Wafer shipments decline sharply in 2001

Annual world-wide silicon wafer area shipments declined by 29% and silicon industry revenues declined by 31% in 2001 according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.

Annual world-wide silicon wafer area shipments declined by 29% and silicon industry revenues declined by 31% in 2001 according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Silicon wafer area shipments in 2001 totalled 3,940 million square inches (MSI), down from the 5,551 million square inches shipped during 2000.

Revenues dropped to $5.2 billion from $7.5 billion posted in 2000. Fourth quarter silicon area shipments grew nearly 7% from the prior quarter, but at 878 MSI, were still more than 39% below the fourth quarter of 2000.

‘Silicon area shipments last year declined to the lowest annual level since 1998,’ said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI.

‘The silicon industry experienced considerable consolidation and capacity reduction last year, and most new investment was made in the area of 300 mm wafers,’ he added.

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