The Semiconductor materials market revenues totalled US$43.55 billion in 2010, up 25% compared to 2009, according to the latest report for SEMI. Record device shipments were achieved, surpassing the previous high of US$42.67 billion set in 2007.
According to the report, total wafer fabrication materials and packaging materials reached US$22.93 billion and US$20.63 billion, respectively.
In 2009 wafer fabrication materials sales reached US$17.75 billion, while packaging materials reached US$17.09 billion. Significant increases in silicon and advanced packaging substrates revenues contributed to the year-over-year growth of the total semiconductor materials market.
On a regional basis, Japan remains the largest consumer of semiconductor materials with US$9.20 billion in total sales.
However, Taiwan market reached US$9.11 billion due to its large foundry and advanced packaging base. The report noted that all regional markets experienced double-digit growth.
Rising gold metal prices propelled revenues in regions with strong packaging bases. (The ROW region is defined as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, other areas of Southeast Asia and smaller global markets).