300mm wafers buck soft silicon growth trend

November 4, 2011 — Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments decreased 2% quarter-to-quarter in Q3 2011, and dropped 5% year-over-year, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

See Q2 2011 data here.

Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,354 million square inches during the third quarter.
 
"Silicon shipments for the most recent quarter are reflecting the general hesitancy of the market,

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