SEMI Announces Silicon Wafer Shipment Forecast

Wafer Shipments Forecast to Remain Flat in 2011 and Increase in 2012 and 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 11, 2011 – SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2011–2013. The results show polished and epitaxial silicon shipments totaling 9,131 million square inches in 2011, 9,529 million square inches in 2012, and 9,995 million square inches in 2013 (please refer to below table). Total wafer shipments are expected to nudge past the high set last year and continue to increase at modest levels over the next two years.

"Given the tremendous shipment momentum established during the first part of the year total 2011 shipments are expected to remain at record levels.” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “While short-term softening is being experienced, growth expectations for the next two years remain positive.”

2011 Silicon Forecast

Total Electronic Grade Silicon Slices – Does not Include Non-Polished
(Millions of Square Inches)

 

Actual

Forecast

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

MSI

6,554

9,121

9,131

9,529

9,995

Annual Growth

-17%

39%

0%

4%

5%

Source: SEMI, October 2011

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 wafer manufacturers to semiconductor end-users.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronic manufacturing supply chains. 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 www.semi.org.

Association Contacts

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7987
E-mail: dtracy@semi.org

Deborah Geiger/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7988
E-mail: dgeiger@semi.org

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