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Silicon wafer shipments, revenues decline in 2001, SEMI reports

Posted: 14 Feb 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon wafer? semiconductor equipment and materials? semi?

In its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Int. (SEMI) reports that annual worldwide silicon wafer area shipments have declined by 29 percent and silicon industry revenues are down by 31 percent in 2001.

SEMI notes that silicon wafer area shipments in 2001 totaled 3,940 million square inches, down from the 5,551 million square inches shipped during 2000. Revenues dropped to $5.2 billion from the $7.5 billion posted in 2000. Fourth quarter silicon area shipments grew nearly 7 percent from the prior quarter, but at 878 MSI were still more than 39 percent below the fourth quarter of 2000.

"Silicon area shipments last year declined to the lowest annual level since 1998," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The silicon industry experienced considerable consolidation and capacity reduction last year, and most new investment was made in the area of 300mm wafers. Concern remains regarding the silicon industry's ability to support 200mm and smaller diameter wafer demands as we face the inevitable upturn."





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