IC Insights: China’s wafer production capacity ranks fourth with a global share of 15.3%, and is about to overtake Japan

IC Insights: China’s wafer production capacity ranks fourth with a global share of 15.3%, and is about to overtake Japan

  IC Insights: China’s wafer production capacity ranks fourth with a global share of 15.3%, and is about to overtake Japan

Recently, IC Insights, an authority in the semiconductor industry, released a graph of chip production capacity in various countries and regions around the world by the end of 2020.

The chart below shows the global regional wafer capacity as of December 2020:

IC Insights: China’s wafer production capacity ranks fourth with a global share of 15.3%, and is about to overtake Japan

It should be noted that the statistical standard of IC Insights is divided according to the location of the factory. For example, the factories set up by Samsung in the United States will be counted in the total production capacity of the United States, and the factories set up by TSMC in mainland my country will be counted in the total production capacity of the mainland.

It can be seen from the picture that as of December 2020, Taiwan had the highest chip production capacity, accounting for 21.4% of the world’s total production capacity, followed by South Korea, which accounted for 20.4% of the world’s total production capacity. It is worth mentioning that mainland China ranks fourth, after Japan, with a production capacity difference of only 0.5%. It is expected that China’s wafer production capacity will surpass that of Japan in 2021. In 2010, the proportion of wafer production capacity in mainland China exceeded Europe for the first time, in 2016 it exceeded the ROW regional production capacity for the first time, and in 2019 it exceeded the North American production capacity for the first time.

The composition of wafer production capacity is also different between different countries and regions. For example, the leading capacity in Taiwan is 8-inch wafers, and the leading capacity in South Korea is 12-inch wafers.

IT House learned that after surpassing Japan in 2011, Taiwan surpassed South Korea to become the largest capacity holder in 2015. It is expected that Taiwan will remain the region with the largest wafer production capacity by 2025. The region is expected to add nearly 1.4 million wafers (200mm equivalent) in 2015.

IC Insights expects that mainland China will be the only region to increase its capacity share between 2020 and 2025 (up around 3.7%).

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