Since the sharp drop in the semiconductor business in 2009 caused by the global economic recession, the semiconductor business has gradually recovered. The global market for IC process chemicals is expected to grow at an average annual rate of approximately 5–6% through 2016.
The electronics industry uses a broad range of highly sophisticated specialty chemicals in many processing steps in the manufacture of electronic components and products, in silicon wafers and integrated circuits (IC), for packaging and printed circuit boards (PCBs), in the manufacture of compound semiconductors and optoelectronics, and in the production of flat panel display products. This report covers the major specialty chemicals consumed in the production of integrated circuits or silicon chips including silicon wafers, atmospheric and specialty gases, photoresists, ancillary chemicals, wet processing chemicals, CMP slurries, thin film metals, and new chemicals and materials such as copper plating chemicals and precursor materials for low-k and high-k dielectrics.
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