SIME: Annual Silicon Shipments Hit Record High, Market Tops $10 Billion for First Time Since 2008

Revenues Improve but Remain Below 2007 Peak

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in 2018 increased 8 percent year-over-year to a record high, while 2018 worldwide silicon revenue jumped 31 percent during the same period, topping the $10 billion mark for the first time since 2008, reported the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Silicon wafer area shipments in 2018 totaled 12,732 million square inches (MSI), up from the previous market high of 11,810 million square inches shipped during 2017. Revenues totaled $11.38 billion, compared to the $8.71 billion posted in 2017.

"For the fifth year in a row, annual semiconductor silicon volume shipments reached record levels," said Neil Weaver, chairman of SEMI SMG, and Director, Product Development and Applications Engineering, at Shin-Etsu Handotai America. "Despite strong demand and the impressive gain in revenues last year, the market still remains below the market high set in 2007."

*Total Electronic Grade Silicon Slices Excluding Non-Polished Wafers. Shipments are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar applications.
*Shipments are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar applications

All data cited in this release includes polished silicon wafers, such as virgin test wafers and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped to end users.

Silicon wafers are the fundamental building material for semiconductors, which, in turn, are vital components of virtually all electronics goods, including computers, telecommunications products, and consumer electronics. The highly engineered thin, round disks are produced in various diameters – from one inch to 12 inches – and serve as the substrate material on which most semiconductor devices, or chips, are fabricated.

The Silicon Manufacturing Group (SMG) is a sub-committee of the SEMI Electronic Materials Group (EMG) and is open to SEMI members involved in manufacturing polycrystalline silicon, monocrystalline silicon or silicon wafers (e.g., as cut, polished, epi, etc.). The purpose of the group is to facilitate collective efforts on issues related to the silicon industry including the development of market information and statistics about the silicon industry and the semiconductor market.

2000 Q1  1,274 Q2    1,373 Q3    1,457 Q4    1,448
2001 Q1  1,250 Q2  988 Q3  824 Q4  878
2002 Q1  1,011 Q2  1,273 Q3  1,263 Q4  1,134
2003 Q1  1,175 Q2  1,273 Q3  1,307 Q4  1,392
2004 Q1  1,529 Q2  1,619 Q3  1,629 Q4  1,486
2005 Q1  1,465 Q2  1,606 Q3  1,748 Q4  1,826
2006 Q1  1,884 Q2  1,966 Q3  2,074 Q4  2,070
2007 Q1  2,100 Q2  2,201 Q3  2,174 Q4  2,185
2008 Q1  2,163 Q2  2,303 Q3  2,243 Q4  1,428
2009 Q1  940 Q2  1,686 Q3  1,972 Q4  2,109
2010 Q1  2,214 Q2  2,365 Q3  2,489 Q4  2,302
2011 Q1  2,287 Q2  2,393 Q3  2,354 Q4  2,009
2012 Q1  2,033 Q2  2,447 Q3  2,389 Q4  2,162
2013 Q1  2,128 Q2  2,390 Q3  2,341 Q4  2,208
2014 Q1  2,363 Q2  2,587 Q3  2,597 Q4  2,550
2015 Q1  2,637 Q2  2,702 Q3  2,591 Q4 2,504
2016 Q1 2,538 Q2  2,706 Q3 2,730 Q4 2,764
2017 Q1 2,858 Q2 2,978 Q3 2,997 Q4 2,977
2018 Q1 3,084 Q2 3,160 Q3 3,255 Q4 3,224

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