Jiwei Interview | Business Opportunities and Hidden Reefs:

The “Mysterious” Second-Hand Semiconductor Equipment Market

Wu Shouzhe of JW Insights recently published an interview with me regarding my activity as a broker of used semiconductor equipment in their on-line journal, which is widely distributed in China.You can see the original article at the following link:-


Here is an English transaction of the article, followed by a copy of the original article in Chinese:-

Jiwei Interview | Business Opportunities and Hidden Reefs: The “Mysterious” Second-Hand Semiconductor Equipment Market
Author: Wu Shouzhe 11th March 2024
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[Interviewee in this issue] Stephen Howe – founder of SDI Fabsurplus, one of the largest independent second-hand semiconductor equipment suppliers in Europe. A former KLA engineer, Stephen Howe has accumulated a rich experience and developed many connections in the field of second-hand semiconductor equipment since he founded SDI Fabsurplus in 1998, and has extensively served major Fab factories in Europe and Southeast Asia. Currently, SDI Fabsurplus has a huge second-hand semiconductor equipment sales network and buyer database , which have become a force that cannot be ignored in the semiconductor equipment industry.

Jiwei Interview: Hello Mr. Howe, I am very glad to have such an opportunity to discuss the situation of the second-hand semiconductor equipment market, an area that has not received much attention from the business world at large before. I recently received your company’s used equipment sales bulletin, which you send out via email. One point I note from the sales list is the “quality condition”, which is divided into different grades, such as “almost new”, “very good”, “good”, “poor”, etc. What are the quality standards of these second-hand semiconductor equipment, and what indicators is this evaluation system based on ?

Stephen Howe: There was a standard released a long time ago by an organization which was called SEC/N which was a Secondhand Semiconductor Equipment Sales Association, but then, that organization was absorbed into the US based SEMI organization, which also organises the conferences worldwide such as the upcoming SEMICON China exhibition in Shanghai.

The SEC/N organization had previously drawn up a list of parameters by which we could define the quality of used equipment. But at Fabsurplus.com , I don’t use these parameters, because I think the condition of used equipment is very much subject to personal opinion and difficult to quantify.

In fact, this is the reason why someone like myself, who has a very long experience of working with used equipment, has an significant advantage over people who are not professionals working in this sector. Also, if you are buying used equipment, it is very important to have that equipment inspected by an experienced engineer Becuase a good engineer will know the weak points regarding each piece of used equipment, as all the different equipment types have their own weak points, and hence engineers that are specialised in working on that equipment come to learn what the weak points are.

For example, if there is a circuit board on a piece of equipment that is not reliable, which is generally related to the design process, the engineer will be aware of that board and then they will be able to do diagnostic checks to find out if that board is OK or not. For example, they can check whether it is running properly or if it has had some modification done that eliminates that error.

Jiwei Interview: Yes, the evaluation of the quality of second-hand semiconductor equipment is often subjective. Every piece of equipment has its own life cycle.
Where do your company’s second-hand equipment come from? What are the purchase channels?

Stephen Howe: You said that equipment has a life cycle, but we still need to look specifically at what this life cycle is. Many specialized equipments are designed to perform only certain tasks and processes, and sometimes the equipment may actually have been purchased in error. It can happen also that the buyer purchases the correct equipment, but then, for some reason, the buyer decides not to start the intended process, or else the process changes at the last minute, or else they just got a new contract, so in the end they no longer need the originally purchased equipment.

So , in such cases, we can even find a pretty much new piece of equipment on the second-hand market which is just not needed becuase it has such a specialised functionality. However, generally speaking, most of the major companies use their equipment for about ten years, which is related to their financial models. They normally have a planned depreciation of the equipment over a 3 years period, then they plan to use it for at least 5 years in their production line to make sure to get a break even from a financial point of view and then I have observed that companies like the big memory chip makers, they’ll keep the tools in their production lines for about 10 years and after that they’ll try to retire them.

Jiwei Interview: In addition to selling equipment, do some of your customer services also include the assembly and maintenance of second-hand equipment?

Stephen Howe: It depends on the availability of engineers, that is, whether there are suitable engineers to support these services. Because this requires working with OEMs, it can be quite a challenge, and the OEMs don’t always give us good support. The OEMs have a range of different policies. Some of the OEMs are willing to work with used equipment dealers, whilst others don’t on a case-by-case basis. But we also have a network and connections of 3rd party engineers who either used to work for the OEMs and became independent or else otherwise learned how to work on the equipment by themselves, and they have different levels of skill in using the equipment.

