Japan well positioned to support IoT and the industry

By Lara Chamness, senior manager, market analysis, SEMI

Japan has long played a critical role in semiconductor manufacturing and is home to Flash Alliance, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Renesas, Rohm, Seiko Epson Corp, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, and others. As a result, Japan accounts for the largest portion, 21 percent (including discretes), of the global total installed fab capacity in 2015 according to the SEMI Fab database. Of that fab capacity, 41 percent is 300 mm and 27 percent is 200 mm. As Yoichiro Ando detailed in his article last month, Japan is uniquely positioned to support the Internet of Things (IoT).


Source: SEMI, 2015

Due to the presence of these established device manufacturers, Japan represents a significant portion of the new equipment and materials market; for the last two years, Japan represented 15 percent of the semiconductor equipment and materials market. While spending is expected to slightly decline in the region next year, it is anticipated that device manufacturers in Japan will still spend in the range of $12 billion on new equipment and materials next year.

Source: SEMI/SEAJ, SEMI; 2015

Source: SEMI/SEAJ, SEMI; 2015

In addition to hosting veteran device manufacturers, Japan is also home to leading equipment and materials suppliers such as Advantest, Canon, Dai Nippon Printing, Ebara, Hitachi Chemical, Hoya, Ibiden, JSR, Kyocera, Nikon, Tanaka, TEL, SCREEN, Shin-Etsu, SUMCO, Taiyo Nippon Sanso, TOK, Tokyo Seimitsu, and Ulvac, among others. It is estimated that equipment companies based in Japan account for about a third of the total equipment market, while materials suppliers headquartered in Japan supply around 50 percent of the world’s semiconductor materials on a revenue basis. The semiconductor manufacturing market in Japan is solid and is well positioned to support the evolving needs of the industry.

SEMICON Japan 2015 (December 16-18) in Tokyo will be an ideal venue to connect with Japan’s semiconductor supply chain companies as well as key IoT players in the region that will exhibit at “World of IoT,” a show-within-the-show showcase. For further information, visit: http://www.semiconjapan.org.


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