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Silicon wafers see growth through '08

Posted: 12 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Worldwide silicon wafer shipments are expected to grow over the next few years after flat sales in 2005.

Silicon wafer shipments are expected to increase by a mere 2 percent in 2005 over 2004, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) consensus forecast on Monday (October 10).

Total wafer shipments are expected to increase by about 7 percent in 2006, 5.8 percent in 2007 and by 11 percent in 2008. The consensus forecast, obtained through surveying SMG members, provides a silicon wafer shipment outlook for 2005 through 2008.

Silicon wafer shipments are expected to reach 6,385 million square inches in 2005, 6,862 million square inches in 2006, 7,287 million square inches in 2007, and 8,192 million square inches in 2008, according to the forecast.

"While 2004 was a record year for silicon shipments, volumes decreased significantly in the fourth quarter of last year. Now, we are seeing a recovery from that slowdown and we expect to see incremental year-on-year growth continuing to 2007, with anticipated growth in 2008 reaching double digits," said Makoto Tsukada, chairman SEMI SMG and general manager of Shin-Etsu Handotai Co. Ltd, in a statement.

"This strong growth will be driven by 300mm, which by 2006 could represent 25 percent of total volume of silicon shipments," he said.

- Mark LaPedus

EE Times

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