September 2013
The Electronic Materials Report  
New Econometric Semiconductor Forecast
Initiating 5th edition of Cleaning & Surface Prep
NOW AVAILABLE: Econometric Semiconductor Forecast Q3 2013
Continued political and economic uncertainty dampens silicon demand 

The recently released  Econometric Semiconductor Forecast (ESF) indicates a slow global economy has suppressed the year-on-year forecasted demand growth to only 2.9% in 2013.  The picture for 2014 is slightly better, but continued underperformance in global markets will keep the semiconductor demand growth between 6.5% and 7.0%.

silicon forecast graph  

As the only accurate monthly forecast for materials demand, the ESF helps materials and consumable suppliers prepare for fluxuations in silicon demand. Launched in January 2013, statistical analysis of releases to date have confirmed its accuracy, with only a 1.3% error in forecasts one quarter out.  Studies published in the latest forecast output show a high correlation between sales of electronic materials and silicon sales.  Consequently, accurate forecasts of silicon demand are crucial for materials and consumable suppliers trying to plan and control their operations.


For more information or to subscribe to Econometric Semiconductor Forecast, call Mark Thirsk at 617-273-8837 or email us.

INITITATING: Cleaning and Surface Prep 2013-2018
Cleaning and Surface Prep: Technologies and Markets 2013-2018 
5th Edition

Cleaning and stripping are the most common operations in IC manufacturing. The challenges in preparing the wafer surface for the subsequent process steps have increased significantly, driven by materials changes, critical defect size and the increasing use of high aspect ratio features.Linx is beginning to gather information for the 5th edition of this essential report on cleaning and surface prep.
cleaning chemicals for cleans   


For more information about Advanced Cleaning & Surface Preparation: Technologies and Markets, 2013-2018, call Mark Thirsk at 617.273.8837 or email us.

Linx to Participate in Strategic Materials Conference
Linx will once again participate in SMC with Mark Thirsk speaking on opening day.
SMC 2013 Details 


Linx Presentation

Speaker: Mark Thirsk, Managing Partner, Linx-Consulting

Date: October 16 at 9:20am

Topic: Mark will be addressing materials needs and performance trends for advanced manufacturing processes.



Marriott Santa Clara

2700 Mission College Boulevard 

Santa Clara, California 95054


Dates: October 16-17


SMC Agenda


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To make reservations by phone, call 1.800.228.9290

Mike Corbett & Mark Thirsk
Linx Consulting
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