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Linx Consulting Conducts First Independent Survey of Entire Electronic Gases Market

BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 28, 2015 — A new electronic gases service developed by Linx Consulting, the premier electronic materials consultant to the semiconductor industry, is the first in the industry to provide a comprehensive, independent survey of the entire electronic gases market.

Linx Electronic Specialty and Bulk Gases Service covers the entire spectrum of specialty and bulk gases used in the global electronics industry, including 71 specialty gases and 5 bulk gases for semiconductor, flat panel displays, LEDs and PV applications.

The results of Linx’s survey of the electronic specialty and bulk gas market forecasted a total gas market of $4.1B in 2014. Other industry estimates forecasted the total 2014 electronic gases market at $3.5 billion a year, which is 15% ($.6 billion) below the actual market size of $4.1B forecasted by Linx.

To create a baseline for this new report, Linx surveyed the entire gases market from January - April of 2015, with most of the research conducted in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan. The results of this independent survey indicated the electronic specialty gas market was over $2.1 billion in 2014, with electronic bulk gases representing another $1.9 billion, for a total market for electronic gases at $4.1B.

Electronic Specialty and Bulk Gases Service is the only independent service that covers the entire gases market. Recent changes in the electronic specialty gases supply chain have some companies exiting the market and others choosing not to add capacity. Based on this, the electronics industry is experiencing critical supply tightness around such key molecules as Neon, C4F6, WF6, NF3 and others, causing the price of these products to spike.

Electronic Specialty and Bulk Gases Service offers analysis on various supply and demand factors, as well as market growth of each segment (5 year CAGR % on a volume and value basis). The service covers 71 electronic specialty gas product and market groups and 5 bulk gases in semiconductor, LCD, LED, and PV applications.

Linx Consulting is the leading electronic materials consulting firm, serving the semiconductor and electronics industries worldwide. The firm develops unique insights and creates knowledge at the intersection of advanced thin film processing and performance chemicals and materials.