Silicon Wafer Shipments Reach Record Levels in 2010

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Silicon Wafer Shipments Reach Record Levels in 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif. — February 8, 2011 — Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased by 40 percent in 2010 when compared to 2009 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Revenues also improved by 45 percent in 2010 compared to 2009.

Silicon wafer area shipments in 2010 totaled 9,370 million square inches (MSI), up from the 6,707 million square inches shipped during 2009. Revenues reached $9.7 billion up from $6.7 billion posted in 2009. "2010 was clearly a very strong recovery year for the semiconductor industry, resulting in a 40 percent area growth in wafer demand.” said Dr. Volker Braetsch, chairman of SEMI SMG and corporate vice president of Siltronic AG. ”Given current market forecasts, we are expecting solid demand for silicon wafers in 2011, although at a much more modest post-recovery rate.”

Annual Silicon* Industry Trends

Worldwide Silicon Data







Area Shipments (MSI)







Revenues ($B)







*Shipments are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar applications

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.

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

The Silicon Manufacturers Group acts as an independent special interest group within the SEMI structure 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.

About SEMI

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 Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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