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1Q18 silicon wafer shipments increase QoQ to record levels

Reaching their highest recorded quarterly level ever, worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 3.6% over the forth quarter of 2017, says SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG).
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments jumped to 3’084 million square inches during the first quarter 2018, a 3.6% increase over fourth quarter 2017 area shipments of 2’977 million square inches and a 7.9% rise over first quarter 2017 shipments, a press release reads.

"Global silicon wafer shipment volumes started the year at historic levels,” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and Director, Product Development and Applications Engineering of Shin-Etsu Handotai America. “As a result, silicon shipments, like device shipments, are positioned to be strong this year.”

Silicon* Area Shipment TrendsMillions of Square Inches
1Q 20172Q 20173Q 20174Q 20171Q 2018
Total2,8582,9752,9972,9973,084
*Semiconductor applications only

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