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Global semiconductor materials market contracted 19% in 2009

18 March 2010 | By Mark Osborne | News > Materials and Gases

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Semiconductor materials market revenues totalled US$34.6 billion globally in 2009, while total wafer fabrication materials and packaging materials were US$17.9 billion and US$16.8 billion, respectively. Silicon revenues contributed to the year-over-year decline in the wafer fabrication materials market.

On a regional basis, Japan remains the largest consumer of semiconductor materials with a 22% share due to its large wafer fab and advanced packaging base.

All regional markets experienced double-digit declines with the exception of China, which contracted about 9%, SEMI noted. Increases in gold metal pricing helped to offset declines in regions with strong packaging bases.

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