Silicon wafers are one of the common type in wafer fabrication facilities. A silicon wafer can be a lower grade wafer and does not have the device specific layers. A silicon carrier wafer is a very close match to the device substrate wafer. Glass wafers are used in a wide variety of industrial & technical applications. The emergence of compact and advanced consumer electronic devices is expected to trigger the demand for the semiconductor glass wafer market during the forecast period. Additionally, rising demand for automotive electronics due to electric and hybrid vehicles, give rise to the semiconductor glass wafer market in coming years. Moreover, glass wafer has different types of niche properties such as content of boron and borosilicate glass provides higher chemical stability against water or other different types of chemical. This factor will continue to attribute toward the growth of the global semiconductor glass wafer market during the forecast period. The semiconductor glass wafer market is expected to witness a steady growth during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026.
The global semiconductor glass wafer market has been segmented on the basis of wafer size, end use industry and geography. Based on product type, the market for semiconductor glass wafer has been segregated on the basis of wafer size, application, end use industry and geography. Based on wafer size, the market for semiconductor glass wafer has been segregated into 100nm, 150 nm, 200 nm and 300 nm. The 200 nm and 150 nm wafer size segment is expected to hold the major market share throughout the forecast period. On the basis of application, the market has been divided in to different types which includes CMOS image sensor, Logic IC, LED, memory, MEMs and RF/Analog ICs among others. Rising demand for renewable energy such as wind energy, solar energy, hydroelectricity require semiconductor chips driving the demand for the market. Moreover, based on end use industry, the semiconductor glass wafer market has been classified into consumer electronics, IT & telecommunication, aerospace & defense, energy, automotive and healthcare among others. In 2017, the consumer electronics segment hold the major market share and is projected to grow at a highest CAGR rate throughout the forecast period. The growing needs for glass as a cover for optical devices like an image sensor, as well as a support substrate in the packaging process of semiconductor and MEMS. Across the globe, rising investment & growing adoption of glass wafer is subsequently driving the demand for the market in coming years. Semiconductor glass wafer manufacturers are continuously focusing on providing consumer products with improved functionalities owing to increasing demand and rapid innovation for improved electronics. On the flip side, high cost of glass wafer manufacturing due to huge initial investment for establishing manufacturing unit is one of the most important restraining factors that is likely to inhibit the growth of market during the forecasted period. However, emerging applications such as FO WLP, RF devices, others application could require the use of glass material, which is expected to create a better opportunity for the semiconductor glass wafer manufacturers.
Geographically, the semiconductor glass wafer market has been segregated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and South America. In terms of revenue, in 2017, Asia Pacific held the largest market share in the global semiconductor glass wafer market. This is mainly due to Asia Pacific is one of the major hub for different OEM manufacturers and potential economy such as China, India, which is the major driving force behind escalating growth of business. On the other hand, North America is expected to become the most promising market with a second highest market share followed by others region. Consequently, demand for semiconductor glass wafers in North America is anticipated to witness a robust demand of microchip for various smart electronics application, thereby creating better opportunity for glass wafers manufactures during the forecast period.
The key players operational in the global semiconductor glass wafer market includes Bullen Ultrasonics (The U.S.), Corning Inc. (The U.S.), Semiconductor Wafer Inc., PlanOptik AG (Germany), Schott AG (Germany) , Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (Japan), AGC Inc., and Siltronic AG (Germany) among others.
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