Shipments up, revenues down for wafer suppliers

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 3% in 2015 compared to 2014, while revenue from the sale of wafers declined 6%, reports SEMI.

Shipments up, revenues down for wafer suppliers

Silicon wafer area shipments in 2015 totalled 10,434 million square inches (MSI), up from the previous market high of 10,098 million square inches shipped during 2014.

Revenues totalled $7.2 billion down from $7.6 billion in 2014.

“Semiconductor silicon shipment levels remained strong throughout most of the year, resulting in record volume shipments,” says Dr. Volker Braetsch, chairman SEMI’s  Silicon Manufacturers Group and senior vice oresident of Siltronic, ”the strength in shipments was not enough to compensate headwinds from further price decline and some exchange rate impact; silicon revenues for the year decreased yet again and are significantly below their market high set in 2007.”

Area – Silicon Wafer Shipments 2007 – 2015 (MSI):

2007 – 8,661, 2008 – 8,137, 2009 – 6,707, 2010 – 9,370, 2011 – 9,043, 2012 – 9,031, 2013 – 9,067, 2014 – 10,098, 2015 – 10,434

Revenues – Silicon Wafer Sales 2007 – 2015 ($bn):

2007 – 12.1, 2008 – 11.4, 2009,- 6.7, 2010.- 9.7, 2011 – 9.9, 2012 – 8.7, 2013 – 7.5, 2014 – 7.6, 2015 – 7.2.

All data includes polished silicon wafers, including virgin test wafers and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped by the wafer manufacturers to the end-users.

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