Silicon Wafer Prices Increase Twenty Percent

Share Article

Silicon Wafer Prices Increase Twenty Percent

TECHCET—the advisory services firm providing electronic materials information— announced that limited supplies of both 200mm- and 300mm-diameter silicon wafers caused greater than 20% year-over-year (YoY) price increases by the end of 2017. Such price increases have not been seen in the last decade, and are forecasted to continue at similar levels through at least the first half of 2018, as detailed in the latest update from TECHCET's Critical Materials Report (CMR) on Silicon Wafers, recently presented to the Critical Materials Council (CMC).

"While wafer price increases result in cost increases for semiconductor device fabrication, they represent a long-term positive for the health of the supply-chain," explained Michel Walden, TECHCET senior analyst and author of the report. "Wafer price declines over the last few years had prevented silicon suppliers from investing in needed capacity expansions. With a turnaround in prices, some of the top-five suppliers have announced capacity expansions that should improve the supply-demand balance, but we see continuing concern for the next two to three years."

TECHCET's proprietary wafer-demand forecast predicts a deficit in supply through the year 2020 and possibly into 2021. The cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of demand for all silicon wafers in millions of square inches (MSI) is forecasted at >3% over the period from 2017 through 2021. Growth in automotive and IOT applications is driving solid recovery in demand for 200mm-diameter silicon wafers, while consumer electronics growth continues to pull consumption of 300mm silicon.

Suppliers covered in this report include:  Ferrotec, GlobalWafers/SunEdison, Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC), National Silicon Industry Group (NSIG) of China, Okmetic Ojy, Shin Etsu Hondotai (SEH), Siltronic, SK Siltron, SUMCO, Wacker Chemie AG, and Wafer Works.

Purchase Reports Here:

ABOUT TECHCET:  TECHCET CA LLC is an advisory service firm focused on process materials supply-chains, electronic materials technology, and materials market analysis for the semiconductor, display, solar/PV, and LED industries. Since 2000, the company has been responsible for producing the SEMATECH Critical Material Reports, covering silicon wafers, semiconductor gases, wet chemicals, CMP consumables, Photoresists, and ALD/CVD Precursors. For additional information about these reports or CMC Fabs membership please contact Diane Scott at  +1-480-332-8336, or go to or

Media Contact: Lita Shon-Roy, TECHCET CA LLC, 1-480-382-8336,

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach:



Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print