29 Dec '16, 10am

10% hike for Q1 wafer prices

The Taiwan newspaper Commercial Times reports that contract prices for 12 inch wafers have been negotiated 10% higher for Q1 2017. The suppliers named are: GlobalWafers, Formosa Sumco Technology, distributor Topco Scientific, Shin-Etsu Handotai, Sumco and distributor Topco Scientific. The 10% hike applies to the $50-60 current price for polished wafers and the $80 price for epitaxial wafers. For wafers required for 20 nm processing and better, the price will be lifted from the current $120 to $130. The fact that the wafer suppliers are chronically low margin being at the bottom of the semiconductor supply chain shows how much leverage the suppliers have acquired due to rising demand – particularly from China. There is an expectation that the move of the wafer suppliers presages a more general wave of price increases across the semiconductor supply chain.

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/business/10-hike-q1...

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