Just 3 chip manufacturers - Intel (INTC
), Samsung (SSNLF.PK
), and TSMC (TSM
) - will account for 57%
of 2013 chip industry capex, estimates IC insights. That figure, up from 2012's 54%, drives home the extent chip equipment maker fortunes now hinge on the spending plans of a handful of firms, and also the big lead the industry giants have opened up in economies of scale relative to smaller rivals. IC Insights expects total industry capex to grow 2% this year to $59.8B, after falling 11% last year.