Feb. 9, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- According to the latest annual report from SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG), global silicon wafer shipments hit a record high in 2022, growing 3.9% to 14,713 million square inches (MSI), while wafer revenue increased 9.5% over the same period to $13.8 billion.

SEMI noted that total MSI shipments were 14,713 last year and 14,165 MSI in 2021, as silicon wafers underpin 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.”

SEMI: Global silicon wafer shipments and revenue set new records in 2022-SemiMedia

For more information, on the report, please visit https://www.semi.org/en/MarketInfo/SiliconShipmentStatistics

About SMG

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.