor Stepper System Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Apr 2016
  • Pages: 54
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This market analysis segments the global market for semiconductor stepper systems by application (MEMS, LED devices, and advanced packaging) and by geography (Americas, APAC, and Europe). The top vendors analyzed in this global market research are ASML, Canon, and Nikon.

Global market outlook for the semiconductor stepper systems

The global semiconductor stepper system market will exhibit a slow market growth rate during the forecast period and will grow at a slow but steady CAGR of nearly 1% by 2020. The recent change in wafer size due to miniaturization of electronic devices will be the major growth-promoting factor for this market. Apart from the change in wafer size, factors such as the augmented demand for devices like memory and logic ICs, which are extensively used in computers, laptops, mobile devices, storage, and memory devices, and the growing flip chip and advanced packaging markets are anticipated to bolster the demand for stepper systems over the next few years.

Technavio’s market research analyst has estimated that the presence of eminent factors, such as the increasing cost of litho functions, will also aid in the growth of this market during the forecast period. Owing to the reduction in node sizes, new semiconductor technologies are emerging in the market, which in turn affects the overall lithography process. The double patterning technique, which is a type of high-resolution technique, increases the litho cost per function and, thus, the overall cost of patterning. This increase in the overall cost of patterning will foster the demand for semiconductor stepper systems during the estimated period.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the semiconductor stepper system market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • Europe

In this market research, analysts have estimated the APAC region to account for an impressive market share of more than 72% by 2020. South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan are the key countries in APAC that influence market growth. The presence of leading semiconductor foundries in countries like China and Taiwan, such as Semiconductor Manufacturing International in China and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and United Microelectronics in Taiwan, will create a demand for stepper systems in the region.

Application-based segmentation and analysis of the semiconductor stepper system market

  • Micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS)
  • LED devices
  • Advanced packaging

The MEMS market segment will be the largest application segment for semiconductor stepper systems during the forecast period. MEMS are extensively used across the consumer electronics, automotive, medical, industrial, telecom, and defense sectors for a wide array of applications. Furthermore, with the growing trend of vehicle automation, which includes car navigation and anti-lock braking systems, the need for MEMS sensors in the automotive sector will also increase. This increase in the applicability of MEMS across a wide range of end-user segments will foster the prospects for market growth until 2020. According to this industry research report, the MEMS market segment will account for more than 51% of the total market revenue.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

In the global semiconductor stepper systems market, a few prominent vendors account for more than 85% of the market in terms of revenue. The market is also consolidated, with intense competition among the players. As the semiconductor industry is governed by rapid technological changes, the vendors constantly work to upgrade their systems or adopt new technologies to gain a competitive advantage over their peers.

Key vendors in the market are -

  • ASML Holding
  • Canon
  • Nikon

Other prominent vendors analyzed in this market research are JEOL, Leica Microsystems, Optical Associates, Raith Nanofabrication, Rudolph Technologies, SUSS Microtec, Ultratech, Vistec Semiconductor Systems, and ZEISS.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global semiconductor stepper system market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the semiconductor stepper system market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global semiconductor stepper system market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the semiconductor stepper systems market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and Europe.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the semiconductor stepper system market?

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A stepper system consists of stepper motors and drives, and confers agility and flexibility to the industrial manufacturing processes by controlling the speed, position, and velocity of machines. The motor present in such a system is brushless synchronous DC electric motor that converts digital pulses into mechanical shaft rotation. The drive receives signals from an indexer of the control system and directs the signals into the motor, which enables it to rotate. These systems are extensively used across industries like packaging, semiconductor, material handling, automotive, power, energy, oil and gas, food and beverage, metal and mining, and life sciences.

The global semiconductor stepper system market is part of Technavio’s hardware and semiconductor research portfolio. This portfolio provides a comprehensive market analysis along with the market share, market sizing, and market segmentations covering areas such as computing devices, displays, embedded systems, human machine interface, lighting, semiconductor equipment, and sensors. These market research reports provide a perspective on the various market opportunities and market threats along with the key trends that would influence the market growth during the forecast period. It presents insights into the changing competitive landscape and a detailed profiling and market analysis of the vendors. Also covered in the research are the key regions or countries that would have an impact on the market during the assessment years.

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Top vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Technology landscape

PART 06: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 07: Market segmentation by application

  • Segmentation of global semiconductor stepper system market by application
  • Market size and forecast
  • Global semiconductor stepper system market by MEMS application
  • Global semiconductor stepper system market by LED devices application
  • Global semiconductor stepper system market by advanced packaging application

PART 08: Market segmentation by end-user

  • Segmentation of global semiconductor stepper system market by end-user
  • Market size and forecast
  • Semiconductor stepper system market in foundry segment
  • Semiconductor stepper system market in memory segment
  • Semiconductor stepper system market in IDM segment

PART 09: Geographical segmentation

  • Segmentation of global semiconductor stepper system market by geography
  • Market size and forecast
  • Semiconductor stepper system market in APAC
  • Semiconductor stepper system market in the Americas
  • Semiconductor stepper system market in Europe

PART 10: Market drivers

PART 11: Impact of drivers

PART 12: Market challenges

PART 13: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 14: Market trends

PART 15: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Key vendors
  • Other prominent vendorsPART 16: AppendixList of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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