Record wafer shipments

Reaching their highest recorded quarterly level ever, worldwide silicon wafer area shipments jumped to 3,084 million square inches during Q1, a 3.6% increase over Q4 area shipments of 2,977 million square inches and a 7.9% rise over first quarter 2017 shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

“Global silicon wafer shipment volumes started the year at historic levels,” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and Director, Product Development and Applications Engineering of Shin-Etsu Handotai America.

“As a result, silicon shipments, like device shipments, are positioned to be strong this year.”

Silicon* Area Shipment Trends

Millions of Square Inches
1Q 2017 2Q 2017 3Q 2017 4Q 2017 1Q 2018
Total 2,858 2,978 2,997 2,977 3,084

Source: SEMI, May 2018

*Semiconductor applications only

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