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Annual semiconductor sales hit highest mark since 2008

The SEMI Silicon Manufacturing Group (SMG) reported silicon wafer sales went over the $10 billion mark for the first time since 2008.
January 31, 2019

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in 2018 increased 8% year-over-year to a record high. Also, 2018 worldwide silicon revenue jumped 31% 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.

“For the fifth year in a row, annual semiconductor silicon volume shipments reached record levels,” said Neil Weaver, chairman of SEMI SMG. “Despite strong demand and the impressive gain in revenues last year, the market still remains below the market high set in 2007.”

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

Annual Silicon Industry Trends

2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
Area Shipments (MSI)
8,661
8,137
6,707
9,370
9,043
9,031
9,067
10,098
10,434
10,738
11,810
12,732
Revenues ($B)
12.1
11.4
6.7
9.7
9.9
8.7
7.5
7.6
7.2
7.2
8.7
11.4

Source: SEMI (www.semi.org), January 2019

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 engineered thin, round disks are produced in various diameters from 1 to 12-in. and serve as the substrate material on which most semiconductor devices, or chips, are fabricated.

SEMI Silicon Manufacturing Group (SMG)

www.semi.org

– Edited from a SEMI Silicon Manufacturing Group press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering industrial PC stories.

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