Silicon Wafer Shipments and Revenue Set New Records in 2022

09 February 2023

SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) reported all-time highs for worldwide silicon wafer shipments in 2022 in its year-end analysis.

Shipments increased 3.9% to 14,713 million square inches (MSI) while wafer revenue rose 9.5% to $13.8 billion over the same period.

Last year’s 14,713 MSI total compared to 14,165 MSI shipped in 2021 as silicon wafers supported strong demand for semiconductor devices. Consumption of both 8-inch and 12-inch wafers increased, driven in part by the automotive, industrial, and IoT segments along with the 5G buildout. Wafer revenue reached $13,831 million, surpassing the record previously set in 2021.

“The silicon wafer industry continued to advance despite mounting global macroeconomic concerns,” said Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen, Chairman of SEMI SMG and Chief Commercial Officer at Okmetic. “Silicon shipments have grown in nine out of the last 10 years, a testament to silicon’s central role in the vital semiconductor industry.”

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