Critical Subsystems Orders Fall Off a Cliff

Orders for critical subsystems evaporated in the second half of 2018 after a very strong start to the year. Subsystems suppliers have been left with depleted order books after OEMs accumulated large inventories as the market for wafer fab equipment cooled off. Although overall critical subsystems revenue growth for 2018 is forecast to come in at +5% YoY, this year has been a tale of two halves with a bumpy ride for the critical subsystems supply chain along the way.