Obviously, if I need support for installation services on some piece of equipment, I will reach out to our network of engineers.

Jiwei Interview: You just mentioned that large memory chip equipment manufacturers sometimes change their production line strategies. For example, Samsung changed its production line originally used for DRAM to CIS. Will these strategic adjustments also lead to some equipment flowing into the second-hand market?

Stephen Howe: Yeah, that’s right. The semiconductor equipment market is also very much a cyclical market. Based on past experience, there have been times when everyone is buying equipment in a big way, and then there are times when the market goes down and the excess equipment cannot be sold. In those times, when the market is down, everyone is trying to cut costs, and then they remove equipment from production. Therefore, a large amount of second-hand equipment accumulates that can be reused, and a lot of the equipment has been scrapped in the past. This is a huge waste of resources, because these pieces of equipment are very difficult to produce and very expensive to make in terms of the required environmental resources. I think it is a real shame to scrap equipment that could still be used.

But looking at the situation in recent years, I think the global equipment market has undergone some changes. Because previously, the majority of the fabs were using 200 mm or 8 inch wafer size equipment. So, in the past, we had a ready supply of equipment from factories of companies like Intel ,Micron Technology and Samsung who pulled out a lot of 8-inch equipment because the lines were outdated for their state-of-the-art processes. So it was easy for us to buy these pieces of equipment and then repurpose them for use in the Tier 2 Fab factories. These 2nd tier fabs use these second-hand tools to manufacture certain analog devices. Analog integrated circuits often do not require very advanced process nodes and such devices are also often produced using smaller wafer sizes.

But now that large manufacturers are using equipment for the manufacturer of the larger 12 inch wafers, it is a pity that the supply chain for a large number of obsolete 8-inch equipment is no longer there. Because of this, currently, 8-inch compatible tools are still in very short supply. In fact, some OEM equipment manufacturers, such as Applied Materials, recently announced that they will start manufacturing 8-inch equipment again, so this has been a radical change to the structure of the used equipment market.

Jiwei Interview: Judging from the list of equipment you sent me, the uses and specific scenarios of these equipment are quite wide, involving front-end photolithography, etching, and ion implantation, as well as some back-end ATE equipment. Which of these devices has the highest profit margin? Is the profit margin of second-hand front-end equipment higher than that of back-end equipment?

Stephen Howe: As process nodes continue to advance, new equipment on the market is becoming more and more expensive. The most advanced of these equipments are used to operate at the smallest line widths, such as 5nm, 2nm, and other nodes below 10nm. Such equipment is becoming fantastically expensive.

For example, a single piece of lithography equipment for such nodes may cost more than 100 million U.S. dollars. And, it’s the same for the metrology equipment for these process nodes too. That is, the equipment they use to look at their production with, becuase they have to see what they are making . And so that equipment has also become fantastically expensive. So obviously, if you’re buying and selling a tool like that in the used market, the price is higher and hence your margin, which is normally a percentage of the overall cost, becomes larger. This is, of course, a very simplistic way of looking at it. We need to bear in mind that it is also very, very difficult to support these state-of-the-art machines, so you start to run into a series of huge costs which seriously cut into your profit margin. For example, most people will turn to the OEM for support in these cases. And the cost of the OEM work is very, very expensive.

Therefore, supposing you want to buy, for example, an ASML TWINSCAN XT:1900i lithography tool and you manage to source one from a second-hand equipment dealer, ASML will not necessarily be very happy about it, because they may prefer that you buy either new equipment from them or even a second-hand tool from them.

In fact, the current problem with such a scenario is finding the labor to be able to install the tool because currently, there is a big backlog on the availability of the specialised labor capable of working on tools like the ASML lithography systems.

Jiwei Interview: I previously talked with a senior leader of a second-hand equipment company headquartered in Asia. He told me that many original equipment manufacturers are now also developing second-hand equipment processing production lines, which is how to deal with their own internal equipment. Obsolete equipment is also a major source of profit. Will this form a competitive relationship with second-hand equipment manufacturers?

Stephen Howe: I don’t think so. The second-hand semiconductor market is very large. Everyone wants to control their own second-hand equipment. Is this possible? I can tell you that the first large original equipment manufacturer to enter the used equipment market was KLA, the one that did process control. They are currently very successful. I actually started studying semiconductor equipment at KLA. I was an equipment engineer at KLA in the 1990s. With my work experience at KLA, now I can become an excellent equipment engineer and enter the second-hand equipment market.

