Silicon Wafer Shipments to Increase 23 Percent in 2010


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SILICON WAFER SHIPMENTS TO INCREASE

23 PERCENT IN 2010

SEMI Announces Silicon Wafer Shipment Forecast

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 13, 2009 – Silicon wafer shipments to the global semiconductor industry will increase 23 percent in 2010 compared to total shipments in 2009, according to the annual silicon wafer shipment forecast announced today by SEMI. The global industry association's forecast includes the outlook for the period 2009-2011 and expects shipments to decline approximately 20 percent in 2009 to 6,331 million square inches (MSI), followed by subsequent annual increases of 23 percent in 2010 and 10 percent in 2011.

"Sales of silicon wafers for the manufacturing of semiconductor devices will rebound from the low point this year," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Within the next two years, silicon shipments will exceed the levels seen before the recent global financial crisis and semiconductor industry downturn. Shipments are forecasted to reach new record annual levels by 2011."

2009 Silicon Forecast

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

(Millions of Square Inches)

 

Actual

Forecast

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

MSI

8,407

7,882

6,331

7,759

8,537

Annual Growth

9%

-6%

-20%

23%

10%

Source: SEMI, October 2009

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 the wafer manufacturers to the 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, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

Association Contacts

Dan Tracy/SEMI

Tel: 1.408.943.7987

E-mail: dtracy@semi.org

Steve Buehler/SEMI

Tel: 1.408.943.7049

E-mail: sbuehler@semi.org