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Silicon wafer revenues increase by 8%

Posted: 20 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon wafer area? revenue? SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group?

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased by 6% in 2005 when compared to 2004 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Revenues also grew by 8 percent in 2005 compared to the previous year.

Silicon wafer area shipments in 2005 totaled 4,287 billion mm2 up from the 4,039 billion mm2 shipped during 2004. Revenues grew to $7.9 billion from $7.3 billion posted in 2004. Fourth quarter silicon area shipments increased by 4 percent from the prior quarter and were 23 percent above the fourth quarter 2004 shipments.

"2005 was a record year for wafer shipments and revenues, with strong growth observed throughout the second half of the year," said Reijirou Mori, chairman of SEMI SMG. "Heading into 2006, wafer suppliers face many challenges between tight raw material supply, rising energy costs and potential supply constraints; a situation heightened by the recent demand of 200mm wafers exceeding current capacity."

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