I think I was personally instrumental in getting KLA into the used equipment market. In 2005, I went to China to attend Semicon China. At the show, I went to the executive reception and accidentally met my former employer and the then company president Kenneth Levy.(Actually, I don’t recall if I met Ken Levy or Ken Schroeder). I explained my business model to him and I said, “Hey, we are selling used equipment made by your company and also I thank you so much for training me in your company and hence allowing me to have this opportunity.”

Not long after, I was contacted by a guy from KLA who said he wanted to start buying and selling used equipment. Then they set up a used equipment division and they were one of the first OEMs to get into this business. In fact, I myself have sometimes sold KLA’s obsolete equipment back to them, and we do sell some equipment to OEMs generally, although they don’t usually publicize this because we’re in competition. Again, regarding the risk of the second-hand market being controlled by OEMs, my answer is there is almost no risk because the market is too big to be controlled by them.

Jiwei Interview: You just mentioned the issue of 12-inch devices and 8-inch devices. The mainstream equipment in many product lines with mature technology is still 8 inches. According to some media reports, mainland China is currently increasing the production capacity of mature process chips, which requires a large number of 8-inch second-hand equipment. From your observation, is there any so-called “hoarding” of second-hand equipment by Chinese buyers?

Stephen Howe: Unfortunately, I don’t have much business dealings with mainland China. I really hope to have more business dealings with Chinese customers in the future, but currently,I have very few. I think this is mainly due to cultural issues.

So my company does not have very good market penetration in China. I think there are other companies in Asia Pacific that may be doing more business in China. Many years ago, maybe around 2005, I was doing more business in China. I haven’t done that much since then, mainly because my company is based in Italy and my clients are mostly in Europe.

Of course, the lucky or better thing for me is that I don’t need to go to China and other places further away to find more customers becuase there are many local customers who can support our business.

But I know Chinese buyers are buying a lot of equipment, and as far as what you said about 12-inch and 8-inch, in fact, the price of second-hand 8-inch equipment may not be cheaper than 12-inch any more. Because 12-inch equipment is more difficult to use,and this equipment is often used in the production lines of larger device manufacturers. Also, if you want to produce 8 inch devices on 12-inch equipment, then the equipment may require some special reconfiguration.
There are also problems such as chemical overspray during equipment operation. Spraying in wet chemicals that were intended for a 12-inch wafer and using them on an 8-inch wafer creates a lot of waste. So for those reasons combined, a used 12-inch machine might actually be a lot cheaper than a used 8-inch machine because these big companies are not making 8 inch wafers any more and so the 8 inch configured equipment tend to be older and less easy to find, which makes them become more expensive.

The used equipment market has been in a state of explosive growth before. Right now, the market has been experiencing explosive growth from around 2016 to last year, but by the middle of last year, the growth had narrowed a lot. I think overall prices are coming down now as well. Prices for 12-inch devices are sure to drop, but 8-inch devices are in short supply. It’s hard to tell how much a given 8-inch device should cost because there aren’t many of them on the market.

Obviously, this is helping prices of used 8-inch machines stay high due to the shortage of supply. recently, I’ve even seen cases where some “copy” 8-inch machines were manufactured by third-party companies. They have copied a popular 8-inch machine platform. The whole tool is not made by the OEM, but it’s an exact replica, and in this case, we don’t know what the quality will be like.

Jiwei Interview: Do you have any plans to explore more global markets in the future, such as opening an office in China?

Stephen Howe: We currently have no offices in the United States and China. This is also due to the travel issues caused by the epidemic. Currently, our company has offices in the UK and Italy. In addition, we also cooperate with companies in Singapore, including some third-party engineering companies.

If there was an opportunity to set up in China, it would definitely be very interesting. However, I think the Chinese market is too complicated for Westerners like me and I think if you open an office in China, you need to find a suitable Chinese person, that is, let the Chinese person help you understand the Chinese way of doing business, understand the Chinese culture and the Chinese language. Unfortunately, I don’t speak Chinese at all, so I will need many Chinese local resources to assist me.

Jiwei Interview: Language barrier is indeed a problem. Currently, due to certain geopolitical factors, the United States has tightened its import and export controls on China. In terms of many equipment required to manufacture advanced chips, especially in the field of lithography equipment, Fab factories in mainland China have been prohibited from obtaining EUV and certain Some DUV equipment. Therefore, many semiconductor companies will face some compliance issues under the new situation. How do you help customers solve this problem?

