According to Flynn and Bradford, the silicon wafer industry is highly consolidated, with the following major players: Hemlock, Wacker, REC Silicon, Tokuyama, MEMC Semiconductor, Mitsubishi, and Sumitomo having about 99% of the market. Demand currently far exceeds supply, with more polysilicon being used than produced, with the excess being a drawdown of inventories, recycling, or an artefact of inaccuracies in the sampling method, or a combination of those factors. Silicon processing is extremely capital intensive, with long lead times.
Lasers can, instead, be of a great advantage to the Silicon fabrication. They improve the production speed capabilities, and now all the major manufacturers are announcing large planned expansions to investment, and several new players are also entering the industry.
Quanta System’s lasers, conceived for this sector are the best performance/price ratio solutions allowing reduced amounts of capital to be invested, a fast pay back of the investments and a high ROI.
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