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Silicon wafer shipments set new quarterly record

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2018, surpassing record second quarter 2018 area shipments to set another all-time high, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Total silicon wafer area shipments reached 3,255 million square inches during the most recent quarter, a 3.0 percent rise from the 3,164 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter.

New quarterly total area shipments clocked in 8.6 percent higher than third quarter 2017 shipments. 

Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and director, product development and applications engineering of Shin Etsu Handotai America, says: “Silicon shipment volumes remained at record levels during the third quarter.

“Silicon shipments are mirroring this year’s strong semiconductor unit growth in support of a growing and diversified electronics market during our stable economy.”