ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Wet Chemicals for Semiconductor Device Processing 2014”. According to this report, the 2013 market for semiconductor wet chemicals (acids, bases and solvents) totaled $990M, up 2% over 2012. The 2014 outlook is for 4% additional growth to $1.03B. The semiconductor wet chemicals market is expected to grow to $1.29B by 2018. Current growth in wet chemicals revenue tracks the increase in wafer starts and further boosted by price increases driven by higher raw materials costs.
As <32nm nodes move toward volume production, there is a continuing trend toward the use of more dilute chemistries and smaller chemical volumes per process step. “Overall process cost reduction and a smaller environmental footprint combine to drive this trend”, said Lita Shon-Roy from Techcet Research Group . “The continuing shrinkage of device features is also driving the reinvestigation of alternative process technologies such as leading edge vapor cleaning technology using oxidants”.
The global market is distributed among seven major players with 5% share or greater, led by BASF and Kanto in the first tier. There are, however, vast differences in market leadership by region, with BASF leading in Europe, Taiwan and China, and Kanto leading in Singapore and Japan. KMG continues to expand its US market share dominance with its acquisition of OM Group’s Ultra Pure Chemicals business in June 2013.
The semiconductor wet chemical industry is vulnerable to several situations playing out in the general chemical industry as well as international politics. Semiconductor-grade nitric acid supplies were disrupted by a May 2012 explosion at El Dorado Chemical Company, and are not expected to fully recover until mid-2015. US shale oil production is providing some price escalation relief from Middle East petroleum supplies, providing relief in solvents and polyethylene products. New mining activity for phosphor and fluorspar around the world is starting to reduce dependence on China, providing some relief for hydrofluoric and phosphoric acid supplies.
In addition to market analysis, technical trends, critical supply chain issues and EH&S activities, the report includes profiles and updates for thirteen major chemical suppliers to the global semiconductor industry.
Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Electronics.ca Publications’ web site. View the report: Wet Chemicals for Semiconductor Device Processing 2014.