Fabricated silicon parts hit 200% growth on semiconductor, LED equipment bounceback

September 12, 2011 — Fabricated silicon parts for semiconductor and light emitting diode (LED) equipment use made up a $310 million market in 2010, according to the Techcet Group’s new report "Silicon Fabricated Parts for Semiconductor and LED Applications 2011," a Techcet Group Critical Materials Report. The 200% jump from a woeful 2009 will continue with 10-15% additional growth in 2011. By 2014, the market will reach $412 million.

These parts are used for contacting the wafer during processing, with an ideal coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) that minimizes contamination on the product wafer.

Silicon fabricators sold about two-thirds of the 2010 product directly to end users. The remaining one-third of 2010 revenues came from OEM sales. Over 85% of the parts are used in Lam, TEL and Applied Materials equipment for semiconductor manufacturing, while Aixtron and Veeco drive more than 95% of the LED market.

While semiconductors remain the majority market, more than 20% of 2010 silicon parts sales went to LED applications, primarily for metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) equipment.  

The report offers market analysis, supply chain issues, technical trends, and profiles of three silicon suppliers and fifteen silicon parts fabricators that support semiconductor and LED manufacturing equipment. OEM and fab parts manufactured from quartz, silicon carbide and ceramics are each covered in separate reports from Techcet Group.

Techcet Group, LLC specializes in technical trend analysis and market analysis for the semiconductor, silicon, PV and related electronics industries. Learn more at www.techcet.com.

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