Semiconductor Materials Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Semiconductor Materials Market is segmented by Type of Material (Silicon Carbide, Gallium Manganese Arsenide, Copper Indium Gallium Selenide, Molybdenum Disulfide, and Bismuth Telluride), Application (Fabrication, Packaging), End-user Industry (Consumer Electronics, Telecommunication, Manufacturing, Automotive, Energy and Utility) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Semiconductor Materials Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4.17 %

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Market Overview

The Semiconductor Materials Market was valued at USD 54.67 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 69.81 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 4.17% over the forecast period from 2021 to 2026. The increasing advancements in the semiconductor industry and the growing requirements for advanced semiconductor products are some of the major factors driving the investments in the semiconductor material market. Although the semiconductor industry is witnessing a fluctuating growth in revenues currently, the growing need for an advanced product is still motivating the market vendors and end-user organizations to invest in the development of semiconductor materials.

  • In the current market scenario, a significant portion of electronic devices, including laptops, smartphones, computers, etc., still use ICs and other semiconductor devices manufactured from silicon substances. Although silicon is still dominating the primary applications in the market, new materials replace the previous substrates and packaging for a few uses. For instance, the popularity of GaN material in power semiconductors has led the manufacturers to switch to this material. Owing to speed and efficiency, GaN-based transistors are finding newer applications, particularly in optoelectronics, compared to SiC-based ones. GaN has a thousand times the electron mobility than silicon and relatively stable operability at higher temperatures.
  • In November 2019, MEMC Korea Co inaugurated a new silicon wafer plant in South Korea, to diversify the supply channel of core strategic materials against Japan's export control. The South Korean government also reported that the country imports 65% of the silicon wafer. About 9% of the imports can be replaced with domestic production, with the initiatives for production expansion by MEMC. The multinational firms also benefited from such disputes. DuPont invested USD 28 million in two existing factories in South Korea. It also aims to construct a new factory to make photoresists for use in the production of semiconductors. The advancements in the automotive industry are also fueling innovations in the studied market.
  • The semiconductor manufacturers in Taiwan and China have increased the stock of materials amid uncertain developments after the outbreak of COVID-19, allowing material distributors, including Topco Scientific and Niching Industrial, to expand their market share. The COVID-19 has also changed the focus of the studied market vendors. During the first quarter of 2020, COVID-19 negatively affected the market, in terms of disruptions in the supply chains and shut down factories in China and other significant electronics manufacturing countries in Asia. The Germany-based company, Merck, is an essential supplier of essential semiconductor materials, specialty chemicals and equipment, and related services in the United States. However, many companies, like Merck, are still expecting mid-single-digit growth in the future.

Scope of the Report

Semiconductors are one of the most prominent innovations in modern electronics. Using elements such as silicon, germanium, and gallium arsenide, companies were able to replace the traditional thermionic devices, such as vacuum tubes, that made electronics bulky and non-portable. Since the inception of semiconductor elements, there has been a high degree of miniaturization, making electronic equipment more compact and mobile. Out of all the semiconductor elements available in the current market scenario, silicon is considered the best.

By Material
Silicon Carbide (SiC)
Gallium Manganese Arsenide (GaAs)
Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS)
Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS₂)
Bismuth Telluride (Bi2Te3)
By Application
Fabrication
Process Chemicals
Photomasks
Electronic Gases
Photoresists Ancilliaries
Sputtering Targets
Silicon
Other Fabrication Materials
By Packaging
Substrates
Lead Frames
Ceramic Packages
Bonding Wire
Encapsulation Resins (Liquid)
Die Attach Materials
Other Packaging Materials
By End User
Consumer Electronics
Manufacturing
Automotive
Energy and Utility
Other End Users
Geography
Taiwan
South Korea
China
Japan
North America
Europe
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Substrate Packaging is Expected to Hold Significant Share

  • Substrates serve as the foundation for electronic devices, such as transistors, diodes, and uniquely integrated circuits (ICs). The substrates require high thermal conductivity to dissipate the heat generated by the components efficiently and quickly from the conductor layers. Moreover, among all other types, substrates have been witnessing a significant share, as it is the base material to build circuit boards and design compact assemblies. SiC substrates had been the area of focus for many years for many companies. The silicon substrates witnessed a full adoption. A close examination of the activities of the vendors in this field also suggests the same.
  • For instance, in July 2019, Soitec and Kokusai Electric Corporation extended its technology partnership (via an R&D collaboration) with Substrate Innovation Center in France. The center co-launched by CEA-Leti and Soitec is an industry-inclusive hub promoting new businesses and learning from the substrate to the system level. GaN substrates have recently become essential components to be deployed across blue-violet laser diodes in recorders or BD players and the power control elements. GaN substrates are also used across optoelectronic products, such as lasers, LEDs, power electronics, and radio frequency amplifiers.
  • The advent of 5G has led the devices in conjunction, and their multi-core architectures to possess high bandwidth density with low latency and high energy efficiency. Therefore, heterogeneous integration, as advanced packaging technology, is expected to meet the desired demands for performance on chips and 3D integrated circuits. In June 2020, the Indian government launched the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for large-scale electronics manufacturing, Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS), and schemes to promote manufacturing of PCB and semiconductor substrates.
  • Vendors, like Intel and TSMC, are actively focusing on 3D ICs. The former launched its Forveros 3D packaging product, which combines a 10 nm HPC chiplet with a low-energy 22 nm base die stacked with memory on top. The company equipped a substrate with a small embedded silicon connection, which allows a host chip and a secondary chiplet to connect and offers high bandwidth and short distances. The developments in upgrading packaging technology are driving the increased adoption of substrates as a packaging application.
Semiconductor Materials Market Key Trends

