2Q2016 silicon wafer shipments increase q-o-q; set a new record, says SEMI

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 27): Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2016 when compared to first quarter 2016 area shipments, according to the US-based Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)’s Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

In a statement on its website yesterday, SEMI said total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,706 million square inches during the most recent quarter, a 6.6% increase from the 2,538 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter.

It said new quarterly total area shipments are 0.1% higher than second quarter 2015 shipments and are at their highest recorded quarterly level.

"Silicon shipment growth continues to gain momentum resulting in a quarterly volume shipment high,” said Dr. Volker Braetsch, chairman SEMI SMG and senior vice president of Siltronic AG.

“Although year-to-date shipments are effectively flat relative to the same period as last year,” said Braetsch.