June 30, 2006
News Release 06-065
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

U.S. SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY STILL HIGHLY COMPETITIVE, SAYS ITC

The U.S. semiconductor manufacturing equipment (SME) industry is strongly competitive in most types of equipment, and it is one of the few industries in which the United States has a substantial trade surplus, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently released the report as part of an ongoing series of reports on thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States. Following are other highlights from the report:

The foregoing information is from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment (USITC Publication 3868, June 2006).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and customs treatment of the products being studied; they analyze the basic factors affecting trends in consumption, production, and trade of the commodities, as well as factors bearing on the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

This report will be available in the Publications section of the ITC Internet site at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be ordered without charge by calling 202-205-2000 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

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