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Semiconductor chemicals and materials market leaders continue to hold onto razor thin leadership positions, with exchange rates can play a big part, according to the report “Chemicals and Materials for Sub-100 nm IC Manufacturing,” recently published by The Information Network.

Market share differences between the top two leaders in these four major chemical and material sectors are less than 3.4%. In three out of the four sectors, the top leaders are in different countries, so swings in exchange rates will readily tip the scale.

European companies benefited from a week euro and gained 0.5% market share in exchange rates. Japanese companies lost nearly a 0.7% share because of a strong Yen in 2010.

Material

Top Two Leaders

(alphabetical order)

Market Share Difference

Country

Semiconductor Gases

Air Liquide (OTCPK:AIQUY)

0.2%

Europe

Air Products (APD)

USA

Liquid Chemicals

BASF (OTCQX:BASFY)

3.4%

Europe

KMG Chemicals (KMGB)

USA

Silicon Wafers

Shin-Etsu Handotai

0.8%

Japan

Sumco

Japan

Copper 1st Step Slurry

DA Nano

0.2%

USA

Fujimi

Japan

Source: Competition Intense in Semiconductor Chemicals and Materials Sectors