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Japan's chipmaking gear makers thrive on brisk demand

Hitachi Kokusai's April-September net profit surges 360%

Growing demand for semiconductors is buoying sales of chipmaking and testing equipment.

TOKYO -- Hitachi Kokusai Electric and other Japanese makers of semiconductor manufacturing and testing equipment are savoring robust earnings on the back of rising demand for chips used in data centers.

Hitachi Kokusai said Wednesday its net profit for the April-September half soared 360% on the year to 10.5 billion yen ($92.3 million), as its film-forming equipment for wafers fared well. The company has already upgraded its net profit projection for the full year through March to 19.9 billion yen, nearly triple on the year.

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