Semiconductor Value Chain

SEMI: 2012 Global Semiconductor Materials Sales Decreased

09 April 2013

The global semiconductor materials market decreased in 2012 for the first time in three years to $47.11 billion was down 2 percent from 2011, according to the SEMI trade association.

Total wafer fabrication materials and packaging materials were $23.38 billion and $23.74 billion, respectively. Comparable revenue for these segments in 2011 was $24.22 billion for wafer fabrication materials and $23.62 billion for packaging materials.

For the first time, in 2012, packaging materials revenue exceeded wafer fabrication materials revenue, the organization said. A substantial decline in silicon revenue contributed to the year-over-year decrease to the total semiconductor materials market.

For the third year in a row, Taiwan is the largest consumer of semiconductor materials with record spending of $10.32 billion due to its large foundry and advanced packaging base. Materials markets in China and South Korea also experienced increases in 2012, benefiting from strength in packaging materials. The materials market in Japan contracted 7 percent, with markets also contracting in Europe, North America and Rest of World. The ROW region is defined as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets.

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