Electronic chemicals and materials are solid, liquid, and gaseous substances used in the fabrication of semiconductors and printed circuit boards (PCBs). Global demand for electronic chemicals and materials, particularly in developed countries, is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6% through 2015.
The increase in demand for electronic chemicals and materials is related to overall growth in the production of electronic devices, as well as technological innovation that will create opportunities for new materials. New materials such as low-k dielectrics and advanced photoresists will see growth rates well above average, and opportunities will also emerge in existing technologies as chemical compositions are improved to attain better compatibility and lower costs.
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
In such a dynamic environment there is a need for current, comprehensive reports on electronic chemicals and materials covering aspects of technology, demand trends, project opportunities, and investment levels. This report is an updated version of a report published by BCC Research in September 2006.
The goal of this report is to provide a detailed analysis of recent trends in the chemicals and other materials that go into products manufactured in the global electronics industry. It examines technological developments, future trends, and emerging opportunities for every major segment and subsegment of the global market. This information will be useful for strategic planning, marketing, sales, and research and development.
The major objectives of this study are as follows:
- To assess technological developments in electronic chemicals and determine their current and future impact on the overall market.
- To identify the factors driving demand.
- To make available the most current and reliable information on the consumption of chemicals and other materials in the global electronics industry.
- To estimate the global supply and demand scenario by application and global region.
- To estimate the growth rate in demand.
- To estimate the projected supply and demand scenario through 2015.
This report is intended for suppliers of electronics chemicals and materials. Other readers who may find it particularly useful include entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, and other readers who need to know where the electronic chemicals and materials market is headed over the next 5 years.
The report should also be of interest to users of electronic chemicals and materials such as semiconductor manufacturers. Finally, members of technical and professional organizations such as the Semiconductor Industry Association should find the report useful.
The findings and conclusions of this report are based on information gathered from industry sources, including manufacturers and users of electronic chemicals and materials. Interview data were combined with information gathered through an extensive review of secondary sources such as trade publications, trade associations, company literature, and online databases to produce the market projections contained in this report.
The base year for analysis and projection is 2009. With 2009 as a baseline, market projections were developed for 2010–2015. These projections are based on a combination of the consensus among the primary contacts along with our understanding of the key market drivers and their impact from a historical and analytical perspective. The analytical methodologies used to generate the market estimates are described in greater detail in the section on Global Electronic Chemical and Material Markets.
All dollar projections presented in this report are in 2009 constant dollars unless otherwise noted.
SCOPE AND FORMAT
The report addresses the global market for electronic chemicals and materials during the period from 2009 through 2015. It covers the entire range of chemicals and materials that are used in the fabrication of ICs and PCBs, including:
- CMP slurries
- Photoresist chemicals
- Wet chemicals and solvents
- Miscellaneous chemicals and solvents
The report format includes the following major elements:
- Executive summary
- Technology trends
- Products and manufacturers
- Key patents and patent analysis
- Major applications in which electronic chemicals and materials are used (e.g., semiconductor, LCD display fabrication)
- Market drivers
- Global trends in the market for electronic chemicals and materials by technology, product type, application, and geographical region for the time period 2009–2015
- Electronic chemical and material manufacturer market shares
The original report on which this update is based was carried out by a team of chemical engineering consultants led by N. S. Venkataraman, a chemical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in various functions in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and allied industries. Other team members included Dr. Yatin B. Thakore, D. Panneerselvam, T. K. Parija, P. Govindanayagi and K. Geetha. All of the members of the team are practicing chemical engineers or chemists with extensive experience as business consultants in the chemical and allied industries.
The analyst responsible for this updated report, Andrew McWilliams, is a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm, 43rd Parallel, LLC. McWilliams is also the author of several BCC Research reports on related subjects, such as SMC064B Semiconductor/Microelectronics Cleaning, CHM045A Global Markets for Lithographic Chemicals, SMC048A Semiconductor Microlithography: Materials and Markets, and SMC021C Ultrapure Materials for the Semiconductor Industry (co-author).
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The information developed in this report is intended to be as reliable as possible at the time of publication and of a professional nature. This information does not constitute managerial, legal, or accounting advice; nor should it serve as a corporate policy guide, laboratory manual, or an endorsement of any product, as much of the information is speculative in nature. The authors assume no responsibility for any loss or damage that might result from reliance on the reported information or its use.