“How long will it last?” Heightened Demand for Plating in Advanced Packaging & Front-End (FE)/Damascene Chemicals

Healthy growth through 2022, but softening expected in 2023

San Diego, CA, September 23, 2021:  TECHCET—the electronic materials advisory firm providing business and technology information— announced a heightened need for plating chemistries consumed in advanced packaging & FE/damascene driven by huge growth in chips in all sectors. This includes plating chemicals for copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), tin (Sn), and silver (Ag). Total copper plating chemicals are expected to grow 14.2% in 2021 to total $662M, with advanced packaging rising almost double that of damascene. Advanced packaging applications include Cu pillar, Redistribution Layer (RDL), and Through Silicon Via (TSV).

Advanced logic is the main driver of growth for plating materials. Used for damascene, copper plating chemicals volume demand increases with each new logic generation. Although CVD or PVD Cobalt (Co) and Ruthenium (Ru) are starting to be used in M0-M4 layers, overall growth in advanced logic and the number of layers pushes up Cu plating revenues for advanced logic applications. Advanced logic nodes (<16nm) wafer starts are forecasted to increase 14.4% CAGR (2020-2025); however, the number of damascene steps required for all leading-edge device wafer starts is expected to increase by more than 50% annually.

Although strong growth is expected throughout the forecast period, TECHCET anticipates a slowing in growth by 2023. “In another couple of years, we anticipate an inventory correction which should slow the pace of growth in devices and moderate demand for plating chemicals,” stated Dan Tracy, Sr. Director of TECHCET. However, by 2025, another upturn is expected.

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ABOUT TECHCET:  TECHCET CA LLC is an advisory services firm focused on process materials supply-chains, electronic materials business, and materials market analysis for the semiconductor, display, solar/PV, and LED industries. Since 2000, the company has been responsible for producing the Critical Material Reports™, covering silicon wafers, semiconductor gases, wet chemicals, CMP consumables, Photoresists, and ALD/CVD Precursors. The Critical Materials Council (CMC) of semiconductor fabricators is a business service offered by TECHCET, and includes materials supplier Associate Members. For additional information about reports, market briefings, CMC membership, or custom consulting please contact info@cmcfabs.org, +1-480-332-8336, or go to www.techcet.com or www.cmcfabs.org.