A Charge in the Growth of Electronic Wet Chemicals

A Charge in the Growth of Electronic Wet Chemicals

By Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence Blog

The global electronic wet chemical market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.73% to reach a market size of US$3,308.455 million in 2027 from US$2,393.468 million in 2020. 

The market penetration of these electronic wet chemicals has witnessed growth in industries like electronics and semiconductors. They are increasingly being used in modern technology industries like new energy, information network technology, modern communications, computers, industrial automation, microcomputer mechanical intelligence systems, and home appliances.

The electronic wet chemicals are extremely pure in nature owing to which they are broadly used in applications like cleaning and etching during the production and processing of semiconductors. Further, the commercialization of nano-based devices has also boosted the market potential for etching and photoresist chemicals with numerous technological advancements. An increase in the usage of semiconductors, as well as integrated chips in the manufacturing of electrical components, is expected to augment the growth of the electronic wet chemicals market with the passage of time. Thus, an increase in the demand for the building of electrical components because of various technological advancements in the electronics industry is projected to be a key factor in driving the growth of the electronic wet chemicals market.

APAC region to hold majority market share over others in the electronic wet chemicals market

APAC is projected to be the largest and the fastest growing region in the electronic wet chemicals market, due to the inclining demand for consumer goods and, the presence of numerous microelectronic device manufacturers in the region. The rise in demand has been possible due to factors like rising disposable income, growing population, and economic growth in countries like China, Taiwan, and South Korea. These factors are thus predicted to significantly propel the demand for these electronic wet chemicals in the region. China is considered to be among the leading producers of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) across the globe. Further, PCB production is growing rapidly due to expansions in various Asian countries, like Vietnam and Thailand. Countries like China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea are among the leading PCB manufacturing countries worldwide. According to the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association), production by the Japanese electronics industry was recorded to have risen by a whopping 110.8% in 2021 to reach JPY 10,954.34 billion, as compared to the previous year. Hence, it is forecasted to substantially increase the demand for the wet chemicals market in Japan for electronic, as well as semiconductor applications. Additionally, Japan is recorded to have about 30 semiconductor fab industries currently, that are involved in the manufacturing of various semiconductor chips. The semiconductor supply chain of Japan provides about one-third of the global semiconductor manufacturing equipment and over half of the materials in the industry. Thus, all these factors are projected to greatly boost the overall demand for wet chemicals in the Asia Pacific region, which is greatly going to attribute to the global market size as well.

Innovations in the industry to further catalyse market growth

The electronic wet chemical market has shown tremendous growth owing to the inclining demand for electronic and semiconductor production in a lot of regions of the world. In accordance with a press release published in May 2022, Solvay is said to be introducing a novel Renewable Materials and Biotechnology platform, which would focus on the production of innovative and sustainable solutions for a plethora of sectors via the usage of renewable feedstocks and biotechnology. By expanding the portion of renewable carbon in its product portfolio and establishing fresh business prospects that are allowed by biotechnology, this new platform would bring many Solvay companies together in order to aid to the growing demand for sustainable solutions. Battery Materials, Thermoplastic Composites, and Green Hydrogen are three of Solvay’s established growth platforms. Increasing innovations like this in the industry is thus projected to further drive growth in the market.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Electronic Wet Chemical Market

Various organizations were severely impacted due to the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a consequence of the shutdown of various important industries that followed in numerous countries as a result of the subsequent nationwide lockdowns, the global economy got severely affected and faced a downward trend. Because of all these factors, the electronic wet chemical industries were also negatively impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. The market had to encounter major shortages due to the stir caused by most of the major supply and manufacturing lines. Further, owing to a lack in the production of semiconductors, the output of the wet chemicals market got restricted to a great. Many industries in various electronic sectors were affected by this lack of semiconductors, as well as wet chemicals. However, with the ease of restrictions by governments across the world and the betterment of the situation, the market has again observed a rise in its demand. Additionally, the electronic industry has witnessed robust growth in demand ever since the resumption in the working of manufacturing units and this is anticipated to augment the growth of the market.