SEMI Announces Silicon Wafer Shipment Forecast

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SEMI Announces Silicon Wafer Shipment Forecast

Wafer Shipments Forecast to Increase 39 Percent in 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 6, 2010 – SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2010 – 2012. The results show polished silicon shipments totaling 9,142 million square inches in 2010, 9,702 million square inches in 2011, and 10,168 million square inches in 2012 (please refer to below table). Total wafer shipments are expected to surpass the high set in 2007 and continue to increase for the next two years.

"Silicon shipments reflect the tremendous recovery experienced by the semiconductor industry this year.” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “While current data suggest that growth rates are moderating, we expect that the industry will continue to be positive for the next two years.”

2010 Silicon Forecast

Total Electronic Grade Silicon Slices – Does not Include Non-Polished

(Millions of Square Inches)
















Annual Growth






Source: SEMI, October 2010

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 more than 95 percent of today’s semiconductor devices or "chips" are fabricated.

All data cited in this release are inclusive of polished silicon wafers, including virgin test wafers, and epitaxial silicon wafers shipped by wafer manufacturers to semiconductor end-users.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Association Contacts:

Dan Tracy/SEMI

Tel: 1.408.943.7987


Deborah Geiger/SEMI

Tel: 1.408.943.7988


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