Stephen Howe: To be honest, I’m not very involved in compliance activities. I have a lot of experience importing and exporting equipment, so I know what to do, so I usually don’t get too involved in the compliance side of things. I have my own personal opinion on the whole issue of export restrictions. Regarding import and export control issues, when we are dealing with these relatively advanced second-hand equipment or equipment for certain special applications, we will need to pay close attention to any restrictions on sales locations.

All in all, there are always questions about export licenses that come up, and we do need to apply for an export license, just like any other additional paperwork that needs to be completed. However, if you look at the number of export licenses that are granted, such as those required to sell equipment into mainland China, in most cases even 90% of applications are successful.

The premise is to prepare enough paperwork necessary for import and export. If the preparations are done well, then the chance of successfully obtaining the license is very high. Then, there are also differences in import and export rules between Europe and the United States. I’m in Europe, so I deal with the European rules, whereas the United States has a different set of rules, and I don’t deal with the US rules any more becuase my company is in Europe.

In any case, China has a very good innovation environment and awareness in the field of integrated circuits, and your engineers have been making good progress. Frankly speaking, I think that in an environment facing heavy sanctions, China’s strategy should be to slowly break through from older technology nodes and then move towards advanced process nodes. I am sure that China will achive this; I am very confident about it.

Jiwei Interview: However, due to import and export control issues and the establishment of a series of “blacklists” by various US departments, more and more overseas equipment manufacturers are becoming more and more cautious when doing business with China.

Stephen Howe: Yes, and , of course my company will also be very cautious during this time when it comes to doing business with China because, especially for the used equipment market, we typically don’t deal with end users, we typically deal with brokers.

So the problem is with brokers, you can never know 100% where they’re going to re-sell the equipment. The last thing we want is for a tool to end up in a banned country, which is also a bad thing for us. So we handle this situation very carefully and we don’t want this to happen.

Jiwei Interview: You just mentioned that Applied Materials is producing new “old equipment”, and it seems that they are not the only one doing this. According to Japanese media reports, Nikon wants to develop i-line lithography equipment of the 1990s, which it calls a “special product for supply to China.” They see a lucrative business opportunity. Will this affect your company’s business?

Stephen Howe: Maybe if they were to launch a “new product” that competed with the used products, then obviously that would take market share away from us.

But again, as I said before, the market is so vast and the amount of used equipment is so huge that no one OEM can control this market. It’s just a market that is free, and these used tools are coming up for sale all the time. Often, OEMs will offer to buy back used equipment from the owners of those units, but they only offer a very, very low price.

So, as brokers, we can reach out to offer owners of used equipment better prices and better value for their used tools, and so I think we are in a good position to be able to compete well with the OEMs.

Even if OEMs start re-manufacturing second-hand products, I still think we are capable of competing with OEMs because the prices of the OEM refurbished second-hand products are always much higher than our prices. With independent brokers of used equipment like us, we can sometimes find tools which are still being used in the factory of our supplier , and they don’t need the tool any more, the tool is in running condition, you can go and see it operating in the facvory, you can check out it is working OK, and then all you need to do is pay for an engineer to remove it and then do the shipping to where ever it is going, and then re-install it again. And so, in this case, the price can be very competitive.

However this is an ideal scenario. Because when these tools are no longer needed, there is only a very short window of opportunity to be able to see the tool in running condition in the cleanroom, because they are fantastically expensive to keep running in the clean room . The clean room space is very expensive and the technicians time costs a lot just to keep the tool in running condition. Hence, you only have a very short window of opportunity and that is why the role of a broker can be very important. Becuase were are in contact with all these people, we are in contact with all these fabs, we find out where these tools are, and if somebody asks us for that tool we say “Yes, it’s available, we need to move now.” And then we take advantage of that window of opportunity to save a lot of money and also, don’t forget, we are also saving the environment, becuase these pieces of equipment are being re-used, instead of being thrown into the scrapyard, which would be a great waste of our resources, which are becoming more and more scarce.

Jiwei Interview: Many semiconductor equipment need to be equipped with a lot of software, such as EDA tools. When you sell the equipment, do you also package the software for sale?

Stephen Howe: The issue you mentioned can be said to be a super delicate and even somewhat sensitive issue for us.

