Weiner’s World—August 2017

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Bouncing Back

Singapore's factory output unexpectedly grew 21% last month compared to July 2016. The growth was primarily due to a surge in electronics manufacturing based on strong global demand for semiconductors and equipment. Electronics was the top performer, with output soaring >49% over July 2016 according to Economic Development Board data.


According to the SEMI Material Market Data Report[2], Taiwan’s semiconductor materials consumption was $9.8 billion in 2016—the world’s largest. Global semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached $13.1 billion in Q1 2017, exceeding the record quarterly high set in Q3 2000.

SEMI reported at the annual SEMICON West event last month that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to increase 19.8% to total $49.4 billion in 2017, marking the first time that the semiconductor equipment market has exceeded the market high of $47.7 billion set in 2000. 7.7% growth is expected next year, resulting in another record-breaking year totaling $53.2 billion for the global semiconductor equipment market. 

In 2017, South Korea will lead in growth with 68.7%, followed by Europe at 58.6%, and North America at 16.3%.


Two European research institutes announced their new collaboration to develop innovative, next-generation microelectronics technologies to spur innovation in their countries and strengthen European strategic and economic sovereignty.

Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech in Grenoble, France, and the Berlin-based Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics, Europe’s largest R&D provider of smart systems, will initially focus on extending CMOS and More-than-Moore technologies to enable next-generation components for applications in the Internet of Things, augmented reality, automotive, health, aeronautics and other sectors, as well as systems to support French and German industries.

Research and Markets Releases the "Global and China Photoresist Industry Report, 2017-2021"

The global photoresist market size has maintained an AAGR of 5.8% since 2010, exceeding 7.5 billion in 2016 and expected to surpass $10 billion in 2021.

Japan, the United States, and Germany supplied more than 60% of the world's photoresists in 2016. The photoresist industry in China, a late starter, had a market of about RMB5.85 billion in 2016. This is forecasted to double in 2021. The report states that there are eight key Chinese photoresist companies. Companies featured in the report include: AsahiKasei, Changzhou Tronly New Electronic Materials Co., Ltd., Chimei, Dongjin Semichem, Dow Chemical, Eternal Materials, Everlight Chemical, FUJIfilm, Hitachi Chemical, JSR, and Kempur Microelectronics Inc.


  1. The Limits of Certification, Gene Weiner, August 14, 2017.
  2. SEMI Material Market Data Report


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