Asian chip manufacturers will buy most of the environmental and flow control products
By 2015 semiconductor manufacturing will be concentrated in Asia. At that time 74 percent of the production and 70 percent of the revenues will be generated in Asia. The McIlvaine Company (http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/) forecasts that in 2015, 78 percent of the world's semiconductor equipment purchases will be for Asian chip fabrication facilities. By 2015, the production in Asia will be greater than the entire world production last year.
Based on these forecasted trends, the McIlvaine Company has made nearly 20,000 forecasts for the revenues of environmental and flow control equipment, repair parts, and consumables.
The Asian wafer fabrication facilities use a higher percentage of mini environments than the rest of the world. Also in some Asian countries the slightly more lenient air regulations reduce the need for scrubbers. Therefore the Asian market percentage differs from the semiconductor equipment percentage.
Asian fabrication facilities utilize more cleanroom workers than do facilities in the U.S. and Europe. This will result in a higher percentage of the market for gloves, wipes, and clothing.