North America is Expected to Hold Significant Share

  • In the North American region, the United States has been able to maintain its competitiveness efficiently managing the global design and manufacturing supply chains, even though the consumption of the semiconductors market has shifted heavily toward the Asia-Pacific region over the past decade. This approach has included the country’s ability to keep to high-value design and production work within the United States, while offshoring low-value production. The country illustrates this trend is the largest market for China’s export. GaN, as a semiconductor material, is noted to have an established market in the region, as it is being employed extensively in LED lighting and wireless applications and power supplies. 
  • GaN has various characteristics which includes high-frequency operation, promote high performance while maintaining high efficiency. This had led the local manufactures of semiconductor components to opt for this material. In January 2020, MEGA Electronics announced the launch of GaN FET power supplies. Additionally, the material suppliers in the region have been expanding on capacity levels, post the trade tensions with China. In July 2019, JSR Micro Inc. announced expanding its semiconductor materials manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a new facility in Hillsboro OR. The company made an investment of USD 100 million toward the facility, scheduled to start operations in 2020. 
  • However, in 2020, the U.S. sanctioned new import taxes on Chinese products, which is further expected to affect the import of raw materials for semiconductors from China. In May 2019, Cree Inc. invested USD 1 billion in expanding its SiC capacity with the development of an automated 200mm SiC fabrication facility and a mega factory of materials at its Durham N.C. Campus. In 2018, Merck launched its Bright Future transformation program for its Performance Materials business sector, aiming to expand its position as a leading supplier to the electronics industry. In October 2019, Merck acquired the USbased semiconductor material supplier, Versum Materials Inc., for EUR 5.8 billion, with a focus on advanced materials for semiconductor industries.
  • For the same purpose, in September 2019, Merck acquired another US-based advanced semiconductor material supplier Intermolecular Inc. for USD 62 million. In June 2020, the company launched its new and fully customer-centric organization for its Semiconductor Solution segment, consisting of semiconductor materials. Despite the challenging current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s Semiconductor Solutions segment was able to deliver strong growth. The company targets a revenue of EUR 75 million for its Performance Materials business segment by 2022.
Semiconductor Materials Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The semiconductor materials market is quite competitive and consists of significant players. However, in terms of market share, few of the major players such as LG Chem Ltd, Kyocera Corporation, Hitachi Chemical Company Ltd, etc. currently dominate the market. However, with the help of technological advancements, product innovations and partnerships, mid-size to smaller companies increase their market presence by securing new contracts and tapping new markets.

  • February 2020 - Kyocera Corporation developed a proprietary technology to produce silicon MEMS resonators for the silicon MEMS market. Following Kyocera's complete acquisition of Tikitin Oy July 2019, a Finnish venture company with advanced MEMS technology, it has achieved outstanding frequency temperature coefficient and ESR characteristics never previously attained with conventional quartz and silicon products.
  • 2020 - Hitachi Chemical Co Ltd also invested about JPY 3 billion to expand its production capacity of the semiconductor polishing material "nano-ceria slurry." By producing fewer polishing scratches on semiconductor substrates than conventional models, this new slurry can prevent circuit breakages and short of realizing fine-pitch patterns in semiconductor devices.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Technical Advancements and Product Innovation of the Electronic Materials

      2. 5.1.2 Rising Demand for Consumer Electronics Goods

      3. 5.1.3 Increased Demand From OSAT/Packaging Companies

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Complexity in the Manufacturing Process

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Material

      1. 6.1.1 Silicon Carbide (SiC)

      2. 6.1.2 Gallium Manganese Arsenide (GaAs)

      3. 6.1.3 Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS)

      4. 6.1.4 Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS₂)

      5. 6.1.5 Bismuth Telluride (Bi2Te3)

    2. 6.2 By Application

      1. 6.2.1 Fabrication

        1. 6.2.1.1 Process Chemicals

        2. 6.2.1.2 Photomasks

        3. 6.2.1.3 Electronic Gases

        4. 6.2.1.4 Photoresists Ancilliaries

        5. 6.2.1.5 Sputtering Targets

        6. 6.2.1.6 Silicon

        7. 6.2.1.7 Other Fabrication Materials

      2. 6.2.2 By Packaging

        1. 6.2.2.1 Substrates

        2. 6.2.2.2 Lead Frames

        3. 6.2.2.3 Ceramic Packages

        4. 6.2.2.4 Bonding Wire

        5. 6.2.2.5 Encapsulation Resins (Liquid)

        6. 6.2.2.6 Die Attach Materials

        7. 6.2.2.7 Other Packaging Materials

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Consumer Electronics

      2. 6.3.2 Manufacturing

      3. 6.3.3 Automotive

      4. 6.3.4 Energy and Utility

      5. 6.3.5 Other End Users

    4. 6.4 Geography

      1. 6.4.1 Taiwan

      2. 6.4.2 South Korea

      3. 6.4.3 China

      4. 6.4.4 Japan

      5. 6.4.5 North America

      6. 6.4.6 Europe

      7. 6.4.7 Rest of the World

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 BASF SE

      2. 7.1.2 LG Chem Ltd

      3. 7.1.3 Indium Corporation

      4. 7.1.4 Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd

      5. 7.1.5 KYOCERA Corporation

      6. 7.1.6 Henkel AG & Company KGAA

      7. 7.1.7 Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd

      8. 7.1.8 Dow Chemical Co.

      9. 7.1.9 International Quantum Epitaxy PLC.

      10. 7.1.10 Nichia Corporation

      11. 7.1.11 Intel Corporation

      12. 7.1.12 UTAC Holdings Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Semiconductor Materials Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Semiconductor Materials Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.17% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

BASF SE, LG Chem Ltd, Hitachi Chemical Company Ltd, Indium Corporation, Kyocera Corporation are the major companies operating in Semiconductor Materials Market.

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