Global Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) Wafer Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Single Crystal GaAs Wafer, Polycrystalline GaAs Wafer), By Technique (Vertical Gradient Freeze (VGF), Liquid Encapsulated Czochralski (LEC) Growth, The Bridgman-Stockbarger Technique), By Application (Consumer Electronics, Communication And Technology, Automotive, General Lighting, Aerospace And Defense), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

  • Published : Dec 2022
  • Report Code : KSI061611364
  • Pages : 136

The global gallium arsenide (GaAs) wafer market was valued at US$179.360 million in 2020 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 10.54% over the forecast period to reach US$361.787 million by 2027.

The ability to operate at faster speeds than silicon is driving the demand for GaAs devices across various end-use industries such as communications, aerospace and defence, and electronics which, in turn, is boosting the demand for GaAs Wafers globally. Though the high cost of Gallium Arsenide is currently restraining the use of GaAs wafers in electronics, the efficient use of electricity by GaAs as compared to silicon as a substrate can provide an opportunity for GaAs wafers to be used for various applications. Moreover, properties such as better heat and radiation resistance will drive the use of these wafers for military applications, thus positively impacting the global GaAs market growth during the forecast period. 


The substantial growth drivers for the market are the growing adoption of smartphones and the increasing penetration of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in general lighting. The rising prominence of IoT has been one of the key reasons responsible for the increasing market trend. The technology has propelled a demand for high-frequency communication devices that are made with GaAs-based ICs. Also, with various companies expanding their communication infrastructure, the demand for GaAs-based devices is likely to increase, which will fuel the growth of the GaAs wafers market in the forthcoming years. The need for GaAs devices across various end-user industries such as aerospace & defence, electronics, and communications is rising, which, in turn, is accelerating the demand for GaAs Wafers globally. Furthermore, another crucial factor driving the growth of the GaAs wafer market includes the rising adoption of 4G and 5G technologies worldwide.


The high production cost of the wafers is anticipated to be a restraining factor affecting the GaAs wafer market. Its price is a significant drawback, which explains its low utilization. To solve this, engineers and researchers are constantly working on new methods of manufacturing thin films of low-cost gallium arsenide to create devices that can replace silicon, thereby fuelling the efficiency of photovoltaic cells.

Asia Pacific to Dominate the Market

Asia Pacific region has an is an increasing demand for smart devices. China, Taiwan, India, and Japan have soaring demand for advanced technological devices such as smart devices, computers, laptops, and smartphones further propelling the regional market's growth. The product offers enhanced connectivity through improved data transmission and quality than the semiconductor devices. GaAs products can be manufactured on a large scale with very high yield rates, thus, improving business growth. The rising Internet penetration, 4G and 5G networks, as well as the expansion of the electronic industry, are projected to fuel the development of the global GaAs market. The demand for GaAs wafers in the area is growing robustly. China dominates the market for the electronics sector. There is considerable government support in this region which has fostered market growth. For instance, the Chinese government is promoting its indigenous technology market by funding its industry players. The requirement for a safe, reliable, and clean energy source in various countries is likely to soar the demand for solar cells, which will help the development of the market of GaAs wafers. Taiwan has recognized the wafer market as one of the most critical areas of technological development, thus, driving the market growth. According to SEMI, the world semiconductor equipment market is estimated to cross the USD 100 billion mark in 2022, with Taiwan ranked second in procurement. The region's low labor and production costs are important factors fuelling the market's growth. Owing to the increasing production, Taiwan is expected to hold a substantial market share in the market studied. Consumer spending and changing consumption patterns towards more discretionary spending are expected to significantly contribute to the growth of semiconductor manufacturing in the region.

