The global microelectronics cleaning equipment market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1% over the next five years, to hit a market value of $5.86 billion by 2017.
Key factors behind growth within the market include the increase in demand for smartphones and tablets, growth within the semiconductor industry, and the shift to single-wafer processing.
The explosive growth in the smartphone and tablet market has boosted demand for more semiconductor wafers and hence more microelectronics cleaning equipment. The performance-driven IC market has forced the transition to single-wafer processing and this is another big driver.
Microelectronics cleaning equipment are used to clean silicon wafers, compound semiconductor device wafers, MEMS, flat panel displays, read/write heads of hard disk drives, photomasks, and printed circuit boards. The major application of microelectronics cleaning equipment is in the IC fabrication industry, where a big percentage of the fabrication process involves cleaning the wafers.
The cleaning of microelectronics involves many different challenges like removal and neutralisation of the effects of multiple kinds of contaminants, defects, etc. and hence various technologies are used in the process. This includes wet chemical cleaning, dry cleaning, aqueous cleaning, and cryogenic aerosol and supercritical fluid cleaning. These cleaning technologies can be used in equipment that process wafers one-by-one, called single-wafer cleaning equipment, or in groups simultaneously, called batch-wafer cleaning.
By region, APAC dominates the manufacturing of electronic devices with Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, etc. leading the charts. In accordance with this, APAC is also the major contributor to the microelectronics cleaning equipment industry. North America has had a stable semiconductor device market for the last five years with a small growth rate, a trend which is expected to continue in the next five years as well.
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