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Semiconductor Materials - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 199 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4745437
The semiconductor materials market size is estimated at USD 70.30 billion in the current year. It is expected to reach USD 88.66 billion by the next five years, registering a CAGR of 4.75% during the forecast period. Semiconductor materials represent one of the significant innovations in the electronics industry. By using materials such as silicon (Si), germanium (Ge), and gallium arsenide (GaAs), electronics manufacturers can replace traditional thermionic devices that make electronic devices heavy and expensive. Since the introduction of semiconductor devices, advanced miniaturization has progressed, and electronic devices have become more compact and mobile.

Key Highlights

  • With the miniaturization trend gaining momentum in the semiconductor industry, the demand for semiconductor materials is also expected to grow as manufacturing advanced node ICs, heterogeneous integration, and 3D memory architectures require more processing steps; this drives higher wafer fabrication and packaging materials consumption.
  • Semiconductors are moving away from rigid substrates to more flexible plastic material and paper, all due to new material and fabrication discoveries. The trend toward more flexible substrates has led to numerous devices, from light-emitting diodes to solar cells and transistors.
  • The semiconductor industry has been growing with miniaturization, and advancements and innovations in this field have directly impacted all downstream technologies. ​​With the surging demand for high-end packaging solutions and rising packaging costs, OSAT vendors witnessed a considerable surge in demand from all the end-user industries, especially consumer electronics and automotive applications.
  • The semiconductor industry is one of the most complex because of the more than 500 processing steps involved in manufacturing different products and the challenging environment faced by industry workers, including volatile electronics markets and unpredictable demand. It is considered. Depending on the complexity of the manufacturing process, there can be up to 1,400 process steps in semiconductor wafer manufacturing alone. Transistors are formed on the bottom layer, and the process is repeated as many circuits are assembled to create the final product.
  • The Russia-Ukraine war is impacting the supply chain of semiconductors. Being a significant supplier of raw materials for producing semiconductors and electronic components, including various equipment. The dispute has disrupted the supply chain, causing shortages and price increases for these materials, impacting manufacturers and potentially leading to higher costs for end-users.
  • Further, according to UkraineInvest, copper prices escalated to USD 10,845/mt in early March 2022. The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, high energy costs, and stricter emissions standards in Europe have been noted as the primary reasons for the continued shortage of copper.

Semiconductor Materials Market Trends

Rising Demand for Consumer Electronics Goods to Drive the Market

  • Consumer electronics (CE) forms a multibillion-dollar industry, steadily progressing and developing technology and adding new product lines toward changing lifestyles. With the advent of IoT, various end-user industries are increasingly adopting advanced consumer electronic products to enhance their operations.
  • According to Cisco, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a prevalent system by which people, processes, devices, and data connection to the Internet and each other. M2M connections are anticipated to grow from 6.1 billion in 2018 to 14.7 billion globally in 2023. Furthermore, Cisco predicts that, by 2023, there will be 1.8 M2M (machine-to-machine) connections for each member of the global population.
  • By 2023, the consumer share of the total devices, including fixed and mobile devices, will be 74 percent, with businesses claiming the remaining 26 percent. However, according to Cisco, consumer share will grow at a slightly slower rate, at a 9.1 percent CAGR relative to the business segment, which is expected to witness a 12.0 percent CAGR.
  • With the growing deployment of massive IoT technologies such as NB-IoT and Cat-M – primarily consisting of wide-area use cases involving large numbers of low-cost, low-complexity devices with long battery life and low throughput, the number of IoT devices connected by Cat-M and NB-IoT technologies is expected to overtake 2G/3G connected IoT devices in 2023. Broadband IoT in 2027 made up 51 percent of all cellular IoT connections at that time (Source: Ericsson). Such trends are expected to significantly transform the outlook of the consumer electronics industry, which in turn will drive the demand for semiconductor chips to support connectivity features.
  • The smartphone market is the major consumer of semiconductors in this segment. The smartphone market has been very competitive in recent years. The increasing usage of cell phones is anticipated to drive the global market. For instance, according to Ericsson, smartphone subscriptions are expected to reach 7.8 billion by 2027, from 6.3 billion in 2021.
  • Other significant drivers behind the demand growth are the 5G rollout and IoT. The growing interest of telecom operators to invest and launch in 5G technology is expected to fuel the demand for 5G capable devices, where consumers and industries are expected to opt for 5G devices. For instance, according to Ericsson, 5G mobile subscription, which grew from 273.96 million in 2020 to 664.18 million in 2021, is expected to reach 4,389.77 million globally by 2027, driving the demand for semiconductor chips and semiconductor materials in the process.
  • 5G networks use massive MIMO in which many antennas are deployed at the base station, wherein semiconductor chips are widely used. Therefore, 5G will offer an enormous opportunity for the market studied during the forecast period.

