N. America, Europe turn SMT tables.
"The positive market development at the start of 2011 slowed worldwide over the course of the year. However, we expect that we will be able to put this cyclical decline behind us by the middle of 2012," said Stephanie Pepersack, Siplace head of market intelligence.
Moreover, the global market shifted to more advanced placement equipment: In 2011, over three of every four placement machines shipped fell into the high-end category, while the market for low-end machines declined, Siplace indicated.
EDITED BY CHELSEY DRYSDALE