Global silicon wafer shipments to hit record high in 2022, says SEMI

Global silicon wafer shipments to hit record high in 2022, says SEMI
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 15): Global silicon wafer shipments are set to increase 2.4% year-on-year in 2020, with growth continuing in 2021 and shipments reaching a record high in 2022, according to the U.S.-based Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI).

SEMI released its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor 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.

SEMI director of Industry Research and Statistics Clark Tseng said silicon wafer shipments are recovering this year despite pressure from geopolitical tensions, the shifting global semiconductor supply chain and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the pandemic accelerating digitization to transform businesses and their delivery of services worldwide, we expect continued growth over the next two years,” said Tseng.