Silicon Reclaim Wafer Characterization Report

SEMI® Silicon Wafer Reclaim Market Characterization Summary (Report)  

A report covering market trends, pricing, and forecast for the Silicon Wafer Reclaim Market

Publication Date: March 2016 
Principle Analyst: Lara Chamness, SEMI
Number of Pages: 24
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This analysis covers the 2015 silicon wafer reclaim for the semiconductor market and provides a forecast to 2017. Reclaim is defined as the removal of several microns of the silicon wafer and subsequent re-polishing of the wafer surface.

Seven regions of the world are covered in this report including North America, Japan, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, China, and Rest of World (ROW). All market size estimates reflect U.S. dollars at current exchange rates. Market estimates for reclaim wafers include semiconductor applications including equipment and IC manufacturing markets.

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Table of Contents

  • Background
  • Methodology
  • Overview
  • Technology Trends
  • Demand Trends
  • Supply Trends
  • Pricing Trends
  • Market Summary and Outlook
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices

List of Tables/Figures

  • Table 1 – List of Reclaim Wafer Suppliers Contacted for Reclaim Characterization by Headquarter Region
  • Table 2 – 2015 Reclaim Wafer Supplier Sites by Region
  • Table 3 - Portion of the Domestic Market Served by Domestic HQ Suppliers (2008 - 2015)
  • Table 4 – Portion of Non-Japan Market Served by Japan-Headquartered Suppliers (2008-2015)
  • Table 5 – Supplier Capability
  • Table 6 – Annual Reclaim Capacity Trends for 200 mm, 300 mm and 450 mm Wafers
  • Table 7 – Summary of Survey Respondents Answers Regarding Investments for Advanced 450 mm Inspection Equipment  
  • Table 8 – Aggregate Average Selling Price Trends of 300 mm and 450 mm Reclaim Wafers
  • Table 9 - Relative Price Pressure on 200 mm and 300 mm Reclaimed Wafers by Region:  2015 Compared to 2014
  • Figure 1 – Worldwide Wafer Area Shipment Index
  • Figure 2 – Comparison of Bulk Silicon and Reclaim Growth Rates
  • Figure 3 – 200 mm Fab Count and Capacity
  • Figure 4 – Survey Respondents Answers to “What are the biggest factors impacting demand of reclaim wafers?”
  • Figure 5 – Japanese Yen Versus US Dollar (2008-2015)
  • Figure 6 – Comparison of Worldwide Wafer Reclaim Market Share by Headquarter Region 2015/2014
  • Figure 7 - 200 mm Reclaim Capacity by Headquarter Region 2013-2015 
  • Figure 8 - 300 mm Reclaim Capacity by Headquarter Region 2013-2015 
  • Figure 9 - Aggregate Average Selling Price of Reclaim Wafers by Diameter 100 mm - 200 mm
  • Figure 10 – Relative Average Pricing by Region for 200 mm and 300 mm Wafers in 2015
  • Figure 11 – Survey Respondents Answers to “What are the largest variables impacting pricing of reclaim wafers?”
  • Figure 12 - Worldwide Silicon Wafer Reclaim Market Distribution by Diameter (millions of U.S. dollars) 
  • Figure 13 - 2010 and 2015 Worldwide Silicon Wafer Reclaim Market Distribution by Diameter (millions of wafers) 
  • Figure 14 – 2001-2017F Worldwide Silicon Wafer Reclaim Market Shipments by Diameter (millions of Wafers)
  • Figure 15 – 2015 Worldwide Silicon Wafer Reclaim market Distribution by Region (millions of dollars) 
  • Figure 16 – Worldwide Silicon Wafer Reclaim Market Distribution by Region (millions of wafers)
  • Figure 17 - Reclaim Wafer Shipments as a Percentage of Bulk Silicon Market Forecast 
  • Figure 18 - Global Reclaim Wafer Revenue Forecast 
  • Figure 19 - Global Reclaim Wafer Forecast by Diameter (millions of wafers)
  • Figure 20 - Global Reclaim Wafer Forecast and Aggregate Selling Price 


  • List of Silicon Reclaim Wafer Suppliers by Headquarter Region in 2016
  • List of Reclaim Companies’ Web Sites
  • Summary of Reclaim Articles/Press Releases Published in 2015, early 2016
  • Worldwide Merchant Reclaim Wafer Market 2007-2017F
  • Copy of questionnaire


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Two methodologies were used in the development of this information. First, major suppliers were interviewed and contacted for the purpose of this analysis. A questionnaire, which summarizes all of the desired information, was developed and sent to all of the suppliers. Of the companies contacted, 17 responded representing 94 percent of the 2015 market by revenue. 

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