Nine new 300mm wafer fabs scheduled to open in 2019

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According to IC Insights, the number of 300mm IC wafer fabs is expected to reach 121 in 2019.

IC Insights recently released its Global Wafer Capacity 2019-2023 report that provides analyses and forecasts of IC industry capacity by wafer size, by process geometry, by region, and by product type through 2023.

The newest edition of the Global Wafer Capacity report shows that 300mm wafers took over as the industry’s primary wafer size in terms of total surface area used in 2008.

The number of active volume-production 300mm fabs declined for the first time in 2013 when ProMOS closed two large fabs and two other fabs that were scheduled to open in 2013 where delayed until 2014. The quantity of 300mm fabs has risen every year since.

Nine new 300mm wafer fabs are scheduled to open in 2019 (five of them located in China), this will be the most opened in a single year since 2007. Another six are scheduled to open in 2020. All of the new fabs coming in 2019 and 2020 will be for DRAM and flash memory or for foundry capacity.

The worldwide number of operational 300mm wafer fabs is expected to climb to 121 this year (Figure 1).

Figure 1

By the end of 2023 there are expected to be 26 more fabs in operation than in 2018, bringing the total number of 300mm fabs used for IC production to 138.

For comparison, at the end of 2018 there were 150 volume-production 200mm wafer fabs in operation (the peak number of 200mm fabs was 210).