The European Union is currently formulating certain regulations to help improve the resue of equipment to help save the environment. According to these regulations, let’s say you have an old machine, then the equipment manufacturer should give you the software for it. However, it has been the case in the past that the machine manufacturer will not give third parties like us the software. So far, in the United States, there has been a case in the past regarding the availability of spare parts and also possibly software that can be studied as a precedent.

In that case, a group of second-hand equipment suppliers filed a lawsuit against a major OEM. They actually won the lawsuit and settled out of court to collect some compensation fees in exchange for not continuing the lawsuit. So, when I go to some OEMs to request software, they should not refuse to sell me it, but some of them do currently refuse, although, of course, I can’t tell you any of their names. Notwithstanding this, we hope that organizations like the European Union will pursue and implement this kind of legislation to help us re-use equipment and hence promote the saving of resources and the environment.

I think in China, the legislature should do the same thing. Although I don’t know what the situation is like in China, however we want to be able to re-use equipment. So we need to access to the software . Obviously, it’s irresponsible to use the software without a software license. So we always tell our customers that they should have a software license, and we recommend that they get it for their used equipment.

Jiwei Interview: Some customers do sometimes use pirated software due to various complex reasons.

Stephen Howe: Obviously I don’t recommend that. Also, it’s possible in some cases that some organizations can reverse engineer or used third-party software packages on their equipment. That is another possibility and personally, I don’t see any problem with that if you can make your own alternative software package . In fact, I once even saw a second-hand semiconductor equipment software package running on a machine in a factory in China which they had written themselves.

Jiwei Interview: Regarding software licensing issues for second-hand devices, Europe and the United States do seem to have some differences in laws and regulations.

Stephen Howe: I think the EU is currently trying to legislate. According to their previous statements, one of their priorities is working to protect the environment. And I think China has also made a lot of efforts to protect the environment. So we hope they’re serious and they can help give us more legislation to ensure that supply chains can reuse equipment, because it’s not necessarily going against what the OEMs best interests are.

For example we can look at ASML. They are very successful in handling used equipment and they have a dedicated used equipment division. This division runs very efficiently within their company and they do support their old products, probably a lot better than a lot of the other OEMs. Therefore, it is not necessarily in best interests of these OEMs for them to place restrictions on the use of software for their used equipment.

Jiwei Interview: Currently, many of the world’s leading consulting organizations regularly publish global and regional semiconductor equipment market conditions. I suspect that the data they released does not actually include the second-hand semiconductor market. Is this market still relatively opaque and fragmented in terms of data collection and various information disclosures?

Stephen Howe: Yes, exactly. I totally agree with you. Statistics on the second-hand semiconductor equipment market are very difficult to calculate. You could say it is a “secret market” and it is still very fragmented, which makes this market very interesting.

Jiwei Interview: Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed by us.


集微访谈 | 商机与暗礁:“神秘”的二手半导体设备市场
作者: 武守哲 03-11 17:43
来源:爱集微 #二手设备# #出口管制# #ASML# #KLA#

【本期受访人】Stephen Howe——欧洲最大的二手半导体设备商之一的SDI Fabsurplus创始人。前KLA资深工程师,自1998年创办SDI Fabsurplus以来,Stephen Howe在二手半导体设备领域积累了丰富的经验和人脉,广泛服务于欧洲和东南亚的各大Fab厂,目前SDI Fabsurplus拥有一个庞大的二手半导体设备销售网络和买家数据库,成为了半导体设备行业一股不可忽视的力量。


Stephen Howe:这个标准的设定,是很久以前有一个类似名叫“二手半导体设备销售协会”的组织搞的,但是后来这个组织被吸收到了SEMI中,他们马上要在中国组织SEMICON China展会。





Stephen Howe:你说设备是有生命周期的,但还是要具体看这个生命周期是什么。很多专用的设备是用来完成某些特定任务和流程的,所以有时候这些设备实际上可能是被错误购买了。业界都认为买家知道如何使用新设备,但后来由于某种原因,买家决定不启动那个原定的流程。流程在最后一刻改变了,或者他们刚拿了一份新合同,所以他们不再需要原来的设备了。




