Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments hit rock bottom in the first quarter of 2009, but a strong recovery was noted in each subsequent quarter of 2009, according to new figures from the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG). Shipments decreased by 18% in 2009 when compared to 2008 area shipments.
Silicon wafer area shipments in 2009 totalled 6,707 million square inches (MSI), down from the 8,137 million square inches shipped during 2008.
Revenues fell to $6.7 billion from $11.4 billion posted in 2008, a decline of 41%. However, semiconductor sales only declined 9% in 2009, according to recent figures released from the SIA, indicating a massive price erosion and inventory burn that took place in the first quarter of 2009.
"This past year was clearly a difficult time for the industry” Takashi Yamada, chairman of SEMI SMG and General Manager SUMCO. ”We are encouraged by the increase in silicon shipments over the past three quarters.”