Top 10 Probe Card Suppliers for 2016
By John West, VLSIresearch Europe
VLSIresearch recently released its report detailing the 2016 “Top 10” Suppliers of Probe Cards to the semiconductor industry. The “Top 5” suppliers, FormFactor, Micronics Japan, Technoprobe, JEM, and MPI Corp maintained their positions and gained market share. FormFactor’s dominance in the number one spot was further enhanced by its acquisition of Cascade Microtech in mid-2016. FEINMETALL, headquartered in Herrenberg, Germany made it into the top 10 for the first time.
The first half of 2016 saw slow demand for integrated circuits, but a booming second half lifted the sales of probe cards into positive territory at +0.2 percent for the year. However, flat overall sales hid the real story of 2016, in which sales for non-memory applications grew strongly by 11 percent. Unfortunately, this gain was completely offset by a fall of 17 percent for memory applications. The downward trajectory of memory affected Micronics Japan and JEM in particular, given their increased exposure in this area.
With no change in the “Top 5” from 2015 to 2016, FormFactor’s dominance of the #1 spot was further enhanced by its acquisition of Cascade Microtech in mid-2016. The acquisition also accounts for Cascade’s drop to #9 from a position of sixth in 2015. Technoprobe also continues to perform well ─ the European company has had year-on-year growth since 2010 – seven straight years of exceptional growth. The outlook for 2017 anticipates that probe cards for memory applications will recover, and for non-memory applications, continued strong growth is expected, resulting in predicted sales of $1.47 billion.
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May 9, 2017