Stephen Howe:这取决于工程师的可用性,就是说有没有合适的工程师来支持这些服务。因为这需要与原始设备制造商合作,和这些人合作可以说相当困难,他们并不总是给我们很好的支持。我有一系列不同的针对性政策。原始设备制造商的工程师其中一些愿意与二手设备经销商合作,而其他选择不和经销商合作,视具体情况而定。但是,我们还有一个工程师网络和人脉,他们要么曾经为原始设备制造商工作,后来变得独立了,要么学会了如何操作设备,他们有不同级别的设备使用技能。



Stephen Howe:对,没错。半导体设备市场也是一个周期性的市场。根据过往的经验来看,所以有时买家在大肆购买设备,然后有时又市场下跌,过剩的设备又卖不掉了,大家都在努力削减成本,有一些厂商在不断拆除设备。所以说,有大量的二手设备可以被重新启用,其中不少能用的设备实际上被申请报废了,这是对资源的极大浪费,因为这些设备生产起来非常困难,对环境资源也造成了很不好的影响。





Stephen Howe:随着工艺节点的不断推进,现在市场上的新设备也越来越贵,这些设备用于以最小的线宽、纳米数运行,比如5nm,2nm,10nm以下节点上的先进设备是极其昂贵的。


因此,如果你想买一台AMSL TWINSCANXT:1900i设备,从二手设备商这里找到了,ASML不一定会对此感到非常高兴,因为他们可能更愿意你从他们那里购买新设备甚至二手的。



Stephen Howe:我不这么认为。二手半导体市场是非常大的,大家都想控制自家的二手设备,这可能吗?我可以告诉你,首家进入二手设备市场的大型原始设备商是KLA,就是做过程控制的那家。他们目前做得很成功,我实际上就是从KLA开始研究半导体设备的,在上世纪90年代我曾是KLA的设备工程师。凭借我在KLA的工作经验,所以现在我可以成为一名优秀的设备工程师,进入到二手设备市场。

我认为我个人促成了让KLA进入二手设备市场。2005年的时候,我去了中国参加了 Semicon China,在现场我去了KLA的行政接待处,并且偶然遇到了前东家,见到了当时的公司总裁Kenneth Levy 。我向他解释了我的商业模式,我说:“嘿,我们正在出售贵公司的这些二手设备,非常感谢您在公司对我的培训。”



Stephen Howe:非常遗憾的是,我与中国大陆没有太多生意往来。我很希望能和中国的客户多一些生意上的往来,但确实很少,我认为这主要是由于文化问题。








Stephen Howe:我们目前在美国和中国都没有办事处,这也是因为要应对因疫情造成的旅行问题。目前,我们公司在英国和意大利各设有办公室。除此之外,我们和新加坡的公司也有合作,也包括了一些第三方的工程公司。



Stephen Howe:说实话,我不怎么参与合规活动。我在进出口设备方面有着丰富的经验,所以我知道该怎么做,所以我通常不会过多参与合规方面的工作。我对整个出口限制问题的看法有我个人的意见。在进出口管制问题上,我们正在处理这些比较先进的二手设备或者某些特殊应用的设备时,会关注一些销售地点的限制问题。





Stephen Howe:是的,这段时间,我的公司在涉及到和中国的业务时也会非常谨慎,因为特别是对于二手设备市场,我们通常不与最终用户打交道,而通常与经纪人打交道。



Stephen Howe:也许如果他们要推出一种与旧设备竞争的“新设备”,那么显然这会挤占我们的市场份额。






Stephen Howe:你提到的这个问题,可以说是一个超级微妙,对我们甚至是有些敏感的问题。





Stephen Howe: 显然我不建议这样做。事实上,甚至在某些情况下,某些机构会通过逆向工程或在设备上使用第三方软件包,有这种可能性。而且我不认为如果你做出了一个替代软件包有什么法律上的问题。据我了解,在中国某厂运行的一台二手半导体设备软件包就是第三方制作的。如果真的能用,也没什么不合适的。


Stephen Howe:我认为欧盟目前正在尝试立法。根据他们之前的声明,其优先事项之一是努力保护环境。而且我认为中国也为保护环境做出了很多努力。因此,我们希望他们是认真的,他们可以帮助为我们提供更多立法,以确保供应链可以重复使用设备,因为这么搞其实并不一定触动原始设备制造商的最大利益。



Stephen Howe:是的,完全正确。我完全同意你的观点。统计二手半导体设备市场是非常困难的,你可以说它是一个“秘密市场”,目前还是很分散的,这也使得这个市场变得非常有趣。


