Global 2Q2018 silicon wafer shipments up 6.1% y-o-y, says SEMI

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 31): Global silicon wafer area shipments rose 2.5% in the second quarter of 2018 to 3,160 million square inches from 3,084 million square inches the previous quarter, according to the U.S.-based Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International’s (SEMI) Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

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 most semiconductor devices, or chips, are fabricated.

In a statement on its website yesterday, SEMI said new quarterly total area shipments are 6.1% higher than second quarter 2017 shipments.

SEMI SMG chairman and Neil Weaver said the second calendar quarter of the year typically enjoys a volume increase over the first quarter.

Weaver, who is also director, Product Development and Applications Engineering of Shin Etsu Handotai America said this quarter was no exception.

“Continued solid demand is driving record wafer volume shipments,” he said.