SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the
first quarter of 2010 amid price hikes in the sector.
Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,214 million square inches during
the most recent quarter, a 5 percent increase from the 2,109 million square
inches shipped during the previous quarter, according to the SEMI Silicon
Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer
The new quarterly total area shipments are 136 percent greater than first
quarter 2009 shipments and at the highest levels since the third quarter 2008,
according to the SEMI SMG.
"This is the fourth consecutive quarter where silicon shipments have grown,”
said Takashi Yamada, chairman of SEMI SMG and general manager Sumco, in a
statement. ”While growth rates are moderate, current shipments are approaching
The SEMI SMG acts as an independent special interest group within the SEMI
structure and is open to SEMI members involved in manufacturing polycrystalline
silicon, monocrystalline silicon or silicon wafers.
As reported, prices for silicon wafers are increasing amid tight supply in
For example, one supplier, MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., said that it
raised its silicon wafer prices by the ''low single digits'' in the first
quarter. Silicon wafer capacity is also ''tight'' for both 200- and 300-mm
products, MEMC said.
The U.S.-based company will also raise its prices for silicon wafers in both
the second and third quarters by the ''low to mid-single digits.'' SEH, Sumco,
Wacker and others are also believed to be raising their silicon wafer prices.