要购买二手设备,请访问我们的在线市场 www.fabsurplus.com

Fabsurplus EU Semiconductor Equipment Auction – Ends 29th Feb

Our EU Wafer Fab Equipment Closed Bid Auction will end on Thursday, 29th February 2024. There are no reserve prices so all your offers for spare parts and equipment are welcomed. Bid now for 191 excellent items of well-maintained 200 mm used semiconductor equipment and 1000s of difficult to find spare parts. Highlights include: Advantest Verstest V6000, Advantest Verstest V4000 , Advantest T5371, T5375 and T5771ES Test Systems, NexTest Maverick and Magnum Test Systems, Accretech UF200 probers and manipulators, AMAT Centura Epitaxial qty 2, an AMAT 7830 CD-SEM, a Credence Kalos Test System and Credence Duo Spare parts, Disco DFG 850 Back Grinders, an ELES ART 200 Debug station, AMAT P5000s, ASM A400 Furnaces, A Hitachi 9380 CD-SEM, Inspection tools from KLA including a UV1080, KLA Archer, Omnimap RS75 and a KLA 2122, Nitto 8500 DR and HR tapers and detapers, a Lam 2300 etcher for 200 mm use, a Nikon S204B scanner, a TEL ACT 12 double block track, Qty 2 Baccini Solar Cell Manufacturing Lines, A Weiss TS130 Thermal Shock Chamber and a Varian Viision 200 Implanter.

All items must go in our closed-bid used semiconductor equipment sale to be conducted as follows:


You are very welcome to come and view any of the assets by appointment. Assets are located in the EU and Malaysia. To arrange a viewing, please send a mail to:info@fabsurplus.com


All assets will be sold by “Closed bid”.
Preference will be given to bids for larger numbers of tools and bids for all the tools.


Bids should be submitted before 17:00 on Thursday, 29th February 2024 , CEST (European time), USING THE BID SUBMISSION FORM.
The timetable for the completion of the sale is then as follows:-
-Any final negotiations to be completed by 8th March.
-Contract award notification to be completed by 15th March.
-Purchase contract to be signed by 22nd March.
-Invoices to be sent out by 29th March.


The minimum total bid is $7,500 USD.

Download the sales lists here


▶   DOWNLOAD PARTS BIDDING LIST (.xlsx format)  


Wanted Items for February 2024

We also buy equipment. We are currently searching for the following items for immediate purchase. If you have used semiconductor equipment to sell, please send us details, photos and price:-

A complete 12 inch wafer fab line with building in USA or EU
Any Stylus profileometer for up to 200 mm wafers, can be manual loader
AMAT Mirra and Mira Mesa tools for refurbishment
ASM E2000 Epi Deposition
ASML PAS 5500-300 thro’ 850 DUV scanner with 200 nm resolution
ASML XT1250B or other 193 nm scanner which will work with 200 mm wafers
Axus Capstone CMP
Canon FPA5000i5+ or similar
Disco DTG8440 Taiko Grinder, 8 inch
FEI Dual-Beam FIB-Sem e.g. Sirion or Strata V400, V600
Karl Suss MA200
Hitachi Kokusai KE DD-1206VN-DF 300mm that can do dry and wet oxidation
K and S AT Premier Stud Bumping Bonder
KLA RS200 Resmap or similar
KLA ADE 9700 or similar
KLA FLX 2320
KLA SP3 preferrably in USA
FSI Mercury
Leica LMS IPRO reticle inspection system
Lintec RAD3500F/12
Meyer Burger DW2800 Series 3 Wire saw qty 10
Nikon NSR-S207D scanner
Rudolph DragonFly
Ultratech Sapphire 100

Our long experience of marketing semiconductor equipment worldwide has allowed us to develop over 10,000 industry contacts. Contact me now to learn about how we can help you sell your equipment quickly, efficiently and at a low cost through our equipment re-marketing program.

Thanks so much for your kind attention, and we look forwards to receiving your inquiries soon.

Yours sincerely,

SDI Fabsurplus Italia SRL

Stephen Howe
Company Owner

To View This Information on our special auction web page, please visit the following link:-


KLA Test Wafer for sale

Fabsurplus Used Semiconductor Equipment Update December 2023

Dear Customers and Friends,

Greetings and welcome to my Used Semiconductor Equipment Mailing for December 2023. This month, I have found a lot of very interesting equipment to offer you from my suppliers around the world.
SDI-Fabsurplus is an experienced and trusted broker of Semiconductor Equipment Worldwide, with facilities in Europe and Asia. We have the knowledge and contacts you need to quickly find the equipment or parts you want to buy. If you need to buy equipment, reply to this message now and let me know what it is you want to purchase.
We would also be keen to help you sell your unwanted and idle semiconductor and solar related capital equipment. Together, let’s give the environment a break by re-cycling and re-using advanced technical equipment. Reply to this message and send me your surplus equipment lists – I look forwards to your contact.

