Silicon Manufacturers Group Announces Silicon Wafer Shipment Consensus Forecast


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SEMI SILICON MANUFACTURERS GROUP ANNOUNCES SILICON WAFER SHIPMENT CONSENSUS FORECAST

Wafer Shipments Forecast to Grow Two Percent in 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 10, 2005 – The leading suppliers of silicon wafers forecast year-end wafer shipments for 2005 to be two percent higher than 2004 shipments. According to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) Consensus Forecast, total wafer shipments will increase by about seven percent in 2006. The Consensus Forecast, obtained through surveying SMG members, provides a silicon wafer shipment outlook for 2005 through 2008.

The survey results forecast silicon shipments to reach 6,385 million square inches in 2005, 6,862 million square inches in 2006, 7,287 million square inches in 2007, and 8,192 million square inches in 2008.

"While 2004 was a record year for silicon shipments, volumes decreased significantly in the fourth quarter of last year. Now, we are seeing a recovery from that slowdown and we expect to see incremental year-on-year growth continuing to 2007, with anticipated growth in 2008 reaching double digits," said Makoto Tsukada, chairman SEMI SMG and general manager of Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd. “This strong growth will be driven by 300 mm, which by 2006 could represent 25 percent of total volume of silicon shipments."

2005 Consensus Forecast
Total Electronic Grade Silicon Slices
(Millions of Square Inches)

 

Actual

Forecast

Forecast

Forecast

Forecast

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

MSI

6,262

6,385

6,862

7,287

8,192

Annual
Growth

22%

2%

7%

6%

12%

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 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 all SEMI members involved in manufacturing polycrystalline silicon, monocrystalline silicon or silicon wafers (e.g., as cut, polished, epi, etc.) not including reclaimed wafers. The purpose of the group is to facilitate collective efforts on issues related to the silicon industry including the acquisition of market information and statistics about the silicon industry and the semiconductor market.

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Jonathan Davis/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.6937
E-mail: jdavis@semi.org

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.7987
E-mail: dtracy@semi.org