Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3) Market Size By Application (Semiconductor, Flat Panel Display, LED, Solar PV Cells), Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 - 2025

Published Date: Sep 2019  |  Report ID: GMI4340  |  Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Shreya Deb

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 135   |   Base Year: 2018

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Nitrogen Trifluoride Market size surpassed USD 900 million in 2018 and will expect consumption of over 50 kilo tons by 2025.

U.S. Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3) Market Size, By Application, 2018 & 2025, (Tons)

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Rising nitrogen trifluoride market demand, primarily used in a semiconductor, flat panel display, LED and solar PV cell industries as a chamber cleaning gas is projected to drive the market growth. Well established semiconductor industry in the U.S., high disposable income, high investments in research & development in electronics industry are the key driving factors of the market in North America.

Global semiconductors market sales accounted for over USD 465 billion in 2018 driven by growing demand from computers, smartphones, supercomputers, medical diagnostic equipment and consumer electronics products containing various semiconductors which have a major impact on electronic special gases market. Growing semiconductor demand primarily in China, Japan, South Korea and South East Asian countries have enabled the nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) market growth for their applications in deposition, etching and chamber cleaning. Taiwan electronic special gases market accounted for around 19% of the Asia Pacific market share in 2018 owing to presence of major semiconductor & flat panel display fabrication facilities in the country indicates high penetration for NF3 in the application industries.

Benefits associated with NF3 such as reliability, safety, highest quality, advantages of relative ease of use at ambient conditions along with the ability to act as a fluorinating agent offers NF3 an advantage over other electronic special gases. As a result, the gas has gained commercial acceptance in electronics industry for its use in thermal and plasma cleaning applications owing to its advantages such as high etch rates, carbon-free etching, high selectivity, and minimal residual contamination, thereby driving the industry growth.

Nitrogen trifluoride is increasingly used as a fluorine source in high-energy chemical lasers, on account of its ease of use as compared to fluorine gas. In addition, it is used as an intermediate in the production of specialized chemicals, fluorinating agent and as a gas in lamp which is projected to propel market growth.

Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3) Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2018 Market Size in 2018: 900 Million (USD)
Historical Data for: 2014 to 2018 Forecast Period: 2019 to 2025
Forecast Period 2019 to 2025 CAGR: 11.7% 2025 Value Projection: 2 Billion (USD)
Pages: 135 Tables, Charts & Figures: 99
Geographies covered (13): U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia
Segments covered: Application, and Region
Companies covered (17): Mitsui Chemicals, OCI Materials, American Gas Group, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Foosung Co, Hyosung Co, Linde AG, Navin Fluorine International, Central Glass Co, Formosa Plastics, Kanto Denga Kogyo Co Ltd (KDK), Ulsan Chemical Co, Daesung, Matheson, BASF SE, Anderson Development, Praxair Technology, Inc
Growth Drivers:
  • North America - Growing demand for NF3 in manufacturing of flat panel display driven by growth of smartphones and tablets
  • Asia Pacific - Rapidly growing semiconductor and LED manufacturing industry
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Increasing use of fluorine as a direct replacement for NF3

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Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3) Market, By Application

Nitrogen trifluoride market demand from semiconductors is likely to exceed USD 1.3 billion up to 2025 on account of their increasing usage in clean process chambers. A thin layer of semi conductive film is applied to wafers inside the chamber and the NF3 gas removes the residues that these films leave on the chamber walls so that the chambers can operate efficiently and manufactures a quality device. The relatively long life of fluorine radicals made in the plasma makes it an efficient cleaner, easier and safer to handle and helps reducing GHG emission have a positive impact on the industry growth.

Flat panel display application segment may exhibit gains at over 12% on account of growing flat panel display sector thereby rising demand for high-purity NF3 gases for chamber cleaning. The gas used for chamber cleaning application increases cost effectiveness and environmental efficiency of display manufacturing processes as well as support the next generation of display technology thereby propelling product demand.

LED application segment is likely to exceed USD 120 million by 2025 owing to rapid growth in adoption of LED solid state lighting, driven by LCD TV backlighting and low-power general illumination applications. To meet expanding market for LED products, manufacturers need large amount of NF3 for larger LED fabs, which in turn may augment market growth.

Regional Insights

North America nitrogen trifluoride market size driven by the U.S., Canada and Mexico should surpass USD 190 million by 2025 owing to well-established semiconductor, LED and solar PV cell manufacturing industries in the region. High disposable income along with high spending on consumer electronics is projected to augment demand for semiconductor and electronics components which is projected to have positive impact on the market growth.

Europe, led by UK, Netherlands and Germany nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) market may witness substantial gains at over 9% during the projected time period owing to the rapid growth in semiconductor chips manufacturing in the region. Improved penetration of NF3 in semiconductor manufacturing for chamber cleaning and etching applications to remove residues on chamber walls is expected to regional growth.

Asia Pacific market, led by China, South Korea, and Japan might record gains at over 11% upto 2025 pertaining to the significant growth in electronics manufacturing industry. Increasing investment in establishment of semiconductor and flat panel display fabrication facilities in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam is expected to positively impact the industry growth. Cleaning of silicon residues from process chambers improves cell efficiency by controlling critical impurities along with the product performance which is projected to accelerate the gas demand in the region.

 Competitive Market Share

The global nitrogen trifluoride market share is consolidated with presence of several key market participants including Linde, Air Products and Chemicals, and Air Liquid. Various manufacturers are focusing on enhancing their product portfolio to enhance the product performance while lowering the environmental impact while ensuring ultra-high product quality, timely delivery, flexibility, and security of the supply.

Industry Background

Nitrogen trifluoride is an electronic special gas with a specific industrial application in semiconductor, LED, flat panel display and solar PV cell manufacturing industry. The production plants are located near electronics manufacturing hubs to offer support in all electronics manufacturing process. It is primarily used as a cleaning gas to clean deposits off the process chamber walls, etching and deposition applications in electronics component manufacturing. The gas is shipped in variety of container sizes such as cylinders, tonne tanks, tube trailers, and ISO containers to meet industry specific requirements.

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