This month, I have 3 lists of Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment for Sale to bring to your attention as follows:

List 1: The Complete Sales List in Excel format.This includes a selection of the best and most interesting equipment that recently became available which we are brokering from factories around the world.

List 2: Equipment for Sale Owned by SDI-Fabsurplus and our partners and located at warehouses in Italy , Israel, Germany , Singapore and Malaysia. I have recently taken delivery of several new items of Automated Test Equipment. See them below in the “featured items”.

List 3: List of Spares for Sale, owned by SDI-Fabsurplus and located in Italy.

Download the sales lists here
▶   DOWNLOAD NOV 2023 OWNED SPARES LIST (.xlsx format)  

Wanted Items for December 2023

We also buy equipment. We are currently searching for the following items for immediate purchase. If you have used equipment to sell, please send us details, photos and price:-

A complete 12 inch wafer fab line with building in USA or EU
Any Stylus profileometer for up to 200 mm wafers, can be manual loader
AMAT Mirra and Mira Mesa tools for refurbishment
ASM E2000 Epi Deposition
ASML PAS 5500-300 thro’ 850 DUV scanner with 200 nm resolution
ASML XT1250B or other 193 nm scanner which will work with 200 mm wafers
Axus Capstone CMP
Canon FPA5000i5+ or similar
Disco DTG8440 Taiko Grinder, 8 inch
FEI Dual-Beam FIB-Sem e.g. Sirion or Strata V400, V600
Karl Suss MA200
Hitachi Kokusai KE DD-1206VN-DF 300mm that can do dry and wet oxidation
K and S AT Premier Stud Bumping Bonder
KLA RS200 Resmap or similar
KLA ADE 9700 or similar
KLA FLX 2320
KLA SP3 preferrably in USA
FSI Mercury
Leica LMS IPRO reticle inspection system
Lintec RAD3500F/12
Meyer Burger DW2800 Series 3 Wire saw qty 10
Nikon NSR-S207D scanner
Rudolph DragonFly
Ultratech Sapphire 100

Our long experience of marketing semiconductor equipment worldwide has allowed us to develop over 10,000 industry contacts. Contact me now to learn about how we can help you sell your equipment quickly, efficiently and at a low cost through our equipment re-marketing program.

Thanks so much for your kind attention, and we look forwards to receiving your inquiries soon.

Yours sincerely,

SDI Fabsurplus Italia SRL

Stephen Howe
Company Owner
email: info@fabsurplus.com
Mobile:(Italy) +39-335-710-7756
Skype: stephencshowe

Applied Materials Centura Advantedge DPS2 etchers and Applied Materials Centura Advantedge Carina Mesa cluster tools for sale

Some of our customers contacted us in the past with interest to buy Applied Materials 300 mm configured Centura Etch tools.

So, I’d like you to know we have three Centura etch tools for sale at this time.

They can be inspected at the warehouse, and the price is open to your best offers.

Here follows the links where you can find all details and photos of these three cluster tools.

If you are interested to buy them, please let me know by return your best offers, subject to inspection.

Applied Materials Centura AP DPS2 Advantedge Poly Etcher , 4 chamber , 300 mm for immediate sale @fabsurplus.com:-


Applied Materials Centura AP DPS2 Advantedge Poly Etcher , 4 chamber , 300 mm for immediate sale @fabsurplus.com:-


AMAT DPS2 AE Process Chamber

Yours sincerely,

SDI Fabsurplus Group

Stephen Howe
Company Owner
email: info@fabsurplus.com
Mobile (USA) : +1 830-388-1071
Mobile (Italy) : +39 335-710-7756

257 MW Solar Module Manufacturing Line for sale

Dear Customers and Friends, 

we’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of a complete 257 MW Solar Module Manufacturing line

You can look at some pictures below, and for more information, accurate details and item description, and to inquiry about the Solar Manufacturing line, 

please visit the following page: 

Solar Module Manufacturing Line for Sale at Fabsurplus.com , 

or click here to inquire right now about the 257 MW Solar Manufacturing Line