The Week In Review: Manufacturing

Book to bill up; Brooks Automation buys Japanese company; Photronics reports strong earnings; Advantest adds card to test high-speed memory chips.


SEMI released its book-to-bill report for the North American semiconductor industry. The ratio was 1.02 for the month of July, up from 0.98 in June and 0.99 in May. The ratio is a three-month moving average of bookings and billings, and for July the average hit $1.559 billion. That’s the highest so far this year, and it’s up 12.5% year over year.

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Brooks Automation acquired Contact Co., a Japanese maker of automated cleaner products for wafer carrier devices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Photronics, which makes photomasks and reticle technology, reported Q3 sales of $131.7 million, including photomask sales of $104 million. Net income was $15.4 million, up from $7.3 million for the same period in 2014.

Advantest rolled out a new channel card for testing high-speed memory chips, including per-pin algorithmic pattern generation for testing fault algorithms.