Markets and Business

Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Market Tops $16 Billion

The global semiconductor packaging materials market reached $16.7 billion in 2017. While slower growth of smartphones and personal computers – the industry’s traditional drivers – is reducing material consumption, the slowdown was offset by...

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Global Expansion at More Subdued Pace

Global Manufacturing Growth has Slowed, but is Still Positive (Chart 1)

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The Challenge of Tight Silicon Wafer Supply: Impacts and Implications

Co-author: Sungho Yoon, Senior Market Research Analyst at SEMI

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China Now World’s Largest Consumer of Packaging Equipment and Materials

Fueled by heavy government investment, IC packaging and testing in China generated $29 billion in revenue in 2017, making China the world’s largest consumer of packaging equipment and materials, according to SEMI’s recent China Semiconductor...

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China/Taiwan Markets February Chill

After a record January, Taiwan-listed electronics companies, many of which manufacture in China, reported significant drops in February sales. A number of events likely contributed:

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U.S. Trade Tensions with China Hit Fever Pitch

Following through on his 2016 campaign promise, President Trump is implementing trade policies that buck conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. and among U.S. businesses. Stiff tariffs and the dismantling of longstanding trade agreements –...

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A Universally Profitable Renewable Energy Business Model

By Emmy Yi

The solar energy sector shined in a global renewable energy market that maintained steady growth last year despite the United States’ shocking withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Solar panel costs dropped to an all-time low, driving global...

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Foreign Investment Review Reform Bill Could Spell Trouble for Semiconductor Industry

Foreign investment, which fuels technological innovation, productivity, and broad-based growth, is critical to the semiconductor industry’s long-term success. That stream of billions of dollars in investment, however, is at risk of narrowing as a...

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Federal Funding for R&D Outlined in Divergent Trends; Congress and White House offer competing visions

The White House has released its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal just as Congress secured a two-year budget deal that will begin the process of wrapping up the rest of FY 2018 and set the government’s top line spending for FY 2019 as well....

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China's Semiconductor Industry and Win-Win Growth

As China embarks on the Made in China 2025 plan with electronics and semiconductor technology as one of the Top 10 focus areas, China's semiconductor industry has an unprecedented growth opportunity. However, besides the huge investment required,...

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