SAN FRANCISCO—Sales of semiconductor materials grew by 2.4 percent in 2016 compared with 2015, according to the SEMI trade organization.
Wafer fabrication materials revenue increased 3.1 percent to reach $24.7 billion last year, while the packaging materials revenue increased 1.4 percent to $19.6 billion, according to SEMI, which represents semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers worldwide.
Taiwan was the largest consumer of semiconductor materials for the seventh consecutive year, owing largely to its foundry and packaging activity, SEMI said. Taiwan consumed a total of $9.8 billion worth of semiconductor materials, SEMI said.
South Korea and Japan maintained their positions as the second and third largest semiconductor materials consumers last year, SEMI said, while China rose in the rankings to claim the fourth spot.
—Dylan McGrath covers the semiconductor industry and business news for EE Times.