Semicon West is right around the corner. It will be returning to the Moscone Center in San Francisco this coming July 12th to the 14th. This conference has always been the premier annual event for chip makers and equipment manufacturers alike.
This year’s event will have keynote discussions on shaping a more resilient supply chain to address the international chip shortage that has caused production stoppages across all industries.
Despite the infamous delays and disruptions, the semiconductor industry as a whole has plenty to be optimistic about. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) recently announced global semiconductor industry sales were up 21.1% at $50.9 billion in April 2022 compared to April 2021’s total of $42 billion.
“Global semiconductor sales have increased by more than 20% on a year-to-year basis for 13 consecutive months, indicating consistently high and growing demand for semiconductors across a range of critical sectors,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “High global chip demand will necessitate more semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing in the years ahead.”
Current re-shoring efforts that have been taking place over the last 2 years include:
- “Intel is building a 1,000 acre, $20 billion fabs near Columbus, Ohio”
- “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, announced in May 2020 that it would build a $12 billion factory in Arizona”
- “Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) announced in November 2021 to begin construction on its new 300-millimeter semiconductor wafer fab in Sherman, Texas”
- “Samsung Electronics announced it would build a new $17-billion semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas”
With new fabs comes a higher demand for semiconductor processing equipment. Precedence Research reported that the global semiconductor manufacturing equipment market size was valued at $72.69 billion in 2021. It is projected to hit $141.6 billion by 2030 with an annual growth rate of 7.69% from 2022 to 2030. Driving the growth are the global demands for the following equipment:
- The photolithography equipment market was worth $11.6 billion in 2020 with a projected growth of $18 billion by 2025
- The physical vapor deposition market was worth $23.56 billion in 2021 with a projected growth of $40.97 billion in 2028
- The plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition market is expected to grow from $24.2 billion in 2022 to $43 billion by 2032
- The semiconductor etch equipment market was worth $9.61 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $18.39 billion by 2027
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