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Semiconductor materials market to grow 11 percent in 2008

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SEMISEMI’s latest materials forecast is for more than an 11 percent rise in 2008, over the $42 billion in revenue achieved in 2007, despite the slowdown in capital spending and overall semiconductor industry growth expected in single digits for the year.

 "As the semiconductor companies continue to ship record amounts of units, demand for materials is increasing as well,” said Dan Tracy, senior director of Industry Research and Statistics at SEMI. "Heightened demand in addition to the tight supply for various gases, silicon, and the widespread adoption of advanced packaging technologies are resulting in very strong revenue growth for semiconductor materials suppliers.”

Japan controlled 22 percent of semiconductor materials consumption with its large number of operating facilities. Taiwan was second for the fourth year in a row. The Rest of World region (ROW), which aggregates Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets claims the third largest materials market due to packaging materials. China is growing at the fastest rate though is historically from a smaller base than other regions.


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