China to Witness Significant Growth

  • The Chinese government's national strategic plan, ``Made in China 2025,'' has become a key factor in the growth of the country's semiconductor industry. A central goal of this plan is the growth of the semiconductor industry. Furthermore, the 2021 budget of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIP) targets 2 million registrations per year by 2023, which is expected to revitalize the semiconductor materials market.
  • China's new five-year plan for 2021-25, announced in March 2021 by the government, establishes boosting basic research as a critical priority. Central government spending on basic research was expected to increase by 11 percent in 2021, well above the 7 percent planned for the overall R&D investment and the 6 percent target for GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth. Semiconductors have been identified as one of seven areas for priority funding and resources. Design companies develop nanoscale integrated circuits that perform important tasks that make electronic devices work, such as computing, storage, network connectivity, and power management.
  • Furthermore, the growth in wearable electronic devices has also been leading to the adoption of new miniaturized chips, propelling the semiconductor's growth and increasing the demand for wafers, further driving the studied market. As per Cisco Systems, the number of connected wearable devices in China is expected to reach 439 million by 2022 from 378.8 million in 2021. Additionally, according to Ericsson, the number of smartphone mobile network subscriptions is expected to reach approximately 6.6 billion worldwide in 2022 and exceed 7.8 billion by 2028. This will further promote the studied market.
  • Furthermore, China's automotive industry has been increasing, and the country plays an increasingly important role in the global automotive market. The Chinese government positions the automobile industry, including the auto parts sector, as one of its key industries. The government predicted that China's car production would reach 30 million vehicles by 2020 and 35 million by 2025.
  • Although the pandemic had a notable impact on the country's automobile industry, recent data suggests that the country's automotive industry is on track to its 2025 goals. For instance, according to the China Association for Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), in 2021, the total number of cars produced in China was about 26.1 million. Furthermore, in 2022, the automotive industry has reported steady growth. For instance, in September 2022, about 2.6 million vehicles were sold in the country.
  • According to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, China's revenue from semiconductor equipment reached USD 12.97 billion in 2022. The growing demand for semiconductor chips and increasing investment in manufacturing facilities and equipment are expected to create new growth opportunities for the vendors operating in the market.

Semiconductor Materials Industry Overview

Brand identity plays a major role in the Semiconductor Materials market, considering the importance of quality that the end-users expect from a semiconductor manufacturing player. The market penetration is also high with the presence of large market incumbents, such as BASF, L.G Chem Ltd., and KYOCERA Corporation. Overall, the intensity of competitive rivalry is expected to grow moderately over the forecast period.

In November 2022, Indium Corporation, a worldwide materials provider to the electronics assembly and semiconductor packaging company in the United States, opened its newest 37,500-square-foot production plant in Penang, Malaysia. The new plant has begun manufacturing operations and will increase production capacity to service better the company's clients in Malaysia and the neighboring area, notably Thailand and Vietnam.

In May 2022, L.G. Chem began developing photoresist (P.R.) utilized in the semiconductor back-end processes with the intention of providing it to worldwide semiconductor businesses. After engraving ultra-fine circuit designs on the front-end procedure of semiconductors, the company is creating P.R. for the back-end technique to improve chip performance.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes
4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.3 Assessment of the Impact of Key Macro Trends on the Market
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Technical Advancements and Product Innovation of the Electronic Materials
5.1.2 Rising Demand for Consumer Electronics Goods
5.1.3 Increased Demand From OSAT/Packaging Companies
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Complexity in the Manufacturing Process
6.1 By Application
6.1.1 Fabrication Process Chemicals Photomasks Electronic Gases Photoresists Ancilliaries Sputtering Targets Silicon Other Fabrication Materials
6.1.2 Packaging Substrates Lead-frames Ceramic Packages Bonding Wire Encapsulation Resins (Liquid) Die Attach Materials Other Packaging Applications
6.2 By End User Industry
6.2.1 Consumer Electronics
6.2.2 Telecommunication
6.2.3 Manufacturing
6.2.4 Automotive
6.2.5 Energy and Utility
6.2.6 Other End User Industries
6.3 By Geography
6.3.1 North America
6.3.2 Europe
6.3.3 Asia Pacific
6.3.4 Rest of the World
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 BASF SE
7.1.2 LG Chem Ltd
7.1.3 Indium Corporation
7.1.4 Showa Denko Materials Co. Ltd (showa Denko K.K)
7.1.5 KYOCERA Corporation
7.1.6 Henkel AG & Company KGAA
7.1.7 Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd
7.1.8 Dow Chemical Co. (Dow Inc.)
7.1.9 International Quantum Epitaxy PLC
7.1.10 Nichia Corporation
7.1.11 CAPLINQ Europe BV
7.1.12 ShinEtsu Microsi

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • LG Chem Ltd
  • Indium Corporation
  • Showa Denko Materials Co. Ltd (showa Denko K.K)
  • KYOCERA Corporation
  • Henkel AG & Company KGAA
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd
  • Dow Chemical Co. (Dow Inc.)
  • International Quantum Epitaxy PLC
  • Nichia Corporation
  • CAPLINQ Europe BV
  • ShinEtsu Microsi