Key Developments

  • June 2022 - Okmetic participated in the EU-wide Position II project that was comprised of 43 partners and 12 countries. By utilizing the available technology platforms for miniaturization, wireless connectivity, in-tip AD conversion, MEMS transducer technology, and encapsulation, the project aimed to create the next generation of smart catheters and implants. These platforms have been made available to a wide range of consumers and applications.
  • May 2022 - The MOSIS Service of Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, declared a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with WIN Semiconductors Corp. to fuel the development of GaAs and GaN MMICs (monolithic microwave integrated circuits) with WIN Semiconductors’ GaAs and GaN process technologies. The collaboration would support the innovative, reliable, and effective design and prototyping flow through the multi-project wafer projects with the MOSIS Service and WIN Semiconductors.
  • February 2022 - ProAsia Semiconductor Corporation., which is a subsidiary of Optotech Corporation, Taiwan, declared its plan to invest NT 3 billion (USD 107.63 million) to create chips using third-generation semiconductor materials. The program would support the demand for the fast-growing EVs, 5G, as well as green energy markets.

COVID-19 Pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent government implementations regarding lockdowns and social distancing severely affected the semiconductor sector, impacting the manufacture of semiconductor components and lowering customer demand, thus, impeding the growth of the global market. 

Global Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) Wafer Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2020  US$179.360 million
 Market Size Value in 2027  US$361.787 million
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 10.54% from 2020 to 2027
 Base Year  2020
 Forecast Period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Million
 Segments Covered  Type, Technique, Application, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered Wafer Technology Ltd, Mitsubishi Chemical, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH, AXT Inc., Xiamen Powerway Advanced Material Co., Ltd, Semiconductor Wafer Inc., Atecom Technology Co., Ltd, Vital Materials Co Limited
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type
    • Single Crystal GaAs Wafer
    • Polycrystalline GaAs Wafer
  • By Technique
    • Vertical Gradient Freeze (VGF)
    • Liquid Encapsulated Czochralski (LEC) Growth
    • The Bridgman-Stockbarger Technique
  • By Application
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Communication and Technology
    • Automotive
    • General Lighting
    • Aerospace and Defense
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
      • France
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Isreal
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Taiwan
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global gallium arsenide (GaAs) wafer market is projected to reach a total market size of US$361.787 million by 2027.
Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) Wafer Market was valued at US$179.360 million in 2020.
The gallium arsenide (GaAs) wafer market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 10.54% during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the flexible OLED display market.
The substantial growth drivers for the gallium arsenide wafer market are the growing adoption of smartphones and the increasing penetration of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in general lighting.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Covid-19 Scenario

1.3. Market Definition

1.4. Market Segmentation



2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions



3.1. Research Highlights



4.1. Market Driver

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of End-Users

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis



5.1. Introduction

5.2. Single Crystal GaAs Wafer

5.3. Polycrystalline GaAs Wafer



6.1. Introduction

6.2. Vertical Gradient Freeze (VGF)

6.3. Liquid Encapsulated Czochralski (LEC) Growth

6.4. The Bridgman-Stockbarger Technique



7.1. Introduction

7.2. Consumer Electronics

7.3. Communication and Technology

7.4. Automotive

7.5. General Lighting

7.6. Aerospace and Defense



8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. United States

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. UK

8.4.2. Germany

8.4.3. France

8.4.4. Italy

8.4.5. Spain

8.4.6. Others

8.5. Middle East and Africa (MEA)

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Isreal

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific 

8.6.1. Japan

8.6.2. China

8.6.3. India

8.6.4. Australia

8.6.5. South Korea

8.6.6. Indonesia

8.6.7. Thailand 

8.6.8. Taiwan

8.6.9. Others



9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix



10.1. Wafer Technology Ltd

10.2. Mitsubishi Chemical

10.3. Sumitomo Electric Industries

10.4. Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH

10.5. AXT Inc.

10.6.  Xiamen Powerway Advanced Material Co., Ltd

10.7. Semiconductor Wafer Inc. 

10.8. Atecom Technology Co., Ltd

10.9. Vital Materials Co Limited

Wafer Technology Ltd

Mitsubishi Chemical

Sumitomo Electric Industries

Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH

AXT Inc.

 Xiamen Powerway Advanced Material Co., Ltd

Semiconductor Wafer Inc. 

Atecom Technology Co., Ltd

Vital Materials Co Limited

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