SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 8.82 billion in the third quarter of 2014. The billings figure is 8% lower than the second quarter of 2014 and 15% higher than the same quarter a year ago. The data is gathered jointly with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from over 100 global equipment companies. Worldwide semiconductor equipment bookings were $9.32 billion in the third quarter of 2014. The figure is 4% higher than the same quarter a year ago and 6% lower than the bookings figure for the second quarter of 2014.