As semiconductor restocking took place across many of the major IC markets in the second quarter of 2009, silicon wafer shipments rebounded strongly from the significantly low levels set in the previous quarter. According to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG), silicon wafer area shipments were 1,686 million square inches, a 79% increase from the 940 million square inches shipped in Q109.
"Silicon wafer shipments recovered sharply from the low levels reported in the first quarter, though remain well below last year’s shipments,” said Nobuo Katsuoka, chairman of SEMI SMG and Director, SOI process Engineering Department for Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd. “The recovery in wafer shipments is inline with general trends reported elsewhere in the semiconductor industry.”
Entering the busiest quarter for the year, shipments could be expected to make further increases. However, as shipments recovered in Q2, they were still 27% below the same level set in the same quarter a year-ago.