Another record quarter for silicon wafer shipments

Another record quarter for silicon wafer shipments

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By Nick Flaherty

Worldwide silicon wafer shipments reached a new record of 3,741 million square inches (MSI) in the third quarter of 2022 according to the latest figures from Semi.

This is an increase of 1.0% quarter-over-quarter and growing 2.5% from the 3,649 MSI recorded during the same quarter last year, itself a record quarter.

“While the semiconductor industry has faced macroeconomic headwinds, the silicon industry continues to show quarter-over-quarter shipment increases,” said Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen, Chairman of the Semi Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) and Chief Commercial Officer at Okmetic in Finland, the seventh largest wafer supplier. “As the role of silicon wafers is fundamental in the broader cyclical industry, we remain confident in long-term growth,” she said.

The availability of wafers is a key factor for the growth of the semiconductor industry, and manufacturers have been announcing additional capacity, including capacity in Europe to secure local supplies.

Silicon Area Shipment Trends – Semiconductor Applications Only 


Millions of Square Inches


2Q 2021

3Q 2021

4Q 2021

1Q 2022

2Q 2022

3Q 2022








Source: SEMI (, October 2022

The data covers polished silicon wafers such as virgin test and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped to end users.

The SMG is a sub-committee of the Semi Electronic Materials Group (EMG) and is open to Semi members involved in manufacturing polycrystalline silicon, monocrystalline silicon or silicon wafers (e.g., as cut, polished, epi). The SMG facilitates collective efforts on issues related to the silicon industry including the development of market information and statistics about the silicon industry and the semiconductor market.

For more information, visit SEMI Worldwide Silicon Wafer Shipment Statistics.

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