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© Analysis | January 31, 2019

Annual silicon shipments hit record high, market exceeds $10B

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in 2018 increased 8% YoY to a record high, while 2018 worldwide silicon revenue jumped 31% during the same period, topping the USD 10 billion mark for the first time since 2008, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG).
Silicon wafer area shipments in 2018 totaled 12,732 million square inches (MSI), up from the previous market high of 11,810 million square inches shipped during 2017. Revenues totaled USD 11.38 billion, compared to the USD 8.71 billion posted in 2017. "For the fifth year in a row, annual semiconductor silicon volume shipments reached record levels,” said Neil Weaver, chairman of SEMI SMG, and Director, Product Development and Applications Engineering, at Shin-Etsu Handotai America. "Despite strong demand and the impressive gain in revenues last year, the market still remains below the market high set in 2007." Annual Silicon* Industry Trends
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018 Area Shipments (MSI)8,6618,1376,7079,3709,0439,0319,06710,09810,43410,73811,81012,732 Revenues ($B)12.111.46.79.79.98.77.57.67.27.28.711.4
*Total Electronic Grade Silicon Slices Excluding Non-Polished Wafers. Shipments are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar applications.*Shipments are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar applications All data cited includes polished silicon wafers, such as virgin test wafers and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped to end users.
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