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Japanese wafer makers forecast 8 percent growth

Posted: 11 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon wafer? semiconductor? wsts? wafer production?

Silicon wafer production increased 22 percent in 2002 among Japan's leading manufacturers and is projected to increase another 8 percent this year, a committee of the manufacturers announced.

Wafer production in Japan accounts for about 70 percent of total world production, according to the eight manufacturers that make up the committee. Those companies produced 4,310 tons of wafers in 2002, and project production of 4,650 tons in 2003.

"The growth in 2002 over the previous year surpassed the growth of semiconductor [production] reported by WSTS [World Semiconductor Trade Statistics]. Wafer production always swings much larger than semiconductor production. We estimate that the big growth was due to the rebound from the deep plunge of semiconductor production in 2001. But adjustment from the bubble ended in 2002 and this year 2003 will show gentle growth," said Motoji Hiroe, executive managing director of Sumitomo Mitsubishi Silicon Corp., acting chairman of the silicon committee.

Wafer exports by the Japanese suppliers, which have been on the rise, will continue to grow, increasing 10 percent this year, according to the committee. "Japan's share of 300mm and high-performance wafers is quite high and supply of these wafers will increase," said Hiroe.

Silicon committee members are: Komatsu Electronic Metals Co. Ltd; MEMC Japan Ltd; Mitsubishi Materials Corp.; Shin-Etsu Handotai Co. Ltd; Sumitomo Mitsubishi Silicon Corp.; Toshiba Ceramics Co. Ltd; Tokuyama Corp.; and Wacker NSCE Corp.

- Yoshiko